Royce da 5’9”, real name Ryan Montgomery, on the heels of his critically acclaimed album Book of Ryan, sat down for an interview with Rap-up. In the interview, Ryan says the possibility of a new album with Eminem is certainly a possibility.
Collectively, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” are known as Bad Meets Evil. Royce is the bad half; Eminem is the evil one. Even though they first linked up in the late 90s, their first album wasn’t released until 2011. The original album was called Hell: The Sequel. Two singles came from the album: “Fast Lane” and “Lighter.”
“As far as the chance of another Bad Meets Evil album,” Ryan said, as he repeated the question from the interviewer. “The changes are pretty good. I mean, he’s stronger than ever, I’m stronger than ever. It’s just a time thing,” Ryan explained. “It’s just very hard to dictate what the time is going to do.”
Ryan didn’t confirm a Bad Meets Evil album is in the works, but he did everything but deny it.
In addition to doing an album with Eminem, Royce da 5’9” was also featured on the Shady XV cypher back in 2015. Royce is also a member of the hip-hop group, Slaughterhouse, which is signed to Shady Records, an imprint of Interscope.
Royce and Eminem’s first publicized collaboration came on The Slim Shady LP. The two MCs have an excellent track record with each other, often contributing their most complex rhymes in order to out-rap each other on the song.
Their most recent collaboration can be heard on Royce’s newest album Book of Ryan. The song is called “Caterpillar”, and its music video features the two MCs rapping beside each other to hypnotic music. Critics have attributed the name of the song as a reference to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly