Slaughterhouse at Revolution Live, March 19

Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale
Monday, March 29, 2011

Better than: A 112 reunion concert 

Joell Ortiz was the first to step out from backstage to recite his share

of "The Illest," a song that samples fellow Brooklyn native Biggie. The song served as the introduction to Ortiz's and fellow members Crooked I and Joe Budden's lyrical ability as both contributed their verses to the performance with Royce Da 5'9" strolling on stage at the end, Patrón bottle to his lips.

Ortiz took the initiative to introduce the other three

members after the supergroup's "Onslaught 2" performance, with Budden getting

high praise from the ladies, and then introducing Ortiz.

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'


Critic's Notebook

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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