It’s what the fans want, it seems to be what the artists want, so will the world see the hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse join Eminem’s Shady Records family?
The group — consisting of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9″ — appeared in Em’s performance scene for Drake’s “Forever” video, and rumors of the affiliation started to spread. Then radio personality/ journalist Miss Info shed a little light on the situation with a rumor she heard: “That Slaughterhouse appearance in ’Forever’ was indeed a non-verbal announcement of the contract negotiations going on behind the scenes. For the past month, both sides have been working towards bringing the group to the Shady label, and that the gathering of Em and the guys at the shoot is the first of more collaborations to come.”
On Monday, while promoting his album Street Hop (which comes out October 20), Royce talked with MTV News a bit about the possible alliance.
“It’s very much what it looks like,” Royce said of Slaughterhouse joining forces with Eminem. “That’s always a possibility. It’s conversations being had, very good conversations. I just did an interview recently and they asked me to a address the rumors. I said, ’Rumors are what they are, people see things and they jump to a conclusion.’ I never said it wasn’t going to happen — I left it right there in the middle. I think it would be a great thing if it could happen.”
Royce says he has been in discussion with Eminem and Slim Shady’s Paul Rosenberg for some time and the Slaughterhouse/ Shady Records deal isn’t looking too bad.
“I’ve been talking to Em and Paul for a long time,” Royce added. “With this particular situation, things are falling into place. Everything is in place where it’s supposed to be. I’m very prepared [for] when the opportunity presented itself. It’s a time where there’s things they need over here and certain things we need in order to move over there. I think it’s a good marriage. Like I said, I just hope it can happen.”
A rep for Shady had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment at press time.
Royce chose not to elaborate when asked if there was any music being made by Slaughterhouse featuring Eminem or vice versa.
“That’d be great, wouldn’t it?” he smiled.