Tour Life with 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.
Now, finally we sit face to face with time dedicated to hearing it directly from the horses’ mouths.
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: There’s been a lot of talk about Slaughterhouse joining Shady. As a fan, that’s a really exciting possibility. What’s it look like with that situation at this point?
Royce da 5’9?: It looks great. It looks real good. It looks like how a fuckin’ sirloin steak would look sitting right here, right now.
Joell Oritz: It looks like the 9th inning, up 14 runs and whoever we’re pitching to, his batting average is .121, there’s nobody on base and it’s an 0-2 count. We’re gonna win.
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: Well that’s dope. You four guys got together and did this album and now all of a sudden you’re on all these tours. What has the process been like getting to know each other in such an intense way? When you’re on the road, you can’t really get away from the people you’re with. What’s that process been like for four grown men?
Joell Ortiz: Stop tryin’ to make us old (Laughing)…
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: What do you mean? I mean grown. I’m grown too. You know…
Joell Ortiz: You stressed the “grown” though.
Crooked I: It’s been a blessing to me because I’m learning from Joell, Nickel, Joey. It’s been a blessing to be around them to help in the growth of my creativity.
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: What kind of things have you learned being around them?
Crooked I: I learned different techniques to approach making a song. I may only have a certain way that I do it but when I see them and it makes sense to me, maybe they just gave me a jewel right there without even trying. So it all kinda benefits in being around dudes who respect the culture and still work hard at the craft you know?
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: By now you’ve gone from St. John’s to Vancouver, what’s your impression of Canada?
Joell Ortiz: We’ve been on five tours in twelve months. So we’ve pretty much seen a whole bunch. One thing I did see was that the kids that come out in Canada, they definitely come out to support and to support only. Like back in the States sometimes, there are artists in the audience, managers, other people that wanna do what you do so it’s not necessarily them being there for you, they just want to be at the event. But here in Canada, kids is giving it up. They partying with us, they toasting, taking drinks with us. Like really crowd participating. It’s been a real good experience.
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: Crooked, you and I spoke in Calgary when you joined the tour about your luck at the border. It really added a whole new level to the show when you arrived. What happened at the border?
Crooked I: Good luck. That customs was COB (Circle of Bosses) Canada, nah mean? They let me cross the border. They could have really held me. Cause last time I was here they told me don’t come back unless I did a few things with the Canadian consulate in America. And I didn’t get a chance to do all those particular things. I really got lucky coming into this country, that’s why I was just happy to be here. My whole day was better soon as I walked on the soil.
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: Now Joell, I know you’re on the Jack Daniels when you drink. Royce da 5’9?, you seem to favor the Patron –
Royce da 5’9?: Favor it? You can’t come up with a more, like, extreme or passionate term? (Turning to Crystal, Joe Budden’s manager) He said I seem to favor Patron. That ain’t the right word for me is it?
Crystal: He’s married to it. He got his wife and then his other wife Patron.
Royce da 5’9?: Actually, my wife is my other wife.
Crooked I: Sometimes I do the Patron, sometimes I do the Goose. That’s why I did the “Tequila, Vodka, Henny” because I just drink. Last night we had Jonny Walker, so it don’t even matter. Just get some fuckin’ liquor in my system. (Shouts to bartender) Another round! My favourite shit is Cisco. That’s my favourite shit to drink is cheap-ass, rock, gut Cisco. Back to the basics, get fuckin’ wasted. Liquid crack they used to call it.
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: Has anything surprised you up to this point as far as enthusiastic fans?
Royce da 5’9?: I think it was Montreal, I noticed somebody was holding up a sign that said “Yaaoowaa.” (It was actually Whistler) I think we had like three crowd divers that night too.
Joell Ortiz: Fuck outta here!? (Since it was the one show Joell missed).
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: Out of all the cities that you went to where did you have the best time recreation wise?
Joell Ortiz: Me, Edmonton Mall. That shit was nuts. Ridiculous.
Royce da 5’9?: The mall was so pretty that I tweeted that the town was pretty. And everybody replied like ‘nah the town ain’t pretty, the mall is pretty.”
Joell Ortiz: Indoor water park, ice rink, fuckin’ bowling, movies, a strip full of restaurants… a fucking strip full of restaurants (laughs)…a bar and another bar.
Royce da 5’9?: I went in there and got lost. I was in there for hours.
Crooked I: I got blasted and went and watched Kick Ass! By myself.
And that’s Tour Life with Slaughterhouse.
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