Exclusive in-depth interview with DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″. In part 2, Nick Huff Barili sits down with both artists to talk about the current state of hip hop. “I don’t see as much of a balance as I would like to see” states Royce. “You always got your programmed artists and there is nothing against that cause I was at one point programmed. You get in a position, you don’t want to let people down. You start making records and you start making decisions for the wrong reasons. Its almost like desperate, a desperate thing. Or you get to a point where you start feeling like I got to do this because I have to make this amount of money. And what artists don’t realize is that shit is a distraction. If you are thinking about anything other than making good music, you being distracted.” Royce elaborates saying “I never want to be one of those people that sits around and complain about the state of Hip Hop and not be doing something to help change it. And really all we need is balance…I have a 16 year old son I would like for him to hear everything. I would like for him to get a fair shot at being an evolve listener. Instead of being programmed to hear one thing.” DJ Premier adds to the conversation by stating “I don’t like when the older artists from my age or older than me are like that’s them young dudes, fuck all this shit. But yeah you should still do the research on what’s happening with them so that you know what is going on in the culture.” Watch the video for the full conversation including more on the current state of Hip Hop, Premier talking about the greatest challenge in working on PRhyme album, Royce talking about why Eminem is not one of the collaborations on the album and much more.
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