When Black Thought texts you about your freestyle on Funkmaster Flex’s show, you know that it’s all kinds of vicious. What Royce 5’9″ does over the course of 10 minutes is nothing short of savage. Just hit play.
PRhyme is nearing its release on March 16th and the duo of DJ Premier and Royce 5’9″ drop their collaboration “Flirt” with 2 Chainz. Preemo and Royce talked about the song last week with Billboard in an interview.
I have to ask about “Flirt” with 2 Chainz…
DJ Premier: I love that one.
Royce, how much of this interaction with a groupie in your DMs that you talk about in this song is true?
Royce: Everything is true on that song. I speak from my experiences. I don’t pull from a lot of other people’s experiences like I used to. Because I’ve got a lot of my own experiences to pull from, so I just kind of do that.
How did 2 Chainz end up on this song?
DJ Premier: Before we even knew that 2 Chainz was gonna be the choice, Royce had already done the song by himself. When I heard the lyrics I was like, “Damn, that shit is dope.” Even when he did the “Bitch please miss me, I’m paid as hell/ I got the game locked, arcades in jail.” That reminds me of Too Short back in the late ‘80s.
It was almost six months later before I went to Detroit to finish the album. One day we were like, “Who are we gonna get to follow up on your verse that could really nail it?” We started kicking names around. And then Royce’s brother said, “What about 2 Chainz?” I approved immediately, because we knew 2 Chainz would totally know what to do with a song like this. I called him, explained the concept and he’s like “Man, you know that’s up my alley.”
When he sent it back, I was just so open to his verse, because it totally connects with what Royce said. And I thought it was gonna be 16 [bars], he took it past that. I’ve always been a fan of 2 Chainz since Playaz Circle, and I was confident that he was gonna write a dope rhyme. And he did.
March 16th isn’t too far away as Royce 5’9″ and DJ Premier drop off their 2nd video from the PRhyme 2 album for “Rock It.” Nickel and Preemo with a turntable and bars is always going to be entertaining.
Before we receive the second installment of Royce 5’9″ and DJ Premier’s PRhyme, the duo took to Instagram to drop off a track listing of the songs we’re going to hear on March 16th. If you were reserving judgment on the album, one look at this tracklist should make you reconsider as joints featuring Rapsody, 2 Chainz, Big K.R.I.T., Cee Lo Green and more make this worth your time.
After blessing us with “Terminally Ill” the production and emcee tandem of Forever M.C. and It’s Different are back with a new banger that brings DMX together with two Slaughterhouse members on “King Kong.” Turn this up to ignorant volumes as everyone gets busy and Statik Selektah provides the cuts.
We’re full steam ahead with the next installment of PRhyme and Royce 5’9″ & DJ Premier drop off a new joint on our dome pieces with the wicked “Rock It.”
We talk to DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″ about their second project “PRhyme 2,” the evolution in clearing production samples, ghostwriting clients, who would win a Slaughterhouse cypher, and Royce’s working relationship with Eminem.
A day after dropping the first song from PRhyme 2, Royce and Preemo deliver the video for “Era” featuring Dave East.
It’s the return of PRhyme, y’all! After killing the game with their first album, Royce 5’9″ and DJ Premier are back at it with PRhyme 2 dropping on March 16th (pre-order here). For this go around, the duo will sample work from Antman Wonder for the entirety of the album. To start the rumbling, Preemo and Nickel team up with Dave East for “Era.”
Royce, Joyner and Black Thought hop on the remix of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Wrote My Way Out” and enhance it with supreme lyricism.