Black Thought & Royce 5’9 Rap About Writing Their Way To Better Lives (Audio)
Hamilton, as a cultural phenomenon, has already done so much for Hip-Hop by way of social awareness, so it’s no surprise that each time its name comes up, there’s always unadulterated talent attached to it. This time it’s by way of Royce 5’9’, Black Thought and Joyner Lucas.
Just one week after dropping the long-awaited visuals for the powerful “Wrote My Way Out,” from Hamilton: The Mixtape, the track gets a reboot. The original, featuring Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda alongside Nas, Dave East and Aloe Blacc already hits Heads in all the right places, but the remix substitutes the original players with a new powerhouse squad. The newest release is likely a part of the series Miranda promised, called “Hamildrops,” following the Ben Franklin-inspired track by The Decemberists.
Both Royce and Thought are apt collaborators and have worked together to create some well-positioned music in the past. Think “Rap On Steroids” or “Wishin’ II,” or this fan mashup, Nickel For Your Thoughts. Their newest partnership joins the two MCs with Joyner Lucas, and gives the three aggressive, albeit introspective lyricists an opportunity to explain how they wrote their way out.
Royce is poised to have a really good year, promising both his solo project, Book Of Ryan and a sequel to his DJ Premier collaboration, PRhyme 2. Of the latter, this go-round, the album is produced from sounds provided by Philadelphia’s Antman Wonder.
On a slightly related note, Royce producer S1 first shared a photo this week of Royce and J. Cole apparently shooting a video together, as shared by HotNewHipHop.