Weeks after filming ‘8 Mile’ Strike (aka Lykety Split) was sentenced 11 months in Michigan prisons for attempted murder. Strike is now home and is dropping his debut ‘Free World’. Guests on the LP include Eminem, Method Man, Royce Da 5’9″, Mountain Climbaz, and others.
Detroit native and once Eminem’s hype man, Royce Da 5’9 is dropping his next LP titled M.I.C. in conjunction with Sure Shot Recordings. The new album will feature Royce rhyming over beats from rising-producer Nottz, who has worked with Ghostface, G-Unit and Lloyd Banks; and also production from Reef. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.
Detroit’s #1, DJ Butter & Royce Da 5’9 (D-Elite) teams up for the release of the exclusive mix-cd, “Defending The Crown” (Volume:1). The joint features Royce’s crew, D-Elite members, Cutty Mack, Tre Little, Billy Nix, June to list. Other rappers included are, Mozzarati Vick & Tu-One (Slickonez), 2 Pac, Kid Vicious (Royce’s Younger Brother).
Be on the lookout for Royce Da 5’9 second LP. “Death Iz Certain” (Make It Count Records) Dropping Feb 2004.
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The real history on the beef between Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″. Straight from the mouth of Royce himself. Check out his version of the story in this exclusive story from HipHopDX. Royce explained, “This whole beef started when I gave Eminem a freestyle for the ‘Anger Management’ Mixtape. At the beginning of my rhyme I said ‘Fu** Anger Management, I need to hire somebody to manage my anger.’ For some strange reason, Eminem and D-12 took that as a diss. Why? Why would I diss Eminem the illest lyricist on the fu**ing planet? I heard that Em was upset, so I started putting in phone calls too his camp too set the record straight and too let them know I would never do something like that. Paul (Em’s manager) told me that ‘Em is not talking to you period.’ Its crazy how we are supposed to be cool, but they accuse me of something and do not even attempt to get to the bottom of it. But I turned my back on him right?” The full story at hiphopdx.com has since been removed.
Royce Da 5’9″ dubbed D-12 the worst rap group out right now… and the pal (?) of Eminem, who collaborated on ‘Rock City’, is now under the gun in the new D12 diss track. Em doesn’t show up on the cut. Royce did tell AllHipHop.com recently, “We parted ways. It happens. That’s my dog. I love him to death.”
AllHipHop.com chatted with Royce Da 5’9 and asked the rapper if there be any future ‘Bad Meets Evil’ projects with the two. “Nah. I don’t think so,” he said. “I think Em’s perspective on the whole thing is like he’s not in it for the money anymore. He’s really fed up. He just wants to look out for his daughter. He’s doing him, and I’m doing me. We parted ways. It happens. That’s my dog. I love him to death. But no, I’m not up under him no more.”
Kelley L. Carter of the Detroit Free Press spoke with Royce Da 5’9″ about the bootleggers forced him to delay and record replacement songs off his ‘Rock City’ album debut release. Royce said, “I don’t sweat the whole bootlegger situation. I feel like it could be worse. At least people want the album. I don’t get mad at the shady people. All of this stuff goes along with the territory. I’m just happy for the praise that I get. I’m just continuing to do the music.”
Sixshot.com spoke with Royce Da 5’9” about how many people refer to him as Eminem’s sidekick. The rapper had mixed feelings about the label saying, “On one hand, it’s cool, ’cause I’m down with Slim and everything, we’re cool and we do tough records together. On the other hand, it feels like sh*t ’cause sooner or later an artist comes to the point where he likes to be taken seriously as an only person, as himself. You wanna be defined by yourself, your music and everything, not by collabos together with someone else.”
Dustin J. Seibert of The Detroit News reviewed native Detroiter Royce Da 5’9″ debut album ‘Rock City’ giving it a 3 star (good) review. Seibert said, “Fans may be disappointed not to hear Eminem on more of the album’s cuts, but it is definitely time for Royce to come out and carry his own weight, which he does.”