Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier are back in their prime for the second installment of their ongoing collaborative series, PRhyme 2.
The project is a combination of celebrated styles, with Nickle known for his intricate bars and Preemo honored for his soulful chops. Their 2014 original featured music by Adrian Younge, flipped by the legendary Gang Starr producer and DJ. This time around, they’ve done the same with AntMan Wonder’s original recordings.
Other voices also appear on the album, including Dave East (“Era”) and 2 Chainz (“Flirt”). Elsewhere, Roc Marciano (“Respect My Gun”), Rapsody (“Loved Ones”), CeeLo Green and Brady Watt (“Gotta Love It”), and Yelawolf (“W.O.W. (With Out Warning)”) are among the featured guests.
PRhyme 2 is premiering a week early via NPR, where Royce opened up about “Everyday Struggle,” a song that is all about embracing different styles.
“The more balance in hip-hop, the better,” he says of the track, which was meant to feature Lil Uzi Vert. “When you say ‘mumble rap,’ who are you talking about? Rappers who can’t rap that well? Because there’s a such thing as being really good at what you do, but you’re not a lyricist. It doesn’t give me the authority to critique you as a lyricist if you’re not claiming to be a lyricist. It doesn’t make me an expert. It just means I do one thing; you do something else.”