Royce Da 5'9"

Royce Da 5'9"

Biography

Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born July 5, 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is a hip-hop/rap artist from Detroit, Michigan. He is known for his longtime association with Eminem and for his solo career, recording primarily with Carlos "6 July" Broady and DJ Premier, as well as ghostwriting for the likes of Diddy and Dr. Dre. Royce Da 5'9" is one half of the rap duo Bad Meets Evil with Eminem and also a member of hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse.

Ryan Montgomery was born and raised on the West side of Detroit, Michigan on W. McNichols & Wyoming Ave. He moved to Oak Park, Michigan when he was 10 years old, later acquiring the nickname "Royce" during high school after wearing a link chain with an R pendant resembling the Rolls Royce symbol. He started rapping at age 18, influenced mainly by Ras Kass, Redman, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and N.W.A. He signed his first deal in 1998 with Tommy Boy Records, after the label shut down, he signed a deal with Columbia where he started recording an album called "Rock City", referring to Detroit's former status as home to Motown Records. When the project was heavily bootlegged, Royce Da 5'9" left the label for Koch to re-record some of the album, eventually releasing it in 2002 as "Rock City (Version 2.0)". While the album did not sell very well, the DJ Premier-produced single "Boom" gained Royce Da 5'9" some underground recognition and eventually resulted in the two working together more closely.

In 2004, he released his second and most critically successful album to date, "Death Is Certain", charting with another Premier-produced single, "Hip-Hop". After the relative success of his sophomore effort, Royce Da 5'9" put out a third solo project, "Independent's Day", in 2005. This was met with less acclaim than either of his previous releases. During this time, the rivalry between Royce Da 5'9" and former friend Proof reached a boiling point in the streets of Detroit, on an occasion where the two rappers drew guns; they were subsequently arrested and left to work out their differences while spending the night in neighboring cells in jail. The time spent in jail led to the artists ending their feud and subsequently embarking on two overseas tours together. Though Royce Da 5'9" had planned other projects involving Nottz and his former crew, D-Elite, these were cut short after a sentencing to one year in prison for a DUI.

After his release in 2007, Royce Da 5'9" with DJ Premier and Statik Selektah released the mixtape "The Bar Exam". He also announced an album with Premier; in an interview with Elemental Magazine, Royce Da 5'9" stated that, contrary to rumors, Premier would not be producing the entirety of his upcoming album, but will be overseeing the project as executive producer, handpicking all of the beats. Following "The Bar Exam", Royce Da 5'9" wrote the single for Diddy's album "Press Play", "Tell Me". Following this, the producer expressed interest in signing the lyricist to Bad Boy. Nas has also stated that he would like to sign Royce Da 5'9" to his Def Jam imprint, The Jones Experience. Neither of these deals, however, materialized.

In early 2008 Royce Da 5'9" confirmed that he had officially resolved misunderstandings between himself and Eminem. He released "The Bar Exam 2" with DJ Green Lantern later in the year, as well as a retail version of the mixtape The Album; the projects featured production from Green Lantern, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier and 6 July, among others. Later worked on his Premier-assisted retail release, "Street Hop", the lead single of which was "Shake This", also produced by DJ Premier. The video to the song circulated the internet, and the project was released October 20, 2009. On May 26, 2012, Royce Da 5'9" announced that he will release a mixtape before his next album.

Discography

Royce Da 5'9" - Rock City

Royce Da 5'9" - Rock City

Game Recordings, Columbia 2002
Royce Da 5'9'' - Rock City (Version 2.0)

Royce Da 5'9" - Rock City (Version 2.0)

Game Recordings, Koch Records 2002
Royce Da 5'9" - Death Is Certain

Royce Da 5'9" - Death Is Certain

Koch Records 2004
Royce Da 5'9" - Independent's Day

Royce Da 5'9" - Independent's Day

Trouble Records 2005
Royce Da 5'9 - The Revival EP

Royce Da 5'9 - The Revival EP

M.I.C. Records 2009
Royce Da 5'9'' - Street Hop

Royce Da 5'9" - Street Hop

One Records, M.I.C. Records, Gracie Productions 2009
Royce Da 5'9" - Success Is Certain

