Royce Da 5’9” Brings Out Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli & More at NY Show [Photo Gallery]
Photos courtesy of Brittany Somerset
Last night (August 9) Royce Da 5’9” held an album release party at the famed lower Manhattan venue, SOB’s, for his new solo album, Success is Certain.
As promised, the night had no shortage of special guest appearances. First Royce brought out his group, Slaughterhouse, minus Crooked I (who was suffering at home in California with a back injury). Brooklyn member, Joell Ortiz received a warm hometown welcome, with the crowd screaming his catchphrase “Yaowa,” as the trio recited cuts from their self-titled album and EP.
Pharoahe Monche and Jean Grae also joined Nickel Nine, with the lyrical threesome performed “Assassins.” That’s not all’ Royce also welcomed Talib Kweli to the stage, who came out to roaring ovation as he performed “Just to Get By”
While Royce delivered with plenty of surprise guests, the tardiness of Nickel and DJ Premier, who backed the Detroit MC on the 1s and 2s, annoyed many in attendance. The anxious crowd grew increasing antsy and hostile awaiting the guest of honor, at one point even booing as the hosts tried to stall. The fans even went so far as to chant, “We want Royce!”
Following openers, Jon Conner and CMR, concert-goers had to wait for about an hour until Royce hit the stage at midnight opening with, “Legendary.”
Eminem’s right hand man continued to perform songs, both new (“Writers Block”) and old (“Hip Hop”), while slugging down a bottle of Patron. He even did an outfit change to show off his pension for alcohol, putting on a t- shirt that read “I’m Drinking.”
Royce’s new disc, Success Is Certain is in stores now. —Mike Hennix