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Royce Da 5’9” Interview

Royce Da 5’9” Interview

Though music-lovers nationwide are currently holding their breath in anticipation of a certain 8 Mile native’s long-awaited Relapse, Em certainly isn’t the only rapper looking to put Motown back on the hip-hop map in 2009—one Detroit icon with equally big plans for the year is veteran emcee Royce Da 5’9”, who’s preparing to take his career to new heights with the spring release of Street Hop, his first studio album since ‘05’s Independent’s Day.

Though we’ve only had the opportunity to hear one cut off the forthcoming LP, DJ Premier-produced lead single “Shake This,” that record’s already built plenty of buzz in and out of the Booth with its involving lyrics and old-school sound.  In addition to his impending solo project, Royce has been making waves with his work as one-fourth of recently-formed supergroup Slaughterhouse.

In an exclusive interview with our own “DJ” Z, Royce Da 5’9” steps into the Booth to discuss how he thinks hip-hop’s gone astray in recent years, which Slaugh