Royce Da 5’9 recently spent some time in jail. Using the bid as
fuel to his passion for music, he came out with a fury. Recently, he spoke out
about the experience in jail and his relationships with Proof and Eminem,
as well as the new projects he’s got in store for 2007.
While jail is rarely something
people enjoy, Royce found it did not deter him from his goals.
Things happen, and it didn’t set me
back too far. Before I went in there, you had people that was saying I’m
finished. And those same people will be jumping back on my dick as soon as I
come out with something. That’s how muthafuckas is, and if you can get through
that, then you can get through anything, he
recently said in a XXL interview.
While in jail, Royce also had
to grieve the loss of longtime friend (and former rival) Proof.
That was my nigga. Me and Proof were
real good friends. Me going to his Grandmamma house every time I finished a
song and us playing it. And I remember him pressing record on another Maxwell
tape, wanting a copy as soon as I put mines in, before he even heard it. We was
real cool. It was a relationship even before I met Em. It was solid with Proof.
That was like ’95, he explained.
According to Royce, none
of this has helped bring him and former partner Eminem back to the Bad
Meets Evil days.
We aiight. We just don’t talk.
There’s nothing really to talk about at this point. I think we both made our
minds up on what it is, and that’s it. Two people can agree to disagree and
leave it at that. It don’t have to be a problem, he added.
With this behind him, he’s ready to
unleash new albums and as he put it, artists should “worry.”
It’s gonna be the type of album to
make all the artists worry when they hear it…Nobody can do what I can do.
Just picture the mind frame Nas goes into making an album, the mind frame Jay
goes into making an album, the mind frame Em goes into making an album, and put
it all together, all elements off of all those albums. The diversity of what
they’re best at doing, he added.
Currently, Royce is also
working on a mixtape with DJ Premier and Statik Selektah. The mixtape
will reportedly drop sometime in February or early March. No word yet on the
album’s finalized release date.