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Success Is Certain for Royce Da 5’9″

BY Scott A. Marlowe

ON August 19, 2011

Royce Da 5’9″ stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss his new album, Success Is Certain. He talks about releasing the album right after the Bad Meets Evil project. “It was my last obligation contractually as an independent solo artist,” he says. “So I didn’t want to go into next year owing somebody that album. I just felt like it needed to be out now.” He said he would prefer not to release another album independently, and discusses lyricists not making as much money off independent albums.

Angela Yee asked him about Death Is Certain being a dark album. “It was a dark period in my life,” Royce said. “I had a lot of beef. Things wasn’t going to good as far as my career. I was angry, I just wanted to kill everybody.” Nowadays, he’s more optimistic: “I don’t have nothing against anybody, I don’t hate anybody, [I don’t have] problems with anybody. Everything is going good.”

He discusses his rekindled friendship with Eminem saying it’s stronger now because their smarter and more mature. “Theres not a lot people around on the outside that can stir up things between us,” he says. DJ Envy told him about Big Sean wanting to record with Eminem. “We talk about him a lot,” Royce said. “Em is very aware of Big Sean. It’s definitely not out of the question that they will work together at some point.”

Royce says the Slaughterhouse album is “about 70%” completed. “We a lot closer to being done than people think,” he says. “We’ve been working, we just haven’t been real vocal about it.” He names the producers they’ve worked with and said they’ll definitely be a single out by the end of the year.

Charlamagne Tha God asked him if his financial situation has changed recently. “Yeah, its changed,” Royce says. “It’s changed because of the whole turn of events. Everything is real overwhelming, so I’m just really learning how to re-adapt to being in that tax bracket.” He said he hasn’t purchased anything big. “You got to remember, I got Em in my ear everyday like, “don’t buy anything, save your money. Just look at it.”” He said he wants to retire his father, but doesn’t want to do it prematurely.

Related: Slaughterhouse on The Breakfast Club