Since re-surfacing last year with Relapse, Eminem is really getting back into the groove of things in the music world. One thing he is focusing on presently is his label, Shady Records.
In an interview with BBC’s Radio 1 on Friday (June 4), the Detroit rapper revealed that “rebuilding” Shady Records will be one of his main priorities in the coming months … so he’s looking to sign new acts.
One, in particular, Em has been trying to lock down to a deal is with Slaughterhouse, the buzzing supergroup consisting of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9 and Joell Ortiz.
“We’re kinda trying to start the process of rebuilding our label, Shady Records,” Eminem explained. “I’m sure I’ll be looking for younger talent, coming up. There’s a new group we’re looking to sign, Slaughterhouse. But I don’t want to give anything away. We’re looking at a few [artists] now.”
Slaughterhouse has been linked to Eminem since appearing alongside him in the music video for Drake’s “Forever” single in September 2009. However, Slaugterhouse’s move to Shady has been held up, due to previous deals some of the members are still contractually binded to.
Joe Budden revealed in March that the group’s deal with E1 Music (formerly Koch Records) has been holding up the Shady Records deal. He claims Shady tried to offer the indie distributor a buyout, but they refused.
Despite the legalities, it seems Eminem is persistent in getting them over the Shady. When? That’s the only question that remains.
Joell Ortiz said the deal was in the “ninth inning” earlier this year, but also added that the group and Eminem have been collaborating already while they wait for the ink to dry.
“We got in the studio with Em already,” he said. “We traded bars and stuff with all of us.”
Eminem hasn’t reveal any other acts he was interested in, but most likely, he’s keeping his ear to the streets … or Internet.
Until then, look at for his next album, Recovery, due in stores June 22.