Detroit rapper Royce Da 5’9 has shared his opinion on Eminem’s motivation for signing his Slaughterhouse rap group and what they can bring under the Shady Records regime.
Royce believes Em’s hunger for a new breed of lyrical emcees ultimately inspired the deal.
“Em pretty much vibes off wanting to work with people because he thinks it’ll be fun for him. He’s so not wrapped up in record sales and stuff like that. He obviously thinks the group can be big, but mostly he sees guys he thinks he can have fun with while making good hip-hop.” (Detroit Free Press)
The rapper also believes Em was impressed at Slaughterhouse’s eagerness to join Shady.
“He had his time with D12, and he wanted a newer group of killers. He’s not in our group, but he definitely wanted to assemble a team of new blood. But Slaughterhouse aggressively pursued Shady. We went after them, a place where we could really express ourselves and not worry about sales. I think that’s the best mind frame for an artist to be in. And I think that’s the way (Eminem) looks at it — he feels we can all get together and make great music, and use his influence to make us go further in the game than we could have with an indie.” (Detroit Free Press)
Former Slaughterhouse rap rival Benzino recently called the rap group a more lyrical version of D12.
“Shout-out to Slaughterhosue,” Zino said in an interview with Mikey T The Movie Star. “Congratulations on that Eminem/Shady deal. I probably was real responsible for that. [laughs] Nah, but for real. Big up to my man Slam — Slam had talked to [a mutual] friend of ours from Detroit and I guess we straightened out [our beef]. It’s all good. We actually just put them in the last [Hip-Hop Weekly] magazine, talking about they signed to Shady Records — Slaughterhouse is like D12 on steroids. I say that, with no disrespect, just lyrical. They’re cats that’s lyrical in that whole frame of lyricism…At the end of the day, a n*gga beefing with motherf*ckers, unless it’s some real sh*t, I think beefing might not be the way to go moving on to 2012 because — it really has to be about music. If something jumps off, it jumps off. We don’t back down from nobody — but at the end of the day, if you want to get your business right and keep your business going, beef ain’t gonna help.” (Mikey T The Movie Star DVD)
Earlier this month, Royce talked about hitting the studio with his group and Em.
The all-star Slaughterhouse, meanwhile, is “about six songs” into its first Shady album, the follow-up to 2009’s “Slaughterhouse” album and an EP released earlier this year, both for E1. “We were out in L.A. for the Grammys and did three or four sessions,” says the group’s Detroit-based MC Royce da 5’9″. Since then, he adds, the group — which also includes Crooked I, Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz — have been e-mailing ideas back and forth for additional tracks, which he says are “real personal, talking about something in particular, things we’ve been through — something a lot of critics can’t do, so we’re excited to show ‘em we can.” (Billboard)
Check out a past Royce Da 5’9 interview down below: