“Attach your fucking names to those blogs,” Joe Budden demanded last night after listening session host Sway told him journalists in the Sirius XM studio planned to recap their thoughts on his group Slaughterhouse’s forthcoming album, Welcome to: Our House (out Aug. 28). “Don’t be all discreet,” he continued.

Their label boss and rap great Eminem, who mixed and co-produced almost every song on the album, joined Joe and the rest to support. “I feel like hip-hop needs this,” he said. He also explained that this album is more than a bunch of lyrical guys randomly rapping their asses off. It’s structured, with more conceptual records. “It’s competitive, but it’s about making a song,” Em said.

His assessment holds true. Our House is a solid album, touching on topics more varied than listeners have come to expect from the foursome. Each member opens up tremendously, revealing emotions and delving into issues they’ve rarely touched on—deaths in the family, tabloid rumors, life’s adversity. Continue reading for our notes on each song and details on who produced what.

Written by Brad Wete (@BradWete)

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