Royce Da 5'9" - Success Is Certain

Gracie Productions 2011
Royce Da 5'9" & Nottz - Lost Files

Royce Da 5'9" & Nottz - Lost Files

Bad Half Records 2015
Royce Da 5'9" - Trust The Shooter

Royce Da 5'9" - Trust The Shooter

Bad Half Entertainment 2016
Royce Da 5'9" - Layers

Royce Da 5'9" - Layers

Bad Half Entertainment 2016
Royce Da 5'9" - The Bar Exam 4

Royce Da 5'9" - The Bar Exam 4

Bad Half Entertainment, Inc. 2017

Guest Appearances

Eminem - The Slim Shady LP
  • Bad Meets Evil

Eminem - The Slim Shady LP

Interscope Records 1999
Tony Touch - The Piece Maker
  • Royce Da 5'9

Tony Touch - The Piece Maker

Tommy Boy 2000
Menace To Society - Situation Critical
  • Don't F... Wit Me

Menace To Society - Situation Critical

Ink Town Productions Inc. 2000
DJ Clue - The Professional 2
  • What The Beat

DJ Clue? - The Professional 2

Roc-A-Fella Records 2001
Da Beatminerz - Brace 4 Impak
  • Live & Direct

Da Beatminerz - Brace 4 Impak

Rawkus 2001
Bowtie - Son Of A Junkie
  • In Trouble

Bowtie - Son Of A Junkie

Flight Risk Records 2001
Hush - Roses & Razorblades
  • Knuckle Up

Hush - Roses & Razorblades

Rock City Records 2003
Afu-Ra - State Of The Arts
  • Pusha

Afu-Ra - State Of The Arts

Decon 2005
Classified - Boy-Cott-In The Industry
  • Unexplainable Hunger

Classified - Boy-Cott-In The Industry

Halflife Records, Urbnet Records 2005
Outerspace - Blood Brothers
  • Street Massacre

Outerspace - Blood Brothers

Babygrande 2006
Vakill - Worst Fears Confirmed
  • The Kings Meets The Sickest

Vakill - Worst Fears Confirmed

Molemen 2006
9th Wonder - The Dream Merchant Vol. 2
  • The Last Time

9th Wonder - The Dream Merchant Vol. 2

6 Hole Records, Inc 2007
Statik Selektah - Spell My Name Right
  • Back Against The Wall

Statik Selektah - Spell My Name Right

Show Off Records, Brick Records 2007
Kid Vishis - Sick Em, Vol. 1 (Vishis Is Me)
  • Vishis Is Me

Kid Vishis - Sick Em, Vol. 1 (Vishis Is Me)

22 Entertainment 2007
Black Milk - Tronic
  • Losing Out

Black Milk - Tronic

Fat Beats 2008
Jake One - White Van Music
  • Glow

Jake One - White Van Music

Rhymesayers Entertainment 2008
Elzhi - The Preface
  • Motown 25

Elzhi - The Preface

Fat Beats 2008
Pumpkinhead - Picture That (The Negative)
  • Vanquish

Pumpkinhead - Picture That (The Negative)

Red Army Inc. 2008
Marcus D - Revival Of The Fittest
  • I Shine

Marcus D - Revival Of The Fittest

Marcus D Productions 2008
DJ Revolution - King Of The Decks
  • Do My Thing

DJ Revolution - King Of The Decks

Duck Down 2008
Kaze - Block 2 The Basement
  • Paperwork

Kaze - Block 2 The Basement

Sound Of The Culture 2008
Joe Budden - Halfway House
  • Slaughterhouse

Joe Budden - Halfway House

Amalgam Digital 2008
Q-Tip - Abstract Innovations
  • I Got Rhythm

Q-Tip - Abstract Innovations

Bulldog Kid Records 2008
Kaboose - Excuse Me
  • Goin' Outta Control

Kaboose - Excuse Me

Syntax Records 2008
Trick Trick - The Villain
  • All Around The World

Trick Trick - The Villain

Koch Records 2008
Statik Selektah - Stick 2 The Script
  • Take It All Back

Statik Selektah - Stick 2 The Script

Showoff Records, Brick Records 2008
Salam Wreck - Trouble Soon
  • When I Was Young

Salam Wreck - Trouble Soon

Masari Music Entertainment 2008
Elzhi - EuroPass (An Exclusive Tour CD)
  • Motown 25

Elzhi - EuroPass (An Exclusive Tour CD)

Libido Sounds 2008
Classified - Self Explanatory
  • They Call This (Hip Hop)

Classified - Self Explanatory

Halflife Records 2009
Trife Diesel - Better Late Than Never
  • Powerful Minds

Trife Diesel - Better Late Than Never

Diesel Music Group 2009
Crooked I - Mr. Pig Face Weapon Waist
  • Freestyle Cypher

Crooked I - Mr. Pig Face Weapon Waist

Gracie Productions 2009
Crooked I Presents Horse Shoe G.A.N.G. - Gangsta M.C.
  • Cypher 2

Crooked I Presents Horse Shoe G.A.N.G. - Gangsta M.C.

