Song of the Day: “The One” – Slaughterhouse
My favorite group right now, Slaughterhouse, is pretty much the answer to every hip-hop dilemma since “Rumpshaker.” Imagine Wu-Tang as a four-man band of gangster caricatures out to outperform every rap supergroup ever. They’re rude, crude, and comically close to being straight metal. Made up of Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce da 5’9, and Crooked I, Slaughterhouse comes at a time when hip hop’s focus has shifted from honest storytelling to material-centric lyrics. They’ve taken to the mic at just the right moment to transition rap back to the street, knocking it from its penthouse reserve. In their first video it looks as though it’s their last night in the sky and they’re going out with a bang. Their first single “The One” produced by DJ Khalil employs a heavy metal sample beneath arguably the most insane bars this year. Hear for yourself: I’m wreckless with lead / Zepplin instead / Let’s get a keg / Let’s split a mescaline, it messes with ya head / I’m sexing a les’ and her best friend in bed / I love these freak women / Something in my demin need a KISS, call it Gene Simmons. Throw some confetti.