Slaughterhouse at Cervantes', 4/18/12

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Britt Chester
Slaughterhouse last night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom.


SLAUGHTERHOUSE @ CERVANTES' | 4/18/12

Emerging onto the stage one by one -- Crooked I first, followed by Joell Ortiz and then Royce da 5'9" and, finally, Joe Budden -- the members of Slaughterhouse came together like a perfect storm and immediately proceeded to murder the game. Royce da 5'9" climbed a speaker almost straight off and demanded that the lights get turned all the way off, and the crew went into "Sound Off" in the relative darkness, sending the capacity crowd into an absolute frenzy.

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Britt Chester
Slaughterhouse at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom last night.
Each of the four members of Slaughterhouse is a force in his own right, so to see them come together so seamlessly as a group is pretty incredible to witness. They introduced each other with the gusto of sports announcers, and as they rocked hits from their self-titled full-length, the MCs left plenty of room for each other.

On "Not Tonight," the guys backed each other up in perfect rap harmony and highlighted the Slaughterhouse rhyme skills to the fullest, and the crowd -- which the group interacted with like old friends -- ate it up. Slaughterhouse's major debut dropped in 2009 -- a lifetime ago in the world of hip-hop -- so it was great seeing fan reaction to their lyricism with serious recognition of the songs.

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Britt Chester
Slaughterhouse at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom last night.
Taking a moment to let each individual member's work shine, Budden performed "Pump It Up," and when Royce's turn came up, he chose to let Eminem's track, "Lose Yourself," play for a little longer than was comfortable (it's long been rumored that Royce has ghost-written for Eminem, so this moment was interesting). Em or no Em, the crowd lost their minds.

The most memorable moment of the night came when Ortiz took a moment to sing over Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgetting," at the behest of his bandmates, while the crowd grooved and cheered at the old-school moment. Ortiz seemed to play the most solid facilitator, effortlessly backing his group members up with his fierce rap voice. Budden was standoffish and slightly moody, perfect for his character, while Crooked I was so comfortable he could have rapped to the adoring crowd all night.

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Britt Chester
Foodchain at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom last night.
Earlier in the evening, Foodchain otherwise turned in the most impressive set of the evening. If you've seen the act's set as many times as we have, it was easy to see where the guys have added in new elements and tightened up their live show. From the opening to the closing, there were little perks and quirks that made their live show better than ever.

Flowalition, meanwhile, kicked rhymes that were revolutionary and pretty insightful and were most definitely a favorite among the crowd. We've seen them rock before, but this is the first time we've really gotten to watch their set. The music is definitely tight. At the beginning of the night, Mr. Midas did what he could with an early stoic crowd, while SP Double got them moving a little more. Chants of "Loyalty Honor Respect!" ricocheting throughout the venue during his set.

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Britt Chester
SP Double at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom last night.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: Slaughterhouse!!!! I love rappers.

Random Detail: Yonnas of BLKHRTS was moving through the audience shrouded in black.

By The Way: Foodchain should add the intro of each MC into the dynamic closing part of their show. P.S. -- Mic Coats, I see you.



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Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

2637 Welton St., Denver, CO

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doesit matter
doesit matter

tony,it never ceases to amaze me that people who dislike hip hop, find the time to make derogatory comments about it, via channels that they should never be aware of in the first place. if you told me a skin head death metal show was fantastic last night, i would say, i had NO idea there WAS a skin head death metal show last night. if you dislike the genre so much, why are you wasting your time reading, and, commenting on it. its not logical. i dont assume that fleet foxes or lady gaga or ezmeralda spaulding are making music for hip hop heads to enjoy. they are making music for the people who DO like what they do, not for people who dont. at least for people who like music SIMILAR to what they do. acdc never though some poor hispanic kid in 5th ward texas was going to be their biggest fan, thats silly. tony you dont like it, cause, you dont like it.

but other people do

its really that simple

Tony
Tony

If there are no instruments on stage it's just a bunch of fat punks screaming into a mic. It's garbage.  I looked them up on youtube, how many times can you scream the n word the f word and then call yourself an entertainer.....

I'd like to see this crowd witness this band, here are musicians, and entertainers, this same crowd would eat this up and then burn their rap crap cds.

