It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over. Eminem is reviving his Shady Records company, and today (January 12) announced the signing of two new acts: Hip-Hop supergroup Slaughterhouse and rapid-rising newcomer Yelawolf.
"Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady," Eminem explained in a statement. "It’s the new generation of Shady Records, and as we’re trying to rebuild our label, it’s exciting for hip-hop, and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody’s capable of on the mic, it’s gonna be fun." Look at that, nothing about beating up women or making fun of Michael J. Fox. I smell a ghost writer.
The four-man Slaughterhouse collective — Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9" — had been in talks with Shady Records for over a year working on the deal.
"I’ve been answering that question for a year and change, ever since that Drake ‘Forever’ music video," Budden told MTV News during an appearance on "RapFix Live," citing a scene where the group stands behind Em during his verse. "It’s like, Eminem is a whole other entity. The guy is nominated for 10 Grammys."
Southern rhyme slinger Yelawolf is backed by music industry veteran Kawan "KP" Prather, responsible for the early discovery of T.I.
"Considering where I’m from and the shit I’ve been through, it’s hard to put into words what partnering with Shady means to me, my team at Ghet-O-Vision and my state of Alabama," Yela said in a statement. "I can tell you that when you’re willing to give your life up to see a dream through, the reward is great. And now that I’ve become an apprentice to one of the greatest artists in the world, my potential reaches beyond anything I ever imagined. Let’s kill this shit."
Both acts are expected to deliver projects in the coming months, with Slaughterhouse already dropping a new single and EP.