Royce Da 5’9″ + Shady??

There have been a lot of whispers since Eminem was flanked by Royce Da 5’9″ and his Slaughterhouse brethren in the video for “Forever”. Since then, Royce has finally spoke on the reconciliations with Mr. Slim Shady and potential partnerships.

“It’s very much what it looks like,” Royce said of Slaughterhouse joining forces with Eminem. “That’s always a possibility. It’s conversations being had, very good conversations. I just did an interview recently and they asked me to a address the rumors. I said, ‘Rumors are what they are, people see things and they jump to a conclusion.’ I never said it wasn’t going to happen — I left it right there in the middle. I think it would be a great thing if it could happen.”
Royce says he has been in discussion with Eminem and Slim Shady’s Paul Rosenberg for some time and the Slaughterhouse/ Shady Records deal isn’t looking too bad.
“I’ve been talking to Em and Paul for a long time,” Royce added. “With this particular situation, things are falling into place. Everything is in place where it’s supposed to be. I’m very prepared [for] when the opportunity presented itself. It’s a time where there’s things they need over here and certain things we need in order to move over there. I think it’s a good marriage. Like I said, I just hope it can happen.”(via MTV News)

As a fan of Detroit hip-hop and a Royce backer since The Slim Shady LP days, this is pretty exciting. From “Bad Meets Evil” to “Scary Movie” to “Rock City”, there is a precdent of great tracks between the parties. Not to mention Royce’s ghostwriting on Chronic 2001. Of course, there are worries on Shady Records’ past on promoting stellar underground artists that aren’t 50 Cent (see Stat Quo and Obie Trice). However, I’m pretty optimistic that this would be a good thing for Royce in particular. I’m not sure the project would move units that Em & Dre are used to, but who wouldn’t want to hear Royce and Eminem (or even Joe Budden) spitting over some Dr. Dre beats?

Royce Da 5’9″ – New Money

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