As the supergroup Slaughterhouse, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I are among the most respected lyricists in rap. They’ve all endured career struggle only to find the most acclaim and recognition of their career as part of Slaughterhouse, which released an eponymous EP February 8 and recently signed with Eminem’s Shady Records.
We sat down with the supreme rhymers as they reveaed their 5 Posse Cuts Of All Time.
Marley Marl - The Symphony (1988)
Featuring Master Ace, Graig G., Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane.
Joe Budden: “Everybody just got busy. I think the rappers were ahead of their time. To this day, as classic as the record is, I still have a hard time telling you who had the best verse on it. Marley Marl bodied it as far as the beat went. It’s just classic. It’s one of the first posse records I ever heard and it’s stood the test of time.”
Royce Da 5’9”: “Yeah. That’s one of those records that you can’t really find anybody that doesn’t like it.”
The Stop The Violence Movement - Self-Destruction (1989)
Royce Da 5’9”: “I would have to throw that in there just because it’s positive. It came at a time where rap went in a positive direction. All the people that you thought were cool and looked up to were saying some positive shit to you.”
Jay-Z - Reservoir Dogs (1998)
Featuring Beanie Sigel, The Lox, Sauce Money.
Joell Ortiz: “That was one of those tough ones. You got the Lox and the Roc in their heyday, just sparring, giving each other verses and just doing what they do, trading off on some real hip-hop stuff.”
Noreaga - Banned From TV (1998)
Featuring Nature, Big Punisher, Cam’ron and Styles and Jadakiss from The Lox.
Joell Ortiz: “That’s one of those joints where you just hear that beat and you know what it is. Pun was on it, rest in peace. It was the legends of our generation.”
Royce Da 5’9”: “It was instrumental in New York hip-hop. New York needed those records at the time.”
EPMD - Head Banger (1992)
Featuring Redman, K-Solo.
Joe Budden: “It was really influential to me coming up. It might have been on of the first records to make me make the stank ugly face, like ‘Oh my goodness. What is that?’”
Royce Da 5’9”: “That was back when a lot of rappers -- most of them -- used to aim to air shit out. It was cool to be lyrical back then. Redman, that’s one of the verses that inspired me to rap. Redman was close to his prime at that time. He might have been the best to me, at that moment. Whenever Redman was on something, I’d go listen to it just to hear what kind of damage he was about to do.”
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