For possibly the first time in his career, Royce Da 5’9 is noticeably in a good place. Not in public, either. But, in his music – where it counts. As alliances and label stability continue to cleanse root problems that burned bridges and placed him behind bars in years past, the matured version of this Rock City MC seems lighthearted as ever. Heard doing Hangover impressions on last week’s Em-Assisted “I’m On Everything” and now hilarious, hypothetical commentary to his finger-shaking syllables on the Premo-produced “Second Place,” the damn-near-depressing demeanor Nickel carried mid-career seems to have succumb to the man’s willpower.
The fifth album from Royce, Success Is Certain, should be out soon. Meanwhile, the title’s implied realization seems to be making waves as we speak.
Royce Da 5’9 – “Second Place” (Prod. By DJ Premier)