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Format: CD
Sku: 60579560
UPC: 099923847526
UPC 14: 00099923847526
Release Date: 11/26/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. It's Tuesday - (intro) ~ Royce Da 5'9"
2. Rock City - (featuring Eminem) ~ Royce Da 5'9"
3. Off Parole - (featuring Tre Little) ~ Royce Da 5'9"
4. My Friend ~ Royce Da 5'9"
5. U Can't Touch Me ~ Royce Da 5'9"
6. Mr. Baller - (featuring The Clipse/Pharrell/Tre Little) ~ Royce Da 5'9"
7. Let's Go - (featuring Twista) ~ Royce Da 5'9"
8. D-Elite ~ Royce Da 5'9"
9. Take His Life - (featuring Tre Little) ~ Royce Da 5'9"
10. Nickel Nine Is... ~ Royce Da 5'9"
11. Boom ~ Royce Da 5'9"
12. Soldier's Story ~ Royce Da 5'9"
13. Who Am I ~ Royce Da 5'9"
14. Life - (featuring Amerie) ~ Royce Da 5'9"
15. King Of Kings - (not included on clean version of LP, bonus track) ~ Royce Da 5'9"

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Royce Da 5'9", Eminem, Nas, Tre Little, Clipse, Pharrell, Twista, Amerie.
Muze PNote Producers include: Nashiem Myrick, Rush, The Neptunes, DJ Premier, Poke & Tone.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Royce Da 5'9", Eminem, Nas, Twista, Clipse, Pharrel, Tre Little, Amerie.
Muze PNote Producers include: Eminem, Nashiem Myrick, Lee Stone, The Neptunes, Track Masters.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eminem
Muze Guest Artist Nas
Muze Guest Artist Tre Little
Muze Guest Artist Amerie
Muze Guest Artist The Clipse
Muze Guest Artist Pharrell Williams
Muze Guest Artist Twista

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations State Of The Arts(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations White Van Music(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations White Van Music(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Love Lost(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Piece Maker 3:Return Of The 50 Mcs(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations From Dusk To Dub
Muze Music Compilations What Goes Around
Muze Music Compilations House Slippers
Muze Music Compilations SHADYXV (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fear
Muze Music Compilations LUCKY 7(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Shadyxv

Associated Artists and Works

D. One (Rap)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/26/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : E2384752
Music Label Name Label : Koch (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00099923847526

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."

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