Exclusive Interview with Royce Da 5’9!

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Ryan Daniel Montgomery aka Royce da 5’9, is an American rapper from Detroit,Michigan. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his solo career, and also for ghostwriting for the likes of Diddy and Dr. Dre. Royce is one half of the rap duo Bad Meets Evil with Eminem, 1/4 of the hip hop group Slaughterhouse with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, and 1/2 of the hip hop group PRhyme with DJ Premier. The editors of About.com ranked him No. 30 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time. Beat-Town had the chance to chat with him in an exclusive interview that you can read in its original version below:

BT: Happy New Year Royce. It’s a great honor for us to have you here. Are you satisfied with your work last season and 2015 in general as a year?

R: I’m really excited about my 2015 year and looking forward to seeing the fruits of my labor in 2016

BT: In the last years you were pretty busy with great releases like Prhyme, “Shady XV” and the mixtape with the whole Slaughterhouse-team. Can you reveal something about your next plans? A new Slaughterhouse or Bad Meets Evil album? Or maybe an interesting solo project?

R: Yes in 2016 I plan on releasing more music than I ever have in the past. You will see a solo album and a new PRhyme album but I also have a few surprises that should get people talking.

BT: What else should we expect from you in 2016? Maybe heavy touring?
R: I’m starting to look at a few touring options. I haven’t toured a lot in the past but this year I definitely plan on touring more than I have in the last few years. I’ve toured a lot with my Slaughterhouse brothers and Preemo but I also want to get some solo dates in.

BT:  You are working together with Eminem for – almost – 2 decades. How could you describe your relationship with this legendary artist?
R: Marshall is more than just an artist I work with I can truly call and consider him a friend. Working with him is a very familiar and comfortable place for me as an artist.

BT: You have collaborated probably with every Hip-Hop and R&B artist that’s currently available out there, so I am wondering which one would you say was the most important collaborations when you look back at your career? You can name of course more than one.
R: I could never say one was more important than any other they have all been blessing to work with lol

BT: With the Grammy’s ceremony being on the way, after all these years and all those great releases, would you say that the love of music fans and the praise you get from journalists and music experts are the ultimate reward for an artist? Are those aspects overshadowing important awards like the Grammy?
R: Every artist wants to be appreciated for his or her talents rather it be from fans, experts, journalist or the Grammy’s. I appreciate being respected for all these years

BT: If you had to decide about the next Grammy, which rapper and which album would you choose and why?
R: I would say me, and it would be for one of my albums lol

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BT: How do you feel about the Hip-Hop game nowadays? Both mainstream & underground.
R: I love the game right now. It continues to grow and speak for the youth. What would we do without it?

BT: You wrote many tracks for artists like Diddy, Dr. Dre etc. What are the differences between writing songs for an artist like Dre and writing tracks for yourself?
R: The biggest different is I’m from someone else perspective not my own

BT: We really want to thank you for doing this featured with us and we hope we will see you someday in Greece for a live event. Any final words for your Greek audience?
R: Thanks for all the love and support and I hope to see you guys sooner than later.

To stay in touch with Royce Da 5’9:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/royceda59official/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/royceda59
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/royceda59/
MySpace: https://myspace.com/roycefivenine
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/6DVipHzYsPlIoA0DW8Gmns
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/royceda59

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