When it’s all said and done, Royce Da 5’9” will probably be remembered for two things: intense lyricism and equally, if not more, intense alcoholism. On the mic, only a select few rappers can contest his skill, and three of them are on his team, in a little group called Slaughterhouse. Time and time again he’s wrecked a beat, shredded a verse, and torn it apart. Whatever you want to call it. However, his off the field, alcohol-related issues have often been problematic, including his yearlong stint in the slammer due to a DUI.
I was fortunate enough to catch Royce and Slaughterhouse perform in 2009, and it was one of the most unique shows I’ve ever seen. Joe Budden turned the stage into his own personal Smoking Section; I think his love for cigs may even rival that of Gotty™. Crooked I got his inner comedian on, only to be upstaged by Joey or Joell at every chance they got.
And then there was Royce.
In classic style, he clutched a fifth of Patron closer to his mouth than his mic, and proceeded to down the entire thing over the next half-hour. And the drunker he got, the better he was.
And so, in everything you would expect of Royce Da 5’9”, here’s a leak that blends the best of his lyrical ability with his affinity for the booze.[audio:http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Royce-Da-5_9_-24-Bars-Drunk.mp3%5D
Download — Royce Da 5’9″ – “24 Bars (Drunk)”