Royce Da 5'9" Recalls Battling Eminem & Pharrell Over The Phone


With a March 16th release date already secured, Royce Da 5’9″s PRhyme 2 is on the horizon. The tidings bode well for fans the legendary artists, especially given the fact that Royce’s Book Of Ryan is nowhere to be seen. Considering the lead-f chapter PRhyme was so dope, it stands to reason that this may be the rare sequel that surpasses the original. Today, the duo have stopped by A Waste Of Time With ItsTheReal for a two hour conversation, in which the storied veterans reflect on stories featuring an eclectic cast hip-hop power players. The anecdotes are numerous and entertaining, with reflections on Slaughterhouse, Redman, Jay-Z, Eminem, and more.

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In a particularly interesting moment, Royce reflects on the Rock City days, when he first started working with Pharrell and Clipse. Eventually (around the 47-minute mark), Royce revealed he once got in a four-way phone rap battle with Eminem, Pharrell Williams, and a group called The Clinic. “We all got on the phone and we all battled,” says Royce. “This was before anybody got famous.” When the hosts ask how long it took, Royce laughs. “It didn’t take long. Detroit for the W. But you know, it was just great. It was a great moment.” 

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The full interview is well over two hours long, but there’s plenty great material to comb through. If you’re a fan hip-hop history, do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. In the mean time, stay tuned for PRhyme 2.