Royce 5’9 returns to Day 1 Radio just days before his new album “The Allegory” is set to drop on February 21st. In this wide-ranging talk, Royce opens up about how this album stands out from his previous efforts and how stepping up as a producer impacted the sound and process. He also talks about some of the intentions behind his lyrics on the album and how he feels about the current state of rap coming out of his hometown, Detroit.
2:00 – “Book Of Ryan is your diary…The Allegory is your manifesto.”: Branden opens with a statement about Royce’s upcoming album, and Royce agrees. He gets into why every artist should have at least one personal album. He reveals that the album was not planned, but a product of being in the studio all the time. He says that this is the first project “happened to him.”
8:50 – Producing and learning: Royce stepped more into the producer role for The Allegory and gets into how learning on the fly impacted his writing. He also breaks down the difference between being technical and masterful. He’s open to producing for other artists, but doubts that he has beats just laying around for other rappers and would rather produce in the studio with them.
12:30 – Surprise!: Royce says that his producer friends like DJ Premier and Mr. Porter weren’t surprised that he was making beats, but were shocked at how fast he progressed. Another surprise is that there are two songs he recorded with Dilla floating around.
14:30 – “Upside Down”: Royce breaks down the intricate lyrics on “Upside Down” featuring Benny the Butcher. Do yourself a favor and listen to the song to get what he’s talking about. He also talks about how he toes the line of being confident and humble.
26:00 – Surviving the game: Royce speaks about how he has continued to improve as an MC after decades in the game. He credits some of it to knowledge of self, things he’s learned in therapy and some of it to him not getting fulfillment in riding waves.
29:45 – Detroit Rap: Royce thinks rap in Detroit is currently in a “great place.” He knows that his generation (Eminem, Slum Village, Trick Trick, D12) made it possible for rappers like Danny Brown, Tee Grizzly and others to succeed. He does hope that they all continue to co-exist and not allow people to separate and label their diversity in a negative way.
39:44 – Touring: Royce says he wants to tour for The Allegory, especially since he did not get to tour for The Book of Ryan and the last Pryhme album.
44:15 – Boxing: Royce is a boxing enthusiast and he and Branden go back and forth about Fury vs. Wilder 2 and if we will ever see a Joshua vs. Wilder fight.
47:45: – Hip Hop Trivia: Does Royce know his Hip-Hop history? Listen and find out.
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