5 Rappers Who Got Sober
Gucci Mane's gentle post-prison demeanor took many by surprise and even fueled a conspiracy theory that a Gucci clone had been released and the real Guwop was still in prison.
iLoveMakonnen Responds To Haters Mocking His Westwood Freestyle, Admits It Was "Trash"
When traveling through London, it's a rite of passage to stop by the studio of Tim Westwood, and if given the chance, kick a freestyle over live-spun beats. Stylistically, the forms that these freestyles take are all over the map, especially over the past year or so, with acts like Migos and Rae Sremmurd moving the art form forward to represent the diversity of the genre today. In some ways, though, those guys also brought the concept back to its true definition, as the spontaneous component of freestyling was often ignored in the years prior.
Royce Da 5'9" Announces North American Tour Dates
Royce Da 5'9" is getting ready to take his new album, Layers, on the road. The tour actually kicks off tomorrow in Vancouver, BC, so we're getting up these dates just in time. Royce isn't leaving any cities behind, both in Canada and the U.S., he's got the fans covered. The first leg of the tour is dedicated to Canadian cities, following which, around June, Royce will make his way to the States. Take a look at the complete list of tour dates below.
Review: Royce Da 5'9"s "Layers"
For someone who's been in the game since 1999, Royce Da 5'9" has had a hard time getting his full life story down on wax. His first five albums were more than enough to show his considerable rapping abilities, but were recorded when he was still a precariously functioning alcoholic, known to down a liter and a half of Patron per day.
Stream Royce Da 5'9"'s Album "Layers"
Royce Da 5'9" is treating fans to an early stream of his new album, Layers, which doesn't actually hit digital retailers until Arpil 15th. This should help with the Monday blues.
Staff Picks Playlist (April 8)
Friday, need I say more? It's been a pretty tame Friday new-music-wise, but our homie Tory Lanez shook things up with the premiere of his A$AP Ferg collaboration "Line Up The Flex." While some focus on a potential diss to Drake, we're focusing on just how great this record will be for the Friday turn-up. Do yourself a favor and add it to your playlist, or, you can totally use our playlist and just call it your own.
Royce Da 5'9" Reveals His Next Album "Book Of Ryan" Is Basically Done
We recently sat down with Royce Da 5’9” for an illuminating interview (seriously, go check it out), and among all the wisdom that Nickel Nine distributed he acknowledged that this next album is nearly finished, despite not even having dropped Layers yet. It will be called Book of Ryan.
Who Had The Better Verse: Eminem Vs. Royce Da 5'9"
Not a lot of rappers can hold a candle next to Eminem. For nearly 20 years, he built himself a reputation for being a diabolical lyricist. Only a few have been able to square up to Marshall toe-to-toe without crashing and burning. Of those few, one hails from Em's own hometown: Royce Da 5'9".
Royce Da 5'9" Once Turned Down A $250,000 Deal With Dr. Dre
Royce Da 5’9” is gearing up to release Layers in April, and sat down for a quick interview with Complex to discuss his past and where’s at in his career. The Detroit rappers speaks on his sobriety, his friendship with Eminem, and more. We’ve broken down the highlights for y’all below.
Royce Da 5'9" To Troy Ave: "You Owe Capital STEEZ's Family An Apology"
The hip hop community is still debating whether or not Troy Ave took it too far by dissing the late Capital STEEZ on his diss record against Joey Bada$$. While Joey hasn’t responded on record, a few people in the hip hop community have taken the time to speak out against the line in a more serious manner. Royce Da 5’9” did just that at Complex today.
Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9" Announces New Solo Album "Layers"
Good news for Slaughterhouse fans, although maybe not exactly the news we’ve been hoping for. Slaughterhouse leader Royce Da 5’9” has announced his sixth solo studio album Layers. It will be released on April 15th of this year under Bad Half Entertainment.
De La Soul, Pro Era & More To Perform At J Dilla Weekend 2016
New Era and Ma Dukes (J Dilla’s mom) have unveiled the full lineup for the upcoming J Dilla Weekend 2016, honoring the late beatmaker and emcee. This is the second J Dilla weekend, after the event in 2015 was deemed a “resounding success” by the organizers. The event will take place in Miami, Florida, at a to be determined venue.
Royce Da 5'9" Hints At "PRhyme 2," Requests Features From Kendrick Lamar & Eminem
Royce Da 5'9" has decided to conceptualize another new project with DJ Premier on Twitter today. He started out by launching the hashtag, "#PRhymeTWO," before hitting Premier with some motivation, writing "I need to let these ideas out my brain bruh." From there, he called out to Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and The Game, looking for potential collaborators -- "real lyricists" who are "ready to spar".
Slaughterhouse Announces East Coast Tour
With Slaughterhouse' Glasshouse finished up and presumably coming soon, the gang decided it was time to announce a new tour, kicking off in New York City on September 21.
Royce Da 5'9" Says Joe Budden Disses Him & Eminem On A New Track
Joe Budden is currently gearing up to release his album All Love Lost on September 25th, and shortly after that, his group Slaughterhouse will release their just-completed album (although a release date hasn't yet been announced). Here's something that may throw a wrench in the plans, though: according to fellow Slaughterhouse member Royce Da 5'9", Budden's album includes a track on which he disses Royce and their Shady Records b
Classic Rotation: Eminem's "Slim Shady LP"
"In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD. When Jimmy played [Eminem’s demo], I said, 'Find him. Now.'” -Dr. Dre
DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Announce "PRhyme: The Tour" Tour Dates [Update: Your Old Droog & Boldy James Added]
DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9"'s joint endeavor, PRhyme, hit shelves today, and is receiving no lack of positive feedback. If you enjoyed what you heard on the LP, you'll be able to see them perform tracks live as part of their "PRhyme" tour.
MF Doom To Be Featured On Deluxe Version Of "PRhyme"
During an interview with the New York Observer about the closing of the legendary D & D Studios, DJ Premier announced that MF Doom is set to be featured on a deluxe edition of PRhyme.
Royce Da 5'9" Doesn't Think J. Cole's "Fire Squad" Was An Eminem Diss
It's a combination of rap fans' thirst for beef and media's thirst for clicks that often turns ordinary statements into "shade". In the case of J. Cole's "Fire Squad", the speculation around a line made the rounds before many even heard the song themselves.