For five years, Slaughterhouse fans have been patiently waiting for the long-overdue release of Glass House, the follow-up to the rap supergroup's major label debut, Welcome to: Our House, which was released on Interscope and Shady Records in 2012.
Unfortunately, it appears as though the album might never arrive.
In a post to Instagram on Saturday (July 29), Slaughterhouse founding member Crooked I expressed frustration over the album being grounded, a project he says, "captured a moment in time," but at the same time, he reaffirmed his commitment to making the very best he's capable of.
"I hope one day you get Glasshouse because you deserve it," wrote Crooked I. "A lot of creatives came together on that project and captured a moment in time that I would luv to share with the world. I fought the good fight to bring you those gems but like they say you can't win them all. So moving forward I'm directing my energy to giving you the absolute best music I can possibly give you. I'm not turning my mic off no time soon."
Following his Instagram post, Crooked responded to several questions on Twitter, including whether or not the blame for the album's delay rests at the feet of Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg.
In short, the answer is no:
In April, I spoke with a source close to rapper Joell Ortiz, who confirmed that the album has been complete and ready to go. "The fellas have been just caught up doing their individual shake and bake but the album is fire," said the source.
In 2014, the group released a 10-track free mixtape, entitled House Rules, but since then, all four members have splintered, pursuing their own creative paths. Joe Budden released two solo albums (All Love Lost, Rage & The Machine), became a podcaster and took a job at Complex; Joell Ortiz released a solo album (House Slippers) and a joint project with producer !llmind (Human); Crooked I released a solo album (Good vs. Evil) and a joint project with producer Statik Selektah (Statik KXNG); and Royce da 5'9" released a solo album (Layers), a critically-acclaimed joint project with producer DJ Premier as PRhyme, and three mixtapes (Lost Files, Tabernacle: Trust the Shooter and The Bar Exam 4).