Just  four minutes of your time,  watch this and you be the judge....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

itsmusic
itsmusic

definitely disagree...was the worst hiphop show i've ever seen. slaughterhouse spent more time talking and doing stupid shit than performing. and we really had to listen to lose yourself? sorry but there was nothing interesting about that, ghost writer or not. i had to fight the urge to walk out but i was determined to get my money's worth. it felt like they were just killing time and the emotion and energy was all surface, no passion behind the lyrics, just another day on stage. and it was far below capacity from the beginning. Talib had a capacity crowd, of course it was a cheap ticket, but if slaughterhouse was capacity then the crowd for talib was breaking major fire codes. by the time they got off the stage the crowd was pretty much cleared out. and the lights- awful. just horrendous. so whatever you were smoking/taking/drinking please share some next time because I would have loved to enjoy that waste of money and time slaughterhouse called a show.

Co Hip Hop Head
Co Hip Hop Head

I was THERE!!!! Were YOU???? this is a completely inaccurate acount of the events of the night... Foodchain killed it. The Live band NEVER FAILS (Colorado's own Roots) !! Flowalition should've opened the show (yawn) Mr Midas is a great performer as well, something up with the sound for his set. Sp Double did more then "get em moving a little more" I think his set was the turning point of the night. Overall this show proved that Hip Hop is ALIVE!

P.S. How can you blame the crowd for lack of energy? Lol. WESTWORD: Step your game up!

Zach Mcfarland
Zach Mcfarland

flowalition out of boulder my people held there ground with some big dog,s  good shit fam 

zach mcfarland
zach mcfarland

flowalition out of  boulder   my  people   held  there  ground  with some big dog,s  good shit  fam   

Tony
Tony

 I just asked why people are attracted to rap. If I was into Rap I'd be able to explain why I like it. .....Filthy street rats screaming nigger and fuck into a mic??  It's like now that your in 6th grade you can say naughty words all out loud and everything. Wow.

Here's Rap that works, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, drums and chords. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Apples and astronauts, Tony. Apples and astronauts.

doesit matter
doesit matter

you missed the point

your question is not relevant

some peope like those words being yelled into a mic

you are not one of them

PLR TEE
PLR TEE

I watched tony's video... Lmao...oh Tony,slap yourself. You suck. Then go to you tube and watch some Necro,Hyde, Slaine or colorados own Cadava Recordz, TME or Flowalition, Hip Hop ms alive,wake up Tony! TEE

doesit matter
doesit matter

i would disagree about your statement on two fronts. the first being that you are allowing a small percentage of a genre to be representative the whole. even if the vast majority are of the variety you dislike, that does not make the expressions wasteful, only not to your liking. in the future some will say that the most "abrasive" of these lyrics bear the closest representation of freedom of expression....others will say similar things to what youre saying, and to each their own....the other observation i would make is that your statements are so broad as to lack validity. there was a group that performed, with instruments onstage, and yet you make no mention of them at all. this makes me believe you simply dont like hip hop, which by all means is fair and fine, but i wonder why if you dont, you would waste YOUR time reading a blog about it. in any case, if you truly are looking for a sound that suits your taste better, do just a small google search for "underground" or "alternative" hio hop (although niether term is valid), and keep in mind that hip hop id a global phenomenon, not limited to local radio, or live venues. there is something out there for everyone, you could be a fan too

Tony
Tony

 Well said, but it's a shame that whole genera of music is wasted, I suppose these people in the 80s would be the Rick James fans, we have some good stuff to listen to from that era, I don't think anybody will get the old rap songs in 20 years, and have some cool jams to discover, it's just a waste.

Tony
Tony

I don't understand it, I can explain Black Sabbath, I can listen to the keyboards, I can listen to the bass, I can listen to the Cymbals, and Tony Iommi's guitar playing, I can explain Albert King, I can hear the piano, the horns, I can follow the bass guitar all the way through, then next time hear some horn section I didn't notice before. AC/DC is pretty much the same chords played in a reptttitive  rhythm, but there is a lot going on to listen to, guitar solos, etc. 

Rap I don't understand can you explain what rap is all about? Nigger this this nigger that, Fuck this fuck that. No instruments?? Whats your attraction to it?

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