Royce Da 5'9" Checks in with Pandora to Gear Up for 'The Allegory' Release
Updated: Mar 10
Nickel-Nine is gearing up for the release of The Allegory at the end of the month (2/21) and well....we're absolutely ready for it. In 2018, his release Book of Ryan was an in depth look at who Royce really is, Ryan Montgomery. It was passionate, heartfelt and yeah he was spitting but it was grown man bars to the ones that took the time to listen. It's no secret that Royce has bars and will probably rap circles around your favorite rapper but he actually is taking on a couple other things this go around.
Along with rapping, Royce is proverbially pushing the producer away from the desk and taking on that aspect in this new project as well. So not only will his metaphors and punchlines going to make your head spin but now you can fully emerge yourself in a fully produced Royce album. Aside from the anticipation, Royce has not minced words about his peers lately and something tells us we're in for more. Earlier this year on an Eminem track entitled You Gon' Learn he took an ambiguous jab at former Shady Aftermath Yelawolf so who knows who else is on his hit list.
As he's preparing for his release, Royce Da 5'9" is on a major press tour getting the word out about The Allegory, and we got to catch him at Pandora in the Atlanta office for a Q&A with J1 Posterchild, Head of Hip Hop. The intimate setting allowed us to get to know more about Royce as he answered questions from how he got his name, sobriety, the inspiration to this album, and elaborated on jumping in as a producer. As he is one of the greatest lyricist out right now, and he knows it, it comes to no surprise that he had many gems to drop. It sounds like Royce Da 5'9 is on a path with a clear vision of what exactly he wants and his purpose here, not only on earth but in the music industry as well. He explains that, "Everything I know is from making mistakes", as he refers to being 8 years sober and wanting to use his platform to speak and teach the next generation the right way. "Cliche advice is bad advice", says Royce, as he explains how much it means to let the next generation know exactly what to do with money, and moves to make to become a better person internally and in the industry.
The Allegory is just the beginning of this phase of uplifting the next generation because the entire album is full of gems. We got a sneak peak listen to Tricked, a track from the album that in short explains how they try to trick us to go against each other, and he uses his bars to steer away from that to dropping knowledge for artist and everyday people. The title of the new anticipated album, The Allegory, comes from Allegory of the Cave by Plato, a book that Royce read in which he compares to the world of hip-hop. In a nutshell, Allegory of the cave refers to the lack of or the unknown; being kept in the cave not knowing what's really going on in the world or the outside. His comparison to Hip-Hop is based on how they (labels/companies) keep us in the cave thinking we are unaware of the business and our lack of education in the world. Royce Da 5'9" is using his platform to change that narrative. Knowing the story of Allegory of the Cave will help you understand and set the tone for the new album and its significance.
On this 3rd album, Royce Da 5'9" is a force to be reckoned with, not only with his bars but now as he continues his journey as what he refers himself to as a "Universe Hippie". His enlightenment is being shown even more through his music, beats, and actions. We guarantee getting hip to The Allegory will be one of the best things you do in 2020.