What’s The Word sat down with legendary emcee, Royce Da 5’ 9” to discuss his recently released 7th studio album Book of Ryan. Royce speaks on how the album is his most complete and introspective work to date, explaining that he feels that the album defines him both as an individual and as an artist. “Us Black people, we have issues....we’re used to sweeping shit under the rug and not really dealing with it.” Royce says, in response to his track entitled “Cocaine” about his father’s addiction. Royce chose to face his issues on this track as well as the entire album, he states that he believes the things that we go through make us who we are as people and artists.
Book of Ryan features various artists such as T-Pain, J. Cole, Marsha Ambrosius and Hip-Hop heavyweights like Jadakiss and Fabolous, just to name a few. There is also production from Boy Wonder and Key Wayne along with a host of others. Royce also teams up with his long time friend Eminem on this project, for the track “Caterpillar.”
Royce talks on consistency being a key to longevity, he says that making good albums is specifically a key for artists to have longevity, opposed to being focused on singles. When asked about artists today glorifying drug usage in their songs today, compared to lyrics that spoke more about drug dealing in the 80s and 90s, Royce stated, “I don’t think the youth are using drugs more than they did [back in the day]....it’s just a new wave. I think balance is important in content. OG’s need to teach the youth the importance of having a platform and put that out there.
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