Royce Da 5’9 is a dedicated student of Hip Hop. Even with the Grammy Award nomination and seemingly endless accolades from peers such as Eminem and KXNG Crooked, he diligently studies the craft and tackles the topic any time he gets a chance.
Early Sunday morning (July 11), Royce emphatically stated West Coast artists are essentially superior to East Coast artists, citing Kendrick Lamar, The Game, YG, Nipsey Hussle, Roddy Ricch, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Anderson .Paak, Ice Cube and ScHoolboy Q to make his case.
“West Coast artists make the best albums,” he tweeted. “I just realized this. KDot Game YG NIP Roddy Quik Dre Snoop Cube Anderson School Boy Q … Damn.”
He later added Tha Dogg Pound and Warren G.
Of course, the comment section lit up reactions to Royce Da 5’9’s opinion with one person saying, “I thank Suge Knight, Top Dawg and Wack 100 for this,” to which Royce said, “Important men in our culture who are under appreciated due to their reputations preceding them.”
Another person was quick to point out he was “doing the Bay dirty” by only naming Los Angeles-based artists, then tossed Bay Area artists Mac Dre, Jacka, C-Bo, Mac Mall, Andre Nickatina, Too $hort, E-40, Drakeo The Ruler and Cellski into the mix. Others threw in Luniz, Pharcyde, Paris, N.W.A and a laundry list of notable names.
Royce Da 5’9 can be found nerding out about rap and everything in between with Lupe Fiasco on their weekly podcast called The Lupe and Royce Show.
As noted in the description, the show is “half conversation between friends, half interview show, and 100 percent weird. It MIGHT make you think and will definitely make you laugh. Two prolific MCs, one white guy with two first names: What could go wrong?”
Their most recent episode, which aired on Thursday (July 8), found the duo discussing professional bowling with professional bowler and six-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte. Other guests have included NBA legend Baron Davis, actor/author Hill Harper and NFL safety Dough Middleton.