Royce Da 5’9″ checked in with The Breakfast Club to discuss his now-infamous “Hi Rihanna” line during the Shady cypher at the BET Hip Hop Awards. “I just wanted to say hi,” Royce says referring to Rihanna. He clarifies the rumors that he’s allegedly smashing Rihanna by saying, “Absolutely did not happen. I have all the respect in the world for Rihanna. I just wanted to get her attention a little bit.” He said, “I think the reason why the whole “Hi Rihanna” thing is so popular is because of how many people like her.”
Royce said they didn’t rehearse the cyphers together. “We like the element of surprise,” he said. “I didn’t know what anybody was going to say. I was actually worried that we might use the same name or something like that. Because when your rhyming for pop culture, you throw popular names around.”
He discusses his rapping style saying, “I pride myself on finding a balance in my style. Sometimes I go complex. Sometimes I might make it a little simple and go, “hi Rihanna.’ It’s just about having that balance.” They talk about the difference between rappers and mc’s.
He said the Slaughterhouse album is about 75% done and the first single should be out by the end of the year. Charlamagne Tha God asked if there were going to be any features on the album. “Thats a good question,” Royce said. “Since theres 4 of us, theres a lot of people we respect and admire. I personally would like to work with any of the monsters.. Jay-Z, [Lil] Wayne. Even the new school dudes, J. Cole, Big Krit, Kendrick Lamar.”
Angela Yee asked how people are treating him in Detroit. “Pretty good, surprisingly,” Royce says. “Detroit is not the type of city that embraces, its a very competitive market. I came out very brash, cocky, calling my self the king of detroit which I should’t have did. I don’t think people should deem themselves as anything. I’m not the king of anything, I just want to rap. And thats my mind frame now at 34. But at 20, you get a million dollar deal, your album doesn’t come out. Then you get another million dollar deal, it does something to you mentally. A lot of things have happened to me to humble me. They embrace me now because of the humbleness.”
Previously: Royce Da 5’9″ on The Breakfast Club