On top of being a solo artist, Royce da 5'9" is a member of Slaughterhouse and one half of Bad Meets Evil with Eminem. Now the Detroit rapper is officially adding his name to another major hip hop mash-up by teaming up with long-time collaborator DJ Premier for the release of their joint album, PRHYME.
“In order to try to change the way that people digest music, we had to take a leap of faith,” Royce told XXL about his and Premo’s first dual release. “The bar has to be high. For this album to be another body of work and another chapter for both of our lives,” Premo added.
The album announcement comes after the duo teased fans with a video trailer earlier in September. Nickle Nine and Premier, who have hits like “Boom,” “Hip Hop” and 2007’s The Bar Exam under their belt, are pulling out all the stops for their forthcoming effort. PRHYME is slated to feature appearances from Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q, amongst others. It will also feature samples from famed Los Angeles composer Adrian Younge.
“I’ve never sampled just one artist, I’m known for my reputation and my creativity,” Premier said. “I wanted it to be my traditional thing where I sample everything I find, but I am really proud how the project came out and Royce is one hell of a pusher.”
The new album marks Premo’s first joint album since his days as one half of Gang Starr. PRHYME is pegged for release later this year.
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