For those who don’t know, Royce Da 5’9″ has been steadily establishing himself as a producer in the game. Having been guided by the likes of DJ Premier and Denaun Porter, Royce has already proven to be a strong beatmaker in his own right, cleverly flipping samples and lacing the entirety of his latest album The Allegory. Since its release, Royce has been steadily building up his repertoire of instrumentals, including a two-pack reserved for himself and his “caucasian counterpart.”
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Now, he’s back with another two-pack, this one inspired by a phone-call with the one and only Jazze Pha. “After our phone convo, I made these 2 @jazzepha,” captions Nickle, alongside a pair of snippets. “Send these or are they too hard? The shit you sent me is ridiculous.” The first is a laid-back and soulful instrumental, reminiscent of early DJ Premier in tonality and vibe. The second strikes a similar chord, with whimsical chime samples calling back to a nostalgic age of innocence.
It’s easy to imagine Royce himself putting in serious work on both of them, and fellow lyricists like Grafh and Sy Ari Da Kid came through to sing his praises. While it’s unclear as to who he’ll be sending these to, artists like Westside Gunn, Conway, and Benny The Butcher would sound right at home over something as smoothly flipped as these two. Big shout out to Nickle Nine for adding another talent to his repertoire — what do you think of his production so far?