Two Slaughterhouse MCs reunited on a joint EP “HARD” bringing their best qualities to the collaboration that is going to be memorable.

The new record will be released on May 29, but Ortiz and Crook already dropped the lead single this Friday. Shady Records website offers an explanation of what H.A.R.D. stands for: Housing Authority Rap District.

Introducing their new track Joell Ortiz told to Complex:

It felt great to catch up with my bro and chop it up! We’re like long lost cousins. Crook and I grew up 2,800 miles apart under the same conditions. Poverty, struggle, injustice, etc. Whenever we get together we have rap discussions and world talks that almost always turn into legendary childhood stories. This time was no different, except, this time we ended up in the vocal booth.

Crook added his perspective paying respect to Fred the Godson who passed away in April with COVID-19:

All of this shit was meant to happen. 2020 has been rough for a lot of people so I’m glad we can bless the culture with high art. One of my favorite things about this EP is the fact that I got to hang out with Fred the Godson during the creative process. I don’t think Joell would mind me speaking for him when I say this EP is dedicated to the loving memory of Fred. Hope y’all fuck with it.

Listen to Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked new single produced by The Heatmakerz: