Royce Da 5’9″ Goes Off on Faulkner’s New Song “Keep Your Enemies Closer”
Royce Da 5'9" links up with Faulkner, a four member bi-coastal rock band, for "Keep Your Enemies Closer" that also features production by RZA. The record is unlike anything you've heard from Royce, as he supplies his usual fire verse. For the Detroit native, he loves to be out his comfort zone.
"I love pushing the envelope, doing unexpected things. Creativity knows no limits in 2017," Royce said in a recent interview.
If you remember, Faulkner linked up with RZA back in 2014 for "NY Anthem," which is still played at Yankee Stadium today. The collaboration worked so well that the hip-hop legend and rock band had to connect again for another song.
"Keep your enemies closer was inspired from my time on the street and reading Robert Greene’s 48 laws of power. Greene is the Clausewitz of our century,” Faulkner explains. “Royce Da 5’9” brings that Detroit aggression and flow, nobody can touch him past or present. We are honored that he saw something in us and wanted to co-write ‘Keep Your Enemies Closer.’”
Over the last couple of months, Royce has been on fire. His recent string of freestyles kicked off with him spitting over Phresher’s hit single “Wait a Minute” and continued with a freestyle over DJ Khaled’s “I Got the Keys,” “Beats Keep Callin’," which saw him freestyling over Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” and French Montana and Kodak Black’s “Lockjaw,” plus a new freestyle called “Let’s Take Them to War."
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