Detroit’s Royce Da 5’9 is trying to find a balance between fatherhood and a Rap career. The Slaughterhouse emcee recently spoke with KansasCity.com regarding the importance of fatherhood and what he’ll tell his son about his mistakes. In the interview, Royce also spoke on why he’s trying to live a “double life” and what he told his son when he went to jail.
“I try not to let [my son] influence my music,” he said when asked how his son impacts his music. “I try to live a double life, as horrible as that sounds. I try not to be Royce Da 5’9 in my home. I try to just be Ryan Montgomery, a regular person, and I don’t want my son looking at me like Royce Da 5’9, and he has to understand that my music is a reflection of the entire me, not just the dad but the person that goes out the door, the person that’s going to protect the home, the person that’s going to provide. I’m all of those people wrapped up in one, so I kind of bring out different sides to my music that he doesn’t need to see.”
Royce also shed light on what he told his son when he went to jail, when he was asked if he’ll share his mistakes with his son.
“Depending how old he is,” Royce added. “If I feel that he’s of age and he’s mature enough, I’d be very honest with him. Like I went to jail for a year, and I didn’t think he was old enough to understand and handle it so I lied, I lied to him. My wife was dropping me off every day at the work release facility, and I was telling him that it was the studio. I didn’t want to do that to him. I didn’t want him to have to think about that. And when he gets to an age he’ll either find out and come to me and talk to me about it and we can discuss it, or I’m going to tell him when I feel like the time is right. I think as a parent, it’s our job to protect our child’s feelings. … You don’t want them growing up too fast.”
“I’m a lot more positive today than I was; I was very negative back then. I’m not that no more. I’m not angry with anybody, I don’t hate anybody, I don’t have beef with anybody, I don’t have anything bad going on, I’m not drinking (and) driving, I’m not doing none of that stuff. So [Success is Certain is] just kind of a reflection of where I am today.”