Royce 5’9″ Talks Grammy Nomination, Therapy & More To Apple Music

Written by on January 13, 2021

Apple Music launched the interview collection The Message, which “goals to additional the dialogue concerning the unrest and inequalities in the US and overseas by way of intimate conversations with among the most distinguished voices in Black music in the present day.”

Hosted by Ebro Darden, Royce 5’9″ (nearly) sat down with him to talk his 63rd Grammy nomination, Lil Wayne, a Nas traditional, and extra.

“It feels cool. I’m not going to lie, man,” Nickel mentioned about his Finest Rap Album nod. “I’m just a little bit embarrassed as a result of I’m a kind of guys who was like, ‘F**okay the Grammys.’ And I’m completely like, ‘I’m f**king with the Grammys this yr.’” 

Nonetheless, his tone modifications when Wayne is introduced up. “Money Cash, they signed their deal in 1997. So from then to now, they’ve walked billions of {dollars} into the Common constructing. You may’t inform me that you just really feel like Common has been defending Lil Wayne,” Royce expounds. “Lil Wayne, I heard come out of his mouth in an interview that racism doesn’t exist. Being well-known early for a Black individual is crippling. My brother, you’re going to jail for the second time. The primary time you went to jail, you went for a gun that wasn’t even on you. That’s racism Lil Wayne.” 

He additionally praises Nas’ “I Gave You Energy,” from his 1996 album It Was Written. “It made me need to write tales. Up till I heard that story, I by no means even thought concerning the risk or the concept of writing a narrative. I used to be like, ‘Wow. You may simply create a narrative in your thoughts and simply rap it,’” he mentioned.

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