Royce Da 5'9 Recalls His Dark Period & Skepticism About Joining Slaughterhouse

Nickel Nine explains that his personal problems led him to want to "kill everybody."

With Bad Meets Evil’s debut EP Hell: The Sequel hitting stores today, Royce Da 5’9 is reflecting on a darker period in his life. Nickel Nine recently broke down his 25 most essential songs for Complex.com, revealing that his struggles with alcoholism led to depression and anger, all channeled into his rhymes. 

“All I rapped about was beef, having problems, losing, failure…I couldn’t snap out of it. If you were to ask me to make a club record at that moment, I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” he said. “That’s just not the zone that I was in. I wasn’t ‘hanging out.’ I just wanted to kill everybody. I was fighting all the time, getting drunk all the time, it was bad. I’m happy to say that I’ve turned that around. My life is the absolute opposite now.”

He recalls getting arrested for a DUI, which came during a point near rock bottom. “I was [in an] abusive period. I pulverized bottles, I was abusive towards that. I was abusive towards my girl—not physically, but mentally and verbally. Abusive to my enemies and they were abusive back,” he continued. “I might’ve drank so much just to keep my mind off of what was going on and to let my inhibitions go. If I’m drunk and see somebody, I’ma just shoot them. That’s how I felt. It was a terrible way for me to be living my life but it was just...what it was. I felt that it was all brought on by music because I didn’t’ have these problems before I was in the music industry.” 

The Detroit, Michigan rapper also spoke on being skeptical of joining Slaughterhouse at first, given his dicey relationship with Joe Budden. “[At the time] there was something in the air, where [me and Joe Budden] were taking shots at each other. So it was kind of like a point where we came to like, ‘Okay, either we’re going to beef or we’re going to get together so we can do something,” he said. 

Jumpoff Joey reached out to Royce to put in some work, which he was weary about. “I was like, ‘Man, I just don’t like the nigga.’ [My manager] Kino talked me into it, saying it would be good for the Internet and about putting Crooked, Joell, and Nino Blessed on there. I was like, ‘Okay, if he’s gonna put them on there then fuck it, I’m going to do it.’”

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35 Comments

  • 4real

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  • anom

    this is why royce is realer than other rappers, he didn't let his ego get the best of him and the slaughterhouse phenomenon came to be

  • jae

    im glad royce got everything together an is making good music with slaughterhouse an eminem

  • war22

    when u get to a level like those 4...its a matter of who's style of rapping u like better

  • Anonymous

    royce or joell ortiz best in SH!!! SH needa a banks collab

  • Angel Xavier De Peña

    Joe Budden is the greatest rapper of all time. Anyone who disagrees gets no pussy.

    • Angel Xavier De Peña Loves Joe Buddens Man Cake

      Anonymous is Angel Xavier De Peña....i know cuz of the wording and the ......"only listen to garbage rap where pussy niggas only talk about killing people and shit". constant over usage by this faggot...hes a straight up pussy

    • Ryan MacQueston

      AoTP corny? Okay friend, listen to the Torture Papers, that's fucking boom bap. A classic album on a level none of your favorite rappers have made in 10 years... BECAUSE ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE RAPPERS FELL THE FUCK OFF

    • Ryan MacQueston

      Celph's garbage? You're a fucking idiot

    • Anonymous

      Celph Titled is garbage just like the rest of AoTP. You niggas are faggots and only listen to garbage rap where pussy niggas only talk about killing people and shit. #CORNY

    • Ryan MacQueston

      search Celph Titled & fuck yourself

    • Anonymous

      get buddens nuts outta ya mouth while u type.. budden is average at best

    • dmize-one

      smh.. buddens is a pussy thats why his fans get plenty of it.. #fullofthemselves

  • Anonymous

    damn why didnt Nino join em? woulda been sick.

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  • Oscar Madison

    It's LAUGHTERHOUSE, otherwise you're correct. Four cornballs and a white sponsor, woo!

    • Mark Cuban

      Why do you keep posting the same shit faggot? Please go listen to Drake or Wayne you little bitch

  • Anonymous

    Not skeptical enough-- Slaughtehouse sucks. Four fucking losers going nowhere until Royce but his tongue in Em's ass and Em said aaaahhhhh because he had guilt over Proof (RIP). ALL Slaughterhouse fans are white nerds.

  • Anonymous

    royce is about to blow up i could see him putting out a gold solo record in the near future and i think he is the best in the group also i dont think any of the other rappers from slaugterhose could have hung with em on the new ep like royce did he really held his own

    • Angel Xavier De Peña loves Buddens Dingleberrys

      Budden is decent...U are the only one who knows hiphop who gives that title to him...Budden this Budden that ..fucks wrong wit you chump? u wanna fuck'em or what? look at ur faggy ass in ur pictures..punk ass motherfucka...ill bet my familys life if Budden said you can live with him and hop on tracks , but youd have to bend over n get in the ass, and then suck ur shit off his dick u damn sure would...

    • Angel Xavier De Peña

      Joe Budden >>> Eminem & the other 3 quarters of SH

    • nickel

      you to above me clearly havent listened to budden.. pump it up? you serious? fuck man go listen to "move on" by slaughterhouse you'll get your response.. go bump mood muzik 3-4 and tell me budden aint fucking sick

    • Ddot

      I agree with that P...I definitely think Royce & Crooked are the strongest in that group...Ortiz is decent...but I always thought Budden was corny as hell...I was amazed that some dope muthafuckas like them would fuck wit a lame ass rapper like Budden...Pump it Up?! GTFOH.

    • P

      I like all of em besides joe buddens everybody else str8 joe budden garbage and he swear he the shit. Crooked I A Beast Alone Between royce and Crooked I I cant really choose between the two they should of did a album together

  • Kendall Walters

    Slaughter house would be better without joey i think.. ive never been a big fan of him.

    • Angel Xavier De Peña

      You've obviously never listened to Joe Budden's solo work. He is the BEST rapper doing it, PERIOD.

    • Cmon Son

      @Daniel...i mean how you gonna talk on the history of slaughterhouse and say you had no idea who ortiz and crooked were? truthfully i was introduced to royce first and then the rest of em...im not the biggest joey fan either, but i realize that all 4 of these cats are talented...for anyone who says that slaughterhouse has any week links i suggest you listen to move on...and after motha*ucka move on. out!

    • ;op

      Buddens is the only reason I don't listen to Slaughterhouse. It should have been Ortiz, Crooked, Royce and Nino Bless. I can't stand Budden's antics and that lisp of his. But like dude above said, most of their white boy stans come from Buddens

    • Daniel

      That's really funny, because as I understand it, Joey was the one responsible for bringing the group together in the first place. Without him, there'd be no Slaughterhouse. Personally, I'm a big fan and it was actually through Joe Budden that I began to listen to Slaughterhouse and eventually the other guys. I had no idea who Joell Ortiz or Crooked I were before but now I know they spit NICE!... and that new Royce record with Em is dope. I bought it yesterday and it's been on repeat in my car.

  • armygunz

    Joey is like the problem child of SH and everywhere really.......SH is going to be the WU TANG influence on these young cats though, wait & see......not in the form of same lyricism but in the form of turning heads back to rawness...... SLAUGHHHHTAHOUSSSSSSSSSSSSE

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