Royce Da 5′ 9″ Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

blame it on JES7 June 15, 2011

Similar to their Sean Price piece, Complex joins Nickel Nine to breakdown his most essential gems. If you’re not fond of the individual clicks you have to go through to read each article, head over to Oh Word and install their A Life Less Complex bookmarklet which simplifies everything into one concise page.

Royce Da 5’9” is living proof that sometimes, there are second acts in life. After a promising start in the late ‘90s where he was heralded as the next big thing coming out of Detroit, Royce’s career took a wrong turn. Through most of the aughts—as his buddy Eminem shot to super stardom—Nickel Nine flirted with obscurity, alcohol abuse, and complete self-destruction.

Yet here is he today in a better position then ever before. His group Slaughterhouse is signed to Shady. Although their album is awhile away, he just dropped Hell: The Sequel alongside his partner-in-rhyme Eminem this week. And in many ways (and he’s the first to admit this) he’s a better rapper than he was before. What happened to Royce Da 5’9”? To find out, we got on the horn with Royce to ask about why he loves rapping about his dick, how he didn’t like Joe Budden initially, and whether or not that was a real bazooka he threatened Benzino with…

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