On April 15, 2016 Royce will release his sixth studio album, LAYERS, via Bad Half Entertainment/ INgrooves. This will be his first solo album in nearly five years and the very first for his Bad Half imprint, and as the album title suggests, this album will culminate his upward journey.
“This album was the first album that I spent a lot of time putting it together as a complete thought,” explains Royce Da 5’9” of LAYERS. “Most of my albums reflect an emotion based off of my feelings. Death Is Certain was dark because of everything I was going through; this album reflects my emotion, but also my thoughts. That focus on LAYERS comes after a gold album, multiple Top 5 chart appearances, and a high profile BET Hip Hop Awards cypher performance. “I’ve learned a lot from being apart of B.M.E, Slaughterhouse and PRhyme and I’ve had the opportunity to use all of those experiences to better myself as artist, so it’s very exciting to see how those experiences will affect my career.” LAYERS is an awakening!
Nationally recognized since the late 1990s, Royce Da 5’9” found good reason why his personality, skills, and artistry have only grown with time. “I’ve consistently grown as an artist because I’ve never compromised who I am as a man.” The same fiery confidence heard on the breakthrough DJ Premier-produced single “Boom” more than 15 years ago is still at play in Royce’s writing and nimble delivery. Beyond sales, Grammy awards, or plaques, Nickel Nine raps like he’s truly the best. Given his litany of career challenges, hurdles, and massive setbacks—the fact that he has only grown in the ranks argues his place at the top.
Executive produced by Mr. Porter and Royce, the D12 cofounder has worked on several classic albums and his role in LAYERS cannot be overstated. “Denaun is a genius and working with him is one of my comfortable working zones,” says Royce. “I like working with everyone I’ve worked with a lot on this project but Denaun’s super easy and a lot like myself in a lot of ways.”.
Written by Raw Drive