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Interview:
Royce da 5'9" in better place with new solo album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Detroit rapper Royce da 5’9” has already had a good year — first with his all-star group Slaughterhouse signed to Eminem’s Shady Records label, then with his chart-topping “Hell: The Sequel” project with Eminem as Bad Meets Evil.



But that doesn’t make his fifth solo album, “Success is Certain” — which came out earlier this month — any less special.



“I had an album called ‘Death is Certain’ back in the day (2004),” Royce (ne Ryan Montgomery), 34, explains. “It was a real dark period in my life. There was a lot going on, a lot of beefs, a lot of hatred going on. So that was a real dark, emo album, speaking about losing and making a lot of mistakes and (stuff) like that.



“With this album I feel like the exact opposite. It has some darkness but it’s just brighter content, speaking about overcoming adversity jumping over hurdles. It’s an emo album, too, but speaking about success rather than (death).”



“Success is Certain” — which debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 chart — includes guest appearances by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Slaughterhouse mate Joe Budden, Kid Vishis and others, while Eminem raps on the track “Writer’s Block” and co-produced another song, “Legendary.”



Royce is also finishing up a new Slaughterhouse album, though no release date or title have yet been revealed.



Royce da 5’9”, Slaughterhouse and DJ Premier perform Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.



Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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