Royce Da 5’9″ is on fire. As one half of Bad Meets Evil, Nickel Nine’s collaborative EP Hell: The Sequel with Eminem has become certified gold, while “Lighters” continues to burn up the charts. Now that he has fulfilled all contractual obligations to his former independent label with his new album Success Is Certain, the Detroit rapper is a solo artist on the prowl. But he remains a member of the rap supergroup Slaughterhouse—also consisting of lyricists Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I—that is readying its Shady Records debut. I recently conducted a brief interview with Royce via email, which can be read below…
Muzik’s My Life: You pride yourself on your lyrical capabilities, and rightfully so. But there are a lot of people who specifically listen to music for its sound, melody, beat, etc. rather than actually paying attention to the lyrics. In these circumstances, who do you feel is cheated: the listener, the artist, both, or neither…and why?
Royce Da 5’9″: Music is about what you like. If you’re listening, buying and enjoying something you like then how can anyone lose?
Eminem has been exercising a new flow that the two of you call flipping. Em and yourself flip back and forth quite often on Hell: The Sequel, in which case it’s been dubbed dazzling by Paul Rosenberg. Can you elaborate on this style of rapping, and what lead to it being utilized by you both?
It’s hard to explain it’s just something we started to do one day in the studio.
Aside from promoting your solo album Success Is Certain and the Bad Meets Evil EP, your current focus is the much-anticipated Slaughterhouse album. Apart from Yelawolf’s upcoming debut, this is also the main focus at Shady Records. That being said, what have been the latest developments in the recording process for this Slaughterhouse album?
The SH album we are about 70% – 75% done and the fans will probably hear a new single this year.
At this point in your career, do you consider music your life?
Absolutely. This is how I plan to make sure my children go to a great college.
Thanks for your time, Royce. Congratulations on all of your well-deserved success, and best wishes with everything coming your way. Is there anything else you’d like to add for my readers?
Thank you for all the years of support and look out for anything related to Shady Records!