2009–2010: Debut Album
Their self-titled debut album was released on August 11, 2009 on E1 Music. The album was reportedly recorded over a six-day period in early June. The album features production from Focus, The Alchemist, DJ Khalil, StreetRunner and Mr. Porter of D12. On June 18, 2009, the first street single off the album was released via Joe Budden's Twitter account. The track was "Woodstock (Hood Hop)" and features M.O.P. on the hook. The first official single from the album was "The One". A second video for the song Microphone has also been released in late 2009. A video directed by Rik Cordero.
Their debut album sold 18,000 copies in its first week (Only 20,000 copies were shipped to stores). As of September 5, 2009 the album has sold 31,000 copies.
The group initially planned for their second album to release in 2010, tentatively named by Crooked I as No Muzzle. In late 2009, however, Royce da 5'9" confirmed talks between the group and Shady Records, stating that he felt their second album should be released on a major label.
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