Royce da 5’9, whose official name is Ryan Daniel Montgomery, is an American songwriter, record producer, and rapper born on July 5, 1977. He was born and raised in Detroit Wayne County in Michigan. Royce da 5’9 has worked with different artists and released his rap songs. This article provides you with a list of 10 things that you most likely did not know about Royce da 5’9.
10. Origin of his Name
His name originated from an R-shaped Turkish link chain that belonged to Royce. Since the chain resembled the Rolls Royce logo, Royce da 5’9 decided to call himself Royce. The number 5’9 from the second part of his name originated from his height when he was in high school. At 18 years, Royce da 5’9 was 5’9’’ and was one of the shortest players in his high school basketball team. Being among the shortest players in the team, most of the team members started identifying him based on his height. He combined the two names to form his identity in the music industry.
9. Basketball and Boxing are His Favorite Sports
Royce da 5’9 grew up in an athletic family, which promoted his love for basketball. His father was a quarterback and his uncle was a boxer. While basketball was his passion and he played basketball in high school, he also loved boxing more than other sports and still follows sports news on boxing. Once he started writing rap music, he redirected his focus from basketball to rap music.
8. His Brother Influenced his Love for Hip-Hop
Royce 5’9 developed his love for hip-hop through his older brother who loved hip-hop. Listening to the radio and watching hip-hop music on the television also promoted his love for rap music. By the time he was in his late teenage years, he started attending open-mike sessions and eventually established himself in Detroit. His first major appearance was on Bad Meets Evil, which was released in 1999.
7. His Dad and His Uncle were His Biggest Hero Growing Up
When questioned about his childhood in an interview published in “The Undefeated,” Royce da 5’9 stated that his father was his childhood hero. He narrated how he watched his father accomplish great things. He particularly discussed how he watched his father overcome drug addiction and focus on his family. He also stated how his uncle, who was known as Dr Detroit was a pro boxer. Watching his father overcome addiction and his uncle’s success as a boxer motivated him to pursue his dreams at a young age.
6. His wishes he was more visionary when he was younger
While his music career has been successful, Royce da 5’9 stated in an interview conducted by “Itsthereal” that he wishes he was more visionary when he was younger. While recalling the support that he received during the early stages of his career, he stated that he wishes that his thought and perception of things were not so shortsighted back when he was starting his career.
5. Dr Dre’s The Message was based on a Real-Life Experience
In an interview by Complex Networks, an American media and entertainment company, Royce da 5’9 stated that he wrote the song “The Message,” which was sung by Dr Dre based on a real-life experience. In the interview, he narrated how a friend of his was standing at a corner with some people and someone approached them and shot him in the neck. Everything he described in the song was based on his experience of that shooting. Since social injustice towards African Americans was quite common even then, Royce da 5’9 felt that people were going to relate to the message in the song.
4. He met his wife in his High School Spanish Class
Royce da 5’9 was in the same High School Spanish class with his wife. They started dating and by the time he started getting into rap music, he saved up and bought her an engagement ring. In an interview published in Pitchfork, Royce da 5’9 narrated how he met his wife and how after their engagement they got married at a courthouse. In the interview he also talked about how alcoholism and infidelity nearly ruined his relationship with his wife.
3. He Loves Reading
Royce da 5’9 lives to read and prefers doing research online on recent events as opposed to watching TV. He loves to stay aware of the things that are going on in the music industry and his society. His love for reading and staying informed about emerging issues in both the music industry and contemporary society keeps him updated about the changes happening in the music industry.
2. He Looks at Music like Art
Royce da 5’9 does not look at music as a way of making money or creating content that would please people, but rather as art. According to an article published in the Vibe magazine, Royce described the music he creates as paintings on a canvas and the process of developing music as putting paint on a canvas and hanging it up on a wall for people to see. He stated that like a painting, people are welcomed to come and look at his music but if they are not interested in it, that is also fine with him.
1. His First Concern was when he was Opening for Usher
In the interview with the “Undefeated,” when asked about his participation in concerns and the first concern that he went to, Royce da 5’9 stated that growing up he had never gone to a concert. He also stated that kids from his generation did not go to concerts, which was why his first concert was when he was opening up the stage for Usher. His experience differs from those of the millennial and generation Z children, who have been raised at a time when going to concerns is the norm.
Royce da 5’9 is a songwriter and rapper, whose music has evolved over the years. His life experiences as a son, a husband, and a musician has shaped the man he is today. His success over the years can be attributed to his commitment and dedication to the music industry.