Royce 5’9″ talks producing for Eminem, Grammy nod, Lil Wayne’s legacy & more

On 9th day of HotNewHipHop Presents: 12 Days Of Christmas, Royce Da 5’9″ talks on his discography, producing for Eminem, learning production from Dr Premier and Denaun Porter, his first Grammy nomination, Lil Wayne’s legacy and much more.

Interviewer: I am loving your production. I remember you showcased a few beats on your Instagram hinting at a little bit of a Bad Meets Evil vibe, I was pretty into that.

Royce 5’9″ : I sent Marshall some stuff here. I always send him stuff. I mean, so my first placement I got was on his album. So that was a dope accomplishment. And I love when I can send him something and he gets excited, man, it makes me excited. It makes me want to work. Sometimes I need that, you know?

Interviewer: Oh, definitely. And it showcases some versatility too. Like the sounds that you were kind of working with on Music To Be Murdered By were pretty different than the ones on Allegory. So it showed that you’re able to adapt to other artists. I mean, obviously, you’re familiar with working with Eminem but did it open a new dynamic? Was it new territory?

Royce 5’9″ : So it is always a new dynamic, because you never know what he is gonna be on. It all depends on what headspace he is in, you know? You can do so many things and like, whatever he chooses to do, he is going to be great at it. He is going to strive to put his best foot forward. The competition level of just what you have to put into it in order to be able to coexist from a competitive perspective is distressing. I mean, that is pretty much what my experience is like whenever I am working with him. I am a new producer, so having to– producing his first single is stressful, because, like, it is on the same album as a Dr. Dre beat.

So it is just a level of stress that is fun. And I am up for that challenge. But it is definitely on a different mind frame. And then like, with those beasts that I gave him for that album, that was my first time working with somebody where when I come around, I have to find out where I fit, and occupy that space, and not go past that. You know? Because that’s his ship. I am just here to help. So I am just here to do my part. Actually, I did not even get summoned here to help. I am just here as a friend. And I am playing him stuff, and he is liking it. So like, now I got to just adapt to that.

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