Royce 5’9″ Blacks Out On A Song About Living Carefree (Audio)
Earlier this year, Royce 5’9″ put some of the best work of his career down on the album Layers. As that self-released project continues to make its due rounds, Nickel Nine shows the world that he’s in stride beyond just his album in 2016.
“Carefree Black Man” is a song made by producer Key Wane. Like Royce, Key is a Detroit, Michigan native who has produced hits such as Beyoncé’s “Partition,” Drake’s “All Me,” and Meek Mill’s “Amen.” This track is a continuation of that polished production, with some chirped-up ’90s R&B vocals underneath. Key raps first, but by the time Royce enters (1:10), the track really ignites. Here, with a stutter-step approach, 5’9 comes with incredible wordplay, deep references (and corresponding explanations), and a high-speed delivery. All of these bars together, reflect what a nice life the Slaughterhouse, PRhyme, and Bad Meets Evil MC has achieved for himself.
Just as he did so well on Layers, Royce balances some bold revelations with pure lyrical style: “I been independent / Since they tried to put me in the penitent’ / And I was innocent” and “I am Tupac to y’all / Y’all just carbon-copies.“