Royce da 5'9
The Revival EP


3.0
good

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
August 6th, 2009 | 15 replies | 6,583 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A teaser worthy of Royce Da 5'9"

Royce Da 5'9" has been going through somewhat of revival. Originally billed as the successor to Eminem his career was stunted by the signing of artists like 50 Cent. Royce severing connections with Dre chose the more lengthy route to success by establishing himself through the underground hip-hop circuit. The title of his latest release a four track EP 'The Revival EP' further embraces the theory that Royce once again feels comfortable in his position in the rap genre. Royce isn't recording the most interesting tracks on this album, but it does help remind listeners he is one of the best lyricist currently working from Detroit, Michigan. The main problem with recording such a short album is every track must retain the quality of the last and where this EP falters is the much anticipated Slaughterhouse track. Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz have all garnered much press for their formation of the group Slaughterhouse but the actual material has left many wondering if the project is going to be a dud. Rather than combining the talents of all four rappers it seems like Slaughterhouse is simply that; four rappers. 'Warriors' might not necessarily be a bad track but following the two tracks in front of it it does come as a disappointment and that isn't technically any of the lyricists faults. Producer STREETRUNNER has created something that sounds like a b-grade '00 RZA beat and for such talented MCs one would assume they'd at least have some imaginative production work. Another fact is that Budden and Ortiz are clearly outmatched against even the aging genius of Crooked I and Royce.

As said before 'Gun Harmonizing' and 'Count for Nothing' both help Royce's listeners conjure up some anticipation for his upcoming release. 'Gun Harmonizing' notable for impromptu scat singing and 'Count for Nothing' dipping into subject matter we haven't heard Royce really touch as eloquently since his opus 'Death is Certain'. 'Street Hop' which one assumes will be on Royce's upcoming record is brilliant punchline after punchline. Although the EP is certainly enjoyable it also echoes the sentiment that Royce doesn't have the best taste in production choices. Hopefully his release later this year reaffirms his place at the top of the Detroit rap hierarchy.



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2009


15035 Comments


who

scyther
August 6th 2009


1606 Comments


Good review, I had no idea Royce was on Aftermath.

pixiesfanyo
August 6th 2009


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he wasn't i don't know why i said that.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 6th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so excited for street hop.

pixiesfanyo
August 6th 2009


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'Part of Me' is pretty fucking cool. I like how laidback he raps over it.

Roach
August 6th 2009


2148 Comments


Really good review. I have never heard any of Royce's stuff although he's always stood out to me as being someone to check out.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 6th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he's probably one of the most technically skilled mcs out there.

willfellmarsy
August 7th 2009


3849 Comments


come on and rock wit me...

HighandDriving
August 7th 2009


3288 Comments


I need to get this, Royce is basically my favourite rapper.

And Slaughterhouse was a dud.

Another fact is that Budden and Ortiz are clearly outmatched against even the aging genius of Crooked I and Royce.


So true.

Hollow
August 7th 2009


263 Comments


I agree with that, Royce is the best in that slaughterhouse group.

JizzInMyPants
August 9th 2009


2371 Comments


i've been meaning to check this guy out ever since I heard him on Emnem's track "when bad meets evil" n e 1 know the best album by this guy?`

pixiesfanyo
August 9th 2009


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Death Is Certain

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 9th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yup solid record. not as earth shattering as he's capable of... which is what i'm expecting out of Street Hop.

bastard
August 12th 2009


3435 Comments


Indepedent's Day was Z-grade garbage, but everything else this guy has done is pretty good, including this.

bears
October 6th 2009


106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i really enjoy "gun harmonizing"

the brrratttts are fantastic, great beat. Solid.



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