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In the new issue of the Source, rap group Slaughterhouse talks about the art of rapping, reinventing themselves and being signed to the highest selling rapper of all time, Eminem. 

Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9” are four solo MCs who came together to form the supergroup Slaughterhouse, with the intention of raising the bar for the craft of MC’ing. In “Reservoir Underdogs,” on page 58, Joe Budden takes aim at the industry.


“I almost despise a lot of aspects that come along with this industry. All the red tape. All the politics. Everything that is in between me and my direct talent and the fans. The industry will jade you. The A**hole I am today is the man that y’all created.” –Joe Budden

On a separate collector’s cover, the Source tributes legendary group the Beastie Boys. With the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch, The Source decided to pay homage to the rap trio by giving them their very first Source cover. With quotes from Russell Simmons and Dante Ross, among others, “Licensed To Skill” on page 46 goes back in time to celebrate the legacy of the Beastie Boys, examining their importance to the musical growth of the genre and the expansion of the culture.

“You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party. That record kept us alive. There were times when we thought Def Jam’s doors were gonna close if not for the royalties that came from making that record.” –Russell Simmons