Royce da 5'9"
Ryan Daniel Montgomery is better known for his stage name, "Royce da 5'9"" and is an MC hailing from Detroit, Michigan. Royce is best known for his solo career & for his longtime friendship with another Detroit MC known as Eminem. Influenced by some of Hip-Hop's greats such as The Notorious B.I.G. & Tupac Shakur, Royce would begin to sharpen his proverbial lyrical sword at the age of 18. Royce later became half of the rap duo Bad Meets Evil with Eminem.
Royce met Eminem in 1997 through his manager on the same day he opened up for a young rising R&B star, "Usher". Two years later they would form their duo once Royce landed a spot on Eminem's debut album (The Slim Shady LP) on the track, "Bad Meets Evil" (1999). He would sign his first record deal in 1998 to Tommy Boy Records and after he left the label in 2000 he collaborated with the legendary producer DJ Premier to release the classic track, "Boom". The chemistry they shared on the track, as Royce's scorching flow with Premier's signature funky boom-bap beat solidified that track as a classic by the underground Hip-Hop scene. This fortunately would lead to working with DJ Premier many more times in his career.
In 2004, Premier and himself would link up again on his most critically successful solo album to date ("Death Is Certain") with the single, "Hip-Hop". Preemo would again assist with Royce's 4th solo effort in, "Street Hop" with the lead single, "Shake This" (2009). Royce formed a group named, "Slaughterhouse" with the rappers, "Joe Budden", "Crooked l", "Joell Ortiz" & "Nino Bless" after the first song they did together. After releasing their first self-titled solo album,"Slaughterhouse" and generating some buzz they would be signed to Eminem's record label, "Shady Records" on January 12th, 2011. Later that same year he would team up again with Eminem to form their rap dup Bad Meets Evil to deliver the long awaited EP, "Hell: The Sequel" under Shady Records. Bolstered by the singles, "Lighters" & "Fast Lane" the album would sell over 500,000 records be certified a gold selling album. In 2014, DJ Premier & Royce would team up to form the hip-hop duo and deliver their first self-titled LP, "PRhyme". It housed the dope single, "Courtesy" & also some fresh album cuts such as, "Dat Sound Good" with features from the Pittsburgh native rapper Mac Miller & Top Dawg Entertainment's own Ab-Soul. The album's Deluxe Version even contains a track that features the legendary MF Doom on "Highs and Lows". Even though it did not sell well, the album still received very high-praise from music critics and hip-hop contemporaries respectively. It is rumored that a sequel to this dope musical showcase will be released sometime in 2016.