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For more than 20 years, Royce 5’9″ consistently has been one of the most skilled wordsmiths in Hip-Hop. Coming of age with Eminem as part of Bad Meets Evil in the late 90s, Royce always surrounded himself with the best of the best, and thrived.
After his 2000 single “Boom,” produced by DJ Premier, established him as a solo artist, Nickle’s next major leap came when he, Joell Ortiz, Kxng Crooked (pka Crooked I) and Joe Budden came together to form the lyrical super group, Slaughterhouse. The fearsome foursome, signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, stood as arguably the most skilled unit of MCs since Wu-Tang Clan
Now, Royce returns with another a capella freestyle which makes it crystal clear his time is now. In “Shine,” the Detroit MC says “the fabric I’m cut from’s the most genuine article mankind offers. I’m like an underground landmine talking.” Rather than chase mainstream success, he wears his authenticity like a badge of honor. “Highly exalted. Call me commercial, I’m highly insulted,” he growls. Shot in stylish black and white, the visuals support who Royce 5’9″ is today: stylish, substantive, and standing alone to claim his glory.
Royce 5’9″‘s album Layers will be available on April 15 and can be pre-ordered right now on iTunes. Also, tickets are currently on sale for Royce’s release party which will be held at New York’s S.O.B.’s club. Read more.