C.O.B. 2009
Nottz - You Need This Music
  • Never Caught Slippin'

Nottz - You Need This Music

Raw Koncept 2010
Black Milk - Album Of The Year
  • Deadly Medley

Black Milk - Album Of The Year

Fat Beats, Decon 2010
Statik Selektah - 100 Proof: The Hangover
  • Come Around

Statik Selektah - 100 Proof: The Hangover

ShowOff Records, Brick Records 2010
Bizarre - Friday Night At St. Andrews
  • Rap's Finest

Bizarre - Friday Night At St. Andrews

AVJ Records 2010
Ras Kass & DJ Rhettmatic - A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin)
  • Attitudes 2012

Ras Kass & DJ Rhettmatic - A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin)

Not On Label 2010
Duo - Double Vision
  • Get Em Up

Duo - Double Vision

Bankrupt Records 2010
Big Gov - Debt Collector
  • Deleted

Big Gov - Debt Collector

Black Guvernment Music Group 2010
Pharoahe Monch - W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
  • Assassins

Pharoahe Monch - W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

Duck Down 2011
Joell Ortiz - Free Agent
  • Finish What You Start

Joell Ortiz - Free Agent

E1 Music 2011
Elzhi And Will Sessions - Elmatic
  • Life's A Bitch

Elzhi And Will Sessions - Elmatic

Jae B. Group 2011
Mistah F.A.B. - I Found My Backpack Pt. 2 (The Lost Notebook)
  • In My City

Mistah F.A.B. - I Found My Backpack Pt. 2 (The Lost Notebook)

Faeva Afta 2011
Absent - Amber Alert
  • Best I Be

Absent - Amber Alert

Sp Style 2011
Kid Vishis - Sick Em, Vol. 2 (Bar 4 Bar)
  • The Execution

Kid Vishis - Sick Em, Vol. 2 (Bar 4 Bar)

22 Entertainment 2011
Joe Budden - A Loose Quarter
  • All In My Head

Joe Budden - A Loose Quarter

Mood Muzik Entertainment 2012
Big Sean - Detroit
  • 100

Big Sean - Detroit

G.O.O.D. Music 2012
Ca$his - The Art Of Dying
  • 1,2,3

Ca$his - The Art Of Dying

RBC Records, Bogish Brand Entertainment 2012
Twiztid - Abominationz
  • Coin Flip Lunatic

Twiztid - Abominationz

Psychopathic Records 2012
Topp - View From The Topp
  • Hold The City Down

Topp - View From The Topp

Not On Label 2012
Dogmatic - 8mile Chronicles 2
  • Hate

Dogmatic - 8mile Chronicles 2

Doghead Ent. 2012
Havoc - 13
  • Tell Me To My Face

Havoc - 13

Nature Sounds 2013
Joe Budden - No Love Lost
  • All In My Head

Joe Budden - No Love Lost

E1 Music 2013
Bun B - Trill OG: The Epilogue
  • Stop Playin'

Bun B - Trill OG: The Epilogue

Rap-A-Lot Records 2013
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - Blasphemy
  • Giraffe Pussy

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - Blasphemy

Mello Music Group 2013
Kid Vishis - Last Of The Spitters
  • Rock That

Kid Vishis - Last Of The Spitters

22 Entertainment 2013
Kid Vishis - Sick Em, Vol. 3
  • Straight Out Of Detroit

Kid Vishis - Sick Em, Vol. 3

22 Entertainment 2013
Kid Vishis - Timing Is Everything
  • Coward

Kid Vishis - Timing Is Everything

Seven13 Music 2014
K Deezy & K Doe - Heavy Is The Crown (Rebirth Of A Lord)
  • #Aintimonit

K Deezy & K Doe - Heavy Is The Crown (Rebirth Of A Lord)

Not On Label 2014
  • Doin My Thang

A-Laz - The Eastie Boy Lp

Eastie Ent. 2014
DJ EFN - Another Time
  • Revolutionary Ride Music

DJ EFN - Another Time

Redefinition Records 2015
Al Nuke - Salute The Real
  • Lets Eat

Al Nuke - Salute The Real

Bigg Bizz Media 2015
Horseshoe Gang - Knocking On Raps Door
  • F.O.E (Family Over Everything)

