“Tour Life” Part five: Slaughterhouse

It’s the last stop of the tour as I sit down with Slaughterhouse. By this point, I’ve watched Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9?, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I go through their set in Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Penticton, & Whistler. I’ve seen them drinking, drunk and hung over sauntering through the hotel lobby. I’ve run into Crooked I at 3 a.m. walking through Whistler with an entire large pizza under his arm, before getting distracted by some local women. I’ve watched Joe Budden leave $20 on a $20.03 breakfast bill. I’ve witnessed Royce da 5’9? guzzle Patron and Joell Ortiz instruct every crowd to cuss at the wall: “Fuck you, you bitchass wall!” Through all of it I’ve realized these four guys are very much the men you hear on record: brash, unapologetic, outspoken, hardnosed motherfuckers…..

“Tour Life” Part Three: Pharoahe Monch

If you’re going to talk to Pharoahe Monch, you better be ready to just slow down, take a breath and listen. Anything but your typical hot shot, fast talkin’ New York rapper, Pharoahe speaks on his own time. If you jump in, he doesn’t talk over you. When he tells stories, he does it in slow, thought out phrases reflecting intense focus. Yet answering a question provokes an almost distracted look as he sifts through the ideas in his head before deciding what to say next….