Royce Da 5’9″ has recently sat down with Ari Melber on MS NBC to talk about his latest “Cocaine” music video, his childhood and relationship with his father, Eminem, Michael Eric Dyson and more. You can read and watch the interview below:
On “Cocaine” music video:
This song means everything to me. This is the most important song on the album [Book Of Ryan]. It’s actually about addiction. It’s about my addiction as well as my father’s addiction. My father was able to overcome the addiction but it was everyday struggle and he chose us, the family, over the drug cocaine. He taught me a lesson. He’s my hero for that so I wanted to make song about him to kinda salute him.
On rappers who are celebrating drug lifestyle:
I think it’s unfortunate but I try not to think about it. I’m trying to focus on my message in my music.
On his “Hip-Hop” tattoo:
Hip-hop is a genre that started back in seventies and we were looked as something that was just gonna be a trend, like,we were come-and-go and then we have very important artists like Tupac, Ice T, Ice Cube. These guys put their lives on the line for the genre, for the freedom of speech. I remember C. Delores Tucker taking Tupac CDs and throwing them on the ground and stomping on them and talking about this genre like it was just gonna go and now it is the culture. It is the biggest thing we have.
I learned a lot of things from Eminem. One of the things that I learned is that you don’t have to be drunk and high in order to create music. I learned that you can do it as long as you want to do it. There is no age limit. He continues to teach me daily. Anytime I’m around him I feel like I learn something new.
On Michael Eric Dyson:
He’s a genius. He’s genius with words. I follow him because how fluent he is. He’s fluent. He’s smart. He just seems to know everything involving hip-hop. He’s not one of those guys who just speaks. He does his homework and he’s from Detroit.
About Eminem’s 2017 BET Cypher:
It meant everything to me. Because in lot of cases I think to not say anything at all is just as bad. So for artist of his magnitude to use his platform to speak out against him in that way and take that kind of gamble, that means everything to me as his friend, let alone black person in the business.
You can check out more in the full interview below: