Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Royce Da 5'9 Finally Has a #1 Album
Detroit rapper extraordinaire Royce Da 5'9, after more than a decade as a professional rapper, will finally be able to say he had an album reach the top of the charts, according to reports.
Of course he needed the help of his buddy Eminem to help attract mainstream listeners by teaming up with him to release the Bad Meets Evil EP, a culmination of a rocky relationship that reunites the two rappers 13 years after their work on a song of the same name from The Slim Shady LP.
And, of course, this EP probably wouldn't have come about had Royce also not experienced a significant amount of success as one-fourth of Slaughterhouse, the critically acclaimed so-called supergroup comprised of perennial underground rappers that gained surprising popularity among the mainstream in addition to the targeted underground.
Royce has had his fair share of classic underground records on his own, achieving a cult following as a result of five solo albums filled with streetwise lyrics coupled with witty wordplay set to banging beats courtesy of some of the biggest names in music, including and especially DJ Premier.
It's just too bad it took the co-sign of Eminem (or anyone else) to get Royce what will most likely be his first platinum plaque earned from an album on which he was a primary participant.
But hopefully Royce can ride the momentum of Bad Meets Evil for the release of Success is Certain, his new solo album with a very timely title.
Below is his new song, Second Place, the lead single produced by Premier for the upcoming project that is due to be released late next month.