Grammy-nominated rapper Royce Da 5’9” shared a story via his Instagram about how he took his first drink with producer Dr.Dre.
That decision later turned into an addiction that he was able to address and share through his sobriety. He also dropped a few jewels about judgement, therapy and rappers being ‘hired to kill ourselves’. The Detroit rapper also expressed disdain for fans questioning hip hop moguls Diddy and Jay-Z and Black Rob and DMX’s addiction.
“When we become artists, hip hop artists, I’m talking about Black culture, make rappers, say other rappers names in a competitive spirit, we used to be worried about beef on track spilling over off to the streets, Now we are worried about street beef spilling over to tracks because that escalates everything. So, I came to the conclusion that we’ve been hired to kill ourselves. We’ve come from all these different places of judgement, we eat all the wrong food, we go to the funerals of people who died a little bit sooner than us,” he continued. “We pass judgement. We say, ‘Yo, y’all weren’t there. Y’all weren’t there for him. So he made a choice. He had to choose to become an addict.’ Everybody talking like that about DMX, you don’t know shit about addiction. ‘Where the fuck is Puff? Why he hadn’t help Black Rob? Wassup with JAY-Z? Did he buy the masters?’
“Y’all don’t know shit about Puff, you don’t know shit about JAY-Z, you don’t know shit about the record business,” he went on.”We go to the funeral, we eat the same food as we eat in the past and put the motherfucker in the casket,” he said. “To grieve, to process, and to get ourselves to that process we do the same drugs, we drink the same liquor, the same syrup, we pop the same pills. All the same shit that we do in the studio because we told ourselves that’s what we need to create. And we wanna make it so bad that we’re willing to leave it all in the ring. We’re willing to leave it all on the floor, put it all on the line.”
Then he addressed the young rappers in hip hop. “You’re looking at your future. If you’re doing all the same — illicit drugs and drinking, and all of that shit — you’re looking at your future,” he continued. “If you’re online talking about what you gonna do to a nigga when you see him, you’re looking at your future. That’s imminent death, my nigga. We ain’t here for nothing but [to] make music, we are not here for all this extra shit. So, get off Clubhouse for a minute and just do some reflecting. And think about people that you love.”
Royce has always been the artist that shared his ups, downs, growth and knowledge with the world, one of our true kings!
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