Watch Slaughterhouse’s new video ’Hammer Dance.’
The boys (Royce da 5’9, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Joe Buddens) of Slaughterhouse hopped a Megabus down to Austin for this year’s SXSW festivities (who didn’t?) to play in Eminem’s Shady 2.0 showcase concert. They brought some guys with cameras along (who didn’t?) and figured, “Hey… might as well shoot a video for ’Hammer Dance’ while we’re here!”
“Hammer Dance” is the first single from Slaughterhouse’s upcoming album and was produced by the MPC miracle, AraabMuzik. (Or is it A$APmuzik now?) Either way, Araab gets real spooky on this one, sampling Korn’s “Falling Away From Me” and adding his ridiculously dense and intricate drums. The ’House brought him out at the SXSW show, and it’s insane he’s able to do that in real time on a drum machine.
Watch Slaughterhouse’s “Hammer Dance” video after the jump.
Remember the video for “Falling Away From Me“? There was like, a miniature Korn playing a show in a jewelry box in some crying girl’s room who’s ignoring her angry father, who is just trying to sleep, like he doesn’t have to work for a living to put a roof over her head or anything. And then Korn turn all normal-size but keep on rocking, and there’s all these “Children of the Corn”-looking kids in her front yard fist-pumping in unison. Then she just goes outside and Korn changes back into a ball of energy which she keeps in the jewelry box. Korn videos were so weird.
Well the video to “Hammer Dance” is nothing like that — it’s basically just a straight concert video mixed with a BBQ where they cooked a whole pig, but not before stringing the pig up over a tree by a noose (subtle)… mixed a little more with some shots of a “turnt up” (looking) Kanye West just randomly staring into the camera when he’s getting his photo taken on a red carpet at some South-By event. MTV was actually there during the filming, and the video was described as “…just a day in the life of Slaughterhouse, a lot of energy. We’re just average dudes trying to do extraordinary things.” I don’t know what that means, but based off a lot of the backstage footage in the video, it looked like a good time (two shouts out to Riff Raff).
The song feels bigger than the video, though, and I guess I just really liked their first one where Joell Ortiz was zipping up a pair of skinny white jeans and dipping out of a hotel room in the early morning. Whatever, we can expect more from Slaughterhouse this summer and their new album, Welcome to: Our House. Eminem is mixing the whole record. That’s a good thing.