I truly feel like several of the unexpected moments that we experience on this planet are inadvertently related to an event that took place in the past. This happens too often whenever I’m listening to my favorite Hip-Hop radio station, Shade45. The reason I say this is because one day on my way to work, I heard a little bit of an interview on Sway in the Morning between Royce da 5″9 and the whole Sway crew. They were mainly discussing his newest album release, The Allegory, and the lyrics and skits that made the project so special. During the time that he spent learning how to make beats and create sounds on a DAW, Royce had the realization that he wanted his album to feel like movie producing executive, Quentin Tarantino, had produced it. It was interesting hearing a very established musician finding ways to continue to master his craft and learn more about the creation of sounds. The whole interaction can be experienced in the video below.
On a completely different work-related journey, I finally heard my first song off the Allegory. It was as if I was picking up where I left off when I stopped listening to the interview to run into work. The name of this track is appropriately called “Thou Shall” and it carries a really sinister beat that catches the listener’s attention right from the start. Royce’s confidence and tough demeanor can be heard from the first line “Thou shalt not fuck with Detroit me.” I really enjoyed the direction that Royce and fellow Michigan rhymestar Kid Vishis took on this one. But the album offers several more tunes that may appeal to your other senses.
The best way to get to know Royce’s style a little more is to listen to the rest of the Allegory. I’m more familiar with Royce’s contribution to his Bad Meets Evil project that was started with Eminem over two decades ago. It was refreshing to find several head boppin’ tunes that I really enjoyed such as “Pendulum“, “On da Block“, “FUBU“, and “Tricked.” (FUBU is SICK).
I was also really shocked by the “Ms. Grace” interlude – it features a really serious conversation between a father and his daughter that I really would never have imagined. It seems that Ms. Grace’s father is preparing her for some really serious situations that she may face in life. “Who’s coming to save you?” to which she replies “Nobody I should save myself.” Her father then asks her “If I die today then what’s your job?” Her response is more than admirable, “To pick up where you left off and take care of my siblings.” What really shocked me was when they were going over the sound that different bullets make at the beginning of the interlude.
Before I wrap up this story, I wanted to show some love to the members of Griselda who each made their imprint on the Allegory. Benny the Butcher, Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine have an infectious flow that every Hip-hop head can appreciate. You can also hear bars by Vince Staples, T.I. KXNG Crooked among several other great artists! Overall, I really enjoyed the Allegory and I’m really glad I stumbled upon the interview. I want to give a special thank you to Royce Da 5’9 and the whole Sway in the Morning crew for bringing such great tunes into my life this year. Heather B, Tracy G, OQ, DJ Wonder, Mike Muse, Sway … May you all continue to prosper forever and a day!
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