Grammy Award-nominated Detroit rap artist Royce Da 5’9 just revealed his opinion of Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked’s upcoming project in an Instagram post.
On Friday (February 25), The Allegory lyricist posted a photo illustration of the cover art for The Rise And Fall Of Slaughterhouse, Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked’s new collaborative album and a follow-up to 2020’s H.A.R.D. EP.
Nickle Nine also shared an anecdotal, hypothetical story about Slaughterhouse — the four-man Hip Hop group he was once a part of along with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked.
“You have 25% ownership/equity in a building,” Royce Da 5’9 wrote on Instagram. “Let’s say an apartment building… You built this building with your 3 partners, brick by brick.. It’s worth millions.. Suddenly, the value drops because it needs renovations etc .. You and your partners have been talking about when and how this work is gonna get done.. Y’all just need to agree on plan of attack.”
As he continued on in the length caption, Royce Da 5’9 introduced a conflict of interest that would essentially test his loyalty in exchange for essentially thirty pieces of silver.
“Meanwhile: You and just one of the other partners receive an offer 2 build another building together but with just the 2 of you,” he said. “Minus your other 2 partners… Yes… There’s a check involved.. BUT… Just One Catch: You have to burn down the building you already have without informing your other 2 partners in order to do so.”
Royce Da 5’9 ended by posing a rhetorical question to his followers, which naturally, he answered on his own.
“Would you do it?” he wrote. “Didn’t think so… Me either.”
Ex-Slaughterhouse member Joe Budden quickly jumped in the comments of the post, stamping his approval of Royce Da 5’9’s shot at Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked by writing “SMH.”
Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked’s The Rise And Fall Of Slaughterhouse album is scheduled to drop on March 11 and features 13-tracks. Though Ortiz and Crooked collaborated together in 2020, their new release marks the first time any members of Slaughterhouse have joined forces for a project bearing the group’s namesake since their 2012 welcome to: OUR HOUSE album.
Following the dismantling of Slaughterhouse in 2018, Royce Da 5’9″ and Joell Ortiz remained close and spoke to HipHopDX in 2020 about the early beginnings of the group and how everything was about being “Lyrical” at first.
Check out the video for Slaughterhouse’s KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz’s “Vacancy” below.