"I want to punch these bloggers in the face, man. I wanna beat they ass." Royce Da 5' 9" is lounging backstage at the Highline Ballroom, venting about the manner in which hip-hop's online gatekeepers have reacted to the news that Slaughterhouse—the subterranean all-star team of rappers Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I, and himself—have finally signed to Eminem's Shady Records. Royce sounds irked, and as preparations for the evening's celebratory show continue to take form around him, he explains: "A lot of the bloggers that really supported us when we were super-underground, now that we signed to Shady, it's like they super-turned on us. They say we've gotten too big for them to even respect us any more." He pauses, then reiterates. "Like I said, I'll punch one of them in they face." He makes it sound like a... More >>>