Recently talking with XXL, Royce spoke about the album and said it almost was a project between Premier and Slaughterhouse.
“We originally were supposed to do it with Slaughterhouse, and it didn’t pan out for a number of reasons,” Royce said when asked about working with DJ Premier. “So I ended up getting on the phone with Preem and just asking him how he felt about just me and him doing it based off of our schedules.”
Royce also said he wants to avoid being Guru and bring his own legacy to the table with the collaboration. Of course, he has nothing but high praise for the deceased emcee.
“I try to avoid that at all costs, and I try to big up Guru—God rest his soul—as much as I can,” he said. “We look at it like we’re kind of continuing the legacy. I don’t feel in my heart that I’m doing anything that he wouldn’t 100 percent approve of. So we just move like that.”
Also during the interview Royce Da 5’9 updated fans on the status of the Slaughterhouse album and his relationship with Eminem. He also talks about Total Slaughter and his admiration for battle rap.