It's striking that Royce Da 5'9" 's latest album has no room for hating on usual targets like women, gays, or wack MCs. Instead: you, Eminem, Dre, 50 Cent, Jews, himself. He inhabits a strange moral universe, one where "if I wasn't a real n---a this shit would not bother me but it does" is a boast, where in a recent interview he insisted that his goal is to "disassociate myself from the negative stuff" while dropping the most violent album of his career, rhyming that "Beef is when you die because of your CD/When I come from your blind side before you see me" on his remake of Biggie's "What's Beef," then flipping it up again with samples of a man about to off his girlfriend, and a kid fantasizing about... More >>>
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His beef with Slim Shady gave him some of the same smart-mouthed confusion.