INTERVIEW : ROYCE 5’9” On His Australian Tour And 'Book of Ryan'
Hailing from Detroit comes Royce Da 5'9" with his latest offering 'Book of Ryan'. A deeper and more personal album and labelled 'his most important to date', Royce dives into more personal content then ever before while still remaining as potent as ever with the punchlines and wordplay. This album is the culmination of an outstanding artist maturing and growing on a personal level and his last decade of incredible commercial growth that gives birth to his magnum opus.
In this interview Mitch talks to Royce about his upcoming Australian tour, the new album, his relationship with long time collaborator DJ Premier as well as his roots on the Detroit Hip Hop scene
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No other rapper from Detroit has been as prolific as Royce when it comes to releasing music. In addition to his solo releases, over the span of his career, Royce has collaborated with long-time friend Eminem as a member of Bad Meets Evil, been a member of the lyrical assassins known as Slaughterhouse and DJ Premier as a member of PRhyme. He was also ranked at an impressive #30 on About.com’s Top 50 MC’s of Our Time.
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It was not at all a shock to see an army of kids hanging out with the gregarious Royce at the Montgomery house. Despite his ‘hood surroundings, the hardcore basketball and boxing fan wasn’t into drinking or drugs nor was he involved in illegal pharmaceutical street activities. While he struggled academically in school, he did find solace in his main obsession: hip-hop. “If it wasn’t for Redman, Ras Kass, Jay-Z, Eminem, Dr. Dre, E-40, Too $hort and guys like that I may not have ever fallen in love with the artform. Thirty years later, I still have that same love for hip-hop I did as a kid writing my first rhyme.”
For ROYCE 5’9”, it’s all about the journey. “I just want the fans to hear my evolution as an artist as well as me as a man and learn from my mistakes,” he says. “I think they got a little bit of that with Layers, (2016 album which came out in Australia via Golden Era, an imprint label run by Australian rappers Hilltop Hood) but Book of Ryan is me letting it all out. We’ve been taught everything but the right way to do shit. I want to be an example to the younger artists and help out anyway I can.”
ROYCE 5’9” is headed to Australia for his first ever headline shows!
ROYCE 5’9” December 2018 Australian Tour Dates:
Friday 14th – Sydney – Manning Bar Saturday 15th – Brisbane – Eatons Hill Sunday 16th – Byron Bay – The Northern Wednesday 19th – Adelaide – HQ Thursday 20th – Melbourne – Stay Gold Friday 21st – Melbourne – Max Watts Saturday 22nd – Perth – Capitol
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