Horseshoe Gang - Knocking On Raps Door

SMH Records 2015
Deciet - Under Ground Mix Tape (U.G.M.T.) Vol. 2
  • Get Up Now

Deciet - Under Ground Mix Tape (U.G.M.T.) Vol. 2

Submission Entertainment 2015
Kid Vishis - Timing Is Everything (Deluxe)
  • Coward

Kid Vishis - Timing Is Everything (Deluxe)

Seven13 Music 2016
The Alchemist & Budgie - The Good Book, Vol. 2
  • Pray For You

The Alchemist & Budgie - The Good Book, Vol. 2

ALC 2017
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 3
  • I'm On 3.0

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 3

ABN, EMPIRE 2017
  • Triumphant

Beware - Woodward Ave

Not On Label 2017

Compilations

Essential Underground Hip Hop
  • Double Homicide

Various - Essential Underground Hip Hop

Landspeed Records 2000
Scary Movie: Music That Inspired The Soundtrack
  • Scary Movies (Sequel)

Various - Scary Movie: Music That Inspired The Soundtrack?

TVT Soundtrax 2000
DJ Butter ‎- Kill The DJ
  • Freestyle

DJ Butter ‎- Kill The DJ

Crazy Noise Productions 2000
Lyricist Lounge 2
  • Let's Grow

Various - Lyricist Lounge 2

Rawkus 2000
DJ Butter - S#!t Happens
  • Freestyle

DJ Butter - S#!t Happens

Crazy Noise Productions 2001
High & The Mighty Presents Eastern Conference All Stars II
  • Nickel Nine Is

Various - High & The Mighty Presents Eastern Conference All Stars II

Landspeed Records 2001
Stretch Armstrong Presents Spit
  • Soldier Story

Various - Stretch Armstrong Presents Spit

Landspeed Records 2001
Essential Underground Hip Hop 1
  • Nickle Nine

Various - Essential Underground Hip Hop 1

Landspeed Records 2002
Home Run Kings
  • Double Homicide

Various - Home Run Kings

Major League Entertainment 2002
One Big Trip
  • Runnin'

Various - One Big Trip

Hiero Imperium 2002
Game Tight
  • I'm The King

Various - Game Tight

Game Recordings, Landspeed Records 2002
The Mic Planet Sessions
  • Double Homicide

Various - The Mic Planet Sessions

Insomniac, Inc. 2003
Essential Underground Hip-Hop 2
  • Hip-Hop

Various - Essential Underground Hip-Hop 2

Landspeed Records 2005
Sway & King Tech Present Back 2 Basics
  • Enough Beef

Various - Sway & King Tech Present Back 2 Basics

Bungalo Records 2005
The Source Presents Fat Tape Volume One
  • Ding!

Various - The Source Presents Fat Tape Volume One

Koch Records 2006
Welcome To Shitsville (The Original Film Soundtrack)
  • Don't Try This At Home

Various - Welcome To Shitsville (The Original Film Soundtrack)

Crazy Noise Productions 2006
Various - Big Proof & Iron Fist Records Presents Hand 2 Hand: The Official Mixtape Instruction Manual
  • Gurls Wit Da Boom RMX

Various - Big Proof & Iron Fist Records Presents Hand 2 Hand: The Official Mixtape Instruction Manual

Iron Fist Records 2006
DJ K.O. Presents Picture This...
  • Best To Do It

Various - DJ K.O. Presents Picture This...

Shaman Work 2008
Esham Presents The Butcher Shop
  • Pussy Good

Various - Esham Presents The Butcher Shop

Aknu Media 2008
DJ Premier - Rare Play Volume II
  • My Friend

DJ Premier - Rare Play Volume II

Bare Fist Recordings 2009
Elzhi - The Leftovers: Unmixedtape
  • Clash Of The Titans

Elzhi - The Leftovers: Unmixedtape

Not On Label 2009
The Stupendous Adventures Of Marco Polo!
  • Best To Do It (Marco Polo Remix)

Various - The Stupendous Adventures Of Marco Polo!

Duck Down 2010
Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2
  • Malcolm X

Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2

Mo Thugs Records 2011
Trick Trick - Featuring
  • I'm Bout Dat

Trick Trick - Featuring

Time Entertainment, B.M.B. Entertainment 2013
Various - Mo Thugs Presents Street Chronicles, Vol. 1
  • Beat Yo Ass

Various - Mo Thugs Presents Street Chronicles, Vol. 1

Mo Thugs Records 2013
Various - God Bless Dope Rappers
  • Coward

Various - God Bless Dope Rappers

Seven13 Music 2016