Wipe your feet before you enter. On On May 15, Slaughterhouse will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, welcome to: Our House, on Shady Records. Thursday (January 26) morning, the four-man group — which consists of Royce da 5'9", Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I — also announced a 43-date tour that will begin on March 8 in Dallas and conclude May 3 in Boston.
Slaughterhouse formed in 2008 after the four soloists collaborated for the first time on a Joe Budden song called "Slaughterhouse." The rap quartet enjoyed some indie success when they dropped their self-titled debut on E1 in 2009 and eventually caught the attention of Eminem, who announced that he had signed the group in January 2011.
While Eminem is regarded as a lyrical god in rap circles, Slaughterhouse explained to MTV News that Slim Shady let the group do their own thing when recording the album, allowing the foursome to find their way. "He's kinda walking on eggshells around us creatively. He's telling us basically, 'Do exactly what y'all did last time. We're just gonna do it on a bigger level.
Y'all don't need me to make records; y'all can do that,' " Royce told MTV News in September.
Still, just having Em involved in any capacity is exciting for the group. "He's a great person, and I think that's one of the things that makes me most excited about the project," Budden remarked. "Being with him, you just totally forget that he's one of the dopest rappers and he's so successful. He's a great person, and he's still a humongous fan of the culture and very much in tune with what's happening."
Ortiz echoed the sentiment: "He really is a fan, too, though. He's a fan of Slaughterhouse. When he comes in and listens to songs, it's not to critique them; it's to listen.
"I just feel like he's the perfect boss for this group, and we couldn't have a better home," Ortiz concluded.
Dates for the Slaughterhouse tour:
»March 8 - Dallas, TX @ Trees/Southside
»March 9 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse/ House of Blues
»March 10 - Austin, TX @ Beauty Ballroom
»March 11 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
»March 16 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
»March 17 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
»March 18 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
»March 22 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
»March 23 - Nashville, TN @ The Cannery Ballroom
»March 24 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
»March 25 - Baltimore, MD @ SoundStage
»March 26 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
»March 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
»March 28 - Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
»March 29 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
»March 31 - Bowling Green, KY @ Lava Lounge
»April 1 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
»April 2 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
»April 5 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
»April 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
»April 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
»April 8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
»April 9 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy
»April 10 - San Diego, CA @ Porters Pub
»April 11 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
»April 14 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
»April 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Harry O's
»April 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
»April 18 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
»April 19 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
»April 20 - TBD
»April 21 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
»April 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Epic
»April 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
»April 25 - Kalamazoo, WI @ Kalamazoo Theatre
»April 26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
»April 27 - TBD
»April 28 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues/Grogshop
»April 29 - Toledo, OH @ Omni
»April 30 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
»May 1 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
»May 2 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's
»May 3 - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
Do you plan on seeing Slaughterhouse live? Let us know in the comments!