Rock City (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: Royce Da 5'9"

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Label Koch International Distributio
SKU 60579560
UPC 099923847526
UPC 14 00099923847526
Format CD
Release Date 11/26/2002
Author Royce Da 5'9"
Associated Artist/Work D. One (Rap)
Technical Info
CatalogID E2384752
Lable Name Koch (USA)
Released 11/26/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00099923847526
Musical Guests
Tre Little
The Clipse
Pharrell Williams
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Royce Da 5'9", Eminem, Nas, Tre Little, Clipse, Pharrell, Twista, Amerie.
Producers include: Nashiem Myrick, Rush, The Neptunes, DJ Premier, Poke & Tone.
Personnel includes: Royce Da 5'9", Eminem, Nas, Twista, Clipse, Pharrel, Tre Little, Amerie.
Producers include: Eminem, Nashiem Myrick, Lee Stone, The Neptunes, Track Masters.
Recording information: 54 Sound Studios, Detroit, MI; Basement Studios, NJ; D&D Studios, New York, NY; Mastersound, Virginia Beach, VA; Nations Studios, Detroit, MI; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Soho Music Studios, NYCm NY; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Steve King Studios; The Muthafu"#in' Spot, Lexington; Unique Studios, New York, NY.
Finally arriving with a full-length after appearing on records with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Method Man, DJ Premier, and even Willa Ford, Royce da 5'9" makes the most of his growing exposure on Rock City [Version 2.0]. The disc was meant for release in 2000, but after label intervention and multiple problems with the final product, it took a massive overhaul of the tracks and production to arrive at the final version of Rock City, hence the subtitle [Version 2.0]. But the wait was worth it, as Eminem's old hype-man steps out of his friend's shadow on the awesome tracks here. Boasting a voice like vintage LL Cool J but without the grit, Royce tells intriguing tales of self-reflection that have become a staple of Detroit MCs. His smooth delivery is complemented by the liquid funk production, carrying his vocals over a bed of bouncing beats and sensual synths courtesy of DJ Premier and the Neptunes, among others. The rollicking hometown anthem "Rock City" includes Eminem on the snappy chorus, but the verses are pure Royce as he waxes philosophical his role in the Motor City scene. The funky "Mr. Baller" brings the Clipse and Pharrell Williams into the picture, and Royce holds his own and more against the production mastermind and his prot?g?s. And "Boom" was fantastic as a single, but the new album version reveals what a multi-layered masterpiece DJ Premier put together for the Detroit MC. But most tracks don't necessarily stand out on Rock City; instead they act more as a pieces of a complete picture of an MC that is still actively connected to the underground. From the beats to his rhyming style, Royce rarely attempts to do anything that resembles commercial rap. The awesome "Take His Life" is a perfect example; the harsh beat and sparse piano samples carry Royce's thoughtful defense of his murder fantasies with an eerie clarity, but despite being one of the best songs on the album, it could never survive as a single. This is rarely a detriment, although a few tracks suffer from being indistinct because of his attitude towards hooks and poppy touches. But when the songs are as powerful as "Soldier's Story," it's hard to argue with his method. Royce had been unfairly labeled as an Eminem creation in the past, but Rock City [Version 2.0] reveals an exciting voice that has little in common with his former running buddy. Instead, he brings the underground to the mainstream and crafts an album that isn't perfect, but is an endearingly gruff, dense, and promising debut. ~ Bradley Torreano
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (1/3/03, p.64) - "...Royce rolls with polished precision throughout this lively 15-song set..." - Rating: B
Q (3/02, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Solidly enjoyable..."
Vibe (4/02, p.164) - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "...Well produced and well balanced...relying on a solid, bass-heavy beat selection that defies coastal identification....showing that da 5'9" is solid as a rock."
Disc 1
1 It's Tuesday - (intro)
2 Rock City - (featuring Eminem)
3 Off Parole - (featuring Tre Little)
4 My Friend
5 U Can't Touch Me
6 Mr. Baller - (featuring The Clipse/Pharrell/Tre Little)
7 Let's Go - (featuring Twista)
8 D-Elite
9 Take His Life - (featuring Tre Little)
10 Nickel Nine Is...
11 Boom
12 Soldier's Story
13 Who Am I
14 Life - (featuring Amerie)
15 King Of Kings - (not included on clean version of LP, bonus track)

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