Royce 5’9″ & Black Thought Deliver Rap On Steroids On Royce’s New Free EP (Audio)

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Royce 5’9″ has been on a tear in 2016. Just over a month ago, he announced the release of Layers, his first solo album in nearly 5 years, on April 15. Since then he has dropped a slew of blistering freestyles, songs and videos. Keeping his foot on the gas, he has just delivered a new Free EP, titled Tabernacle: Trust The Shooter.

While Layers promises to delve deeply into the many facets that comprise Ryan Montgomery, the man, as evidenced by lead single, “Tabernacle,” Tabernacle: Trust The Shooter is a reminder of the skill and precision of Royce, the MC. His song “Which Is Cool,” is a verbal slap down of new school MCs who don’t properly respect the craft, and “Dead President Heads” is an all-out lyrical assault. The free EP also contains guest verses from Styles P and Smoke DZA, as well as production from Nottz, Mr. Porter, Araabmuzik and DJ Premier on “Black History,” a snippet from an unreleased PRhyme song.

Perhaps the most anticipated track on the EP is the Jahlil Beats-produced “Rap On Steroids,” Royce’s third collaboration with Black Thought. As two of the most competitive wordsmiths in Rap, Royce and Thought bring out the best in one another. On Statik Selektah’s “The Imperial,” Black Thought architected one of his strongest verses in years. Even Royce took note a year later on Statik’s “Crystal Clear,” stating jokingly regarding Statik Selektah “tell him last time Black Thought killed me, man.” Round 2 of their heavyweight lyrical bout came courtesy of PRhyme’s “Wishin 2.” Royce came prepared with all new bars and kept rhyming even as the record faded out. “Rap On Steroids” finds the two word warriors on a Jahlil Beats banger throwing more body blows…and, this is just the mixtape leading up to the album.

You can stream and download Tabernacle: Trust The Shooter below and pre-order Layers here.

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Related: Watch “The Most Significant Day Of Royce 5’9″‘s Life” In His “Tabernacle” Video