"I’m The Next Best To Reach, A Peak Formally Known As The Best Kept Secret…"

2 Oct

“I guess that I just leaked it.”

The above is one of my favorite Royce Da 5’9″ lines, from his classic DJ Premier-released record, “Boom.” In case you guys hadn’t heard, Royce recently began serving a one-year bid (sorry B, AllHipHop just had more details in their article).

As a Michigander and a hip-hop head, I’ve been a big Royce fan for a minute now. Dude has been dope ever since he was rhyming alongside Eminem as one half of Bad Meets Evil. With beefs and label limbo serving as only a couple of what reads like a laundry list of adversities Royce has had to deal with in his career, hopefully, he’ll be able to handle this jail sentence just as well and come back better than ever. After all, he was working on an album executive produced by Premo himself – and if you’ve heard “Ding Ding” (peep the music player on the left), you know where that was going. Royce isn’t only one of the best MCs in the state, but he’s amongst hip-hop’s elite, period. Hopefully, dude can serve his bid and get back to supplying the music we love. On the bright side, at least it’s just a one-year sentence; with everything that’s been going on with Detroit hip-hop, we should be counting our blessings.

As seen on the link posted above, anyone who wants to write to Royce in prison can send letters to the following:

Ryan Montgomery # 294855 – W1
PO Box 436017
Pontiac, MI 48343

I also have a feature article on Royce in the new issue of ELEMENTAL magazine (peep the cover on the left sidebar), so check that out at your local Barnes & Noble, Borders, or whatever appropriate bookstore/newsstand. For a trip down memory lane, click here to read my Royce interview for RapReviews.com in 2004.

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3 Responses to “"I’m The Next Best To Reach, A Peak Formally Known As The Best Kept Secret…"”

  1. Cierra October 4, 2006 at 6:27 pm #

    Royce did work (ghost writing) on Diddy’s new album….That may bea good enough reason to buy it.

  2. chris October 10, 2006 at 4:40 pm #

    Your site holds a high spot in my list of internet resourses to hip-hop news(not just bcuz u that dude)lol… which shouldnt be surprising since you are the person who casually introduced me to the culture in the first place, so keep doin yo thing

  3. Anonymous October 13, 2006 at 12:04 am #

    Royce has the talent to be one of the illest ever, but he just can’t seem to get himself outta trouble. With all the feuds, the fights, the bad album deals, it just seems like he can’t get his life together. Most casual hip-hop listeners don’t even know who he is. It’s really sad. I hope and pray that when he gets done doing his bid, that he can surround himself with the right crowd and drop a proper album.

    Oh yeah, this exact same comment can go out to Ras Kass as well.

    Michael J. Ganheart

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