Slaughterhouse at Revolution Live, March 19
Following "Sound Off," with Ortiz's rapid-fire delivery stealing the performance, the group proceeded with its "Shady 2.0 Cypher" freestyle, but Crooked I's verse was left out, for the time being, at least. With anticipation building for Royce's verse, the audience jumped at the opportunity to shout "Hi, Rihanna," the line made infamous by the Detroit MC at the BET Awards last year.
The men to women ratio did not go unnoticed when Ortiz made a sarcastic shout out to "all 15" of the women in attendance.
Crooked I stood away from the spotlight for most of the night, but stood center stage to deliver his tongue twisting verse from "Shady 2.0 Cypher" a capella, with the occasional "oh" and "ah" being heard throughout the crowd.
Jokes and humor go a long way to keeping one's sanity while on tour, away from your family, even if it comes at the expense of a tour-mate. Royce took time out to put Ortiz on the spot, sharing an act he puts on while on the road. Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgettin'" hit the speakers and Ortiz sang swaying back in forth in a cheesy, karaoke fashion as Budden joined in on the joke by dancing to the song.
Slaughterhouse followed up Ortiz's glee skills with their new single "Hammer Dance" off their upcoming album, welcome to: OUR HOUSE.
The jokes continued as Budden and Ortiz did their best imitations of Royce's spitfire bars at the end of his second verse of his Eminem collaboration "Fast Lane," poking fun at the difficulty of understanding what he said.
As the show wound down, Budden performed his 2003 hit single, "Pump It Up," followed by Royce's half of "Lighters," met with lighters held up by audience members, and of course Budden's best imitation of Bruno Mars' vocals.
The crowd: A couple of groupies here and there doing their best to shove their way to the front and one girl grinding on her date to some not-so-grinding hip-hop.
Wish list: Was really hoping to hear "Move On."
Personal bias: Joell Ortiz owned the crowd from the beginning.
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