Royce da 5’9″ isn’t one to shy away from telling a personal tale in his music, but the Detroit native upped the ante on his latest offering, “Tabernacle.”
The deeply autobiographical track, which will be included on his Layers album, due next month, spends much of its time focusing on one day in particular.
“This is a story that I’ve been waiting to tell my whole career and I was just waiting on the right time to tell it,” Royce told Genius. “This is a story about December 29th: The day that I met Eminem, the day that my grandma died and the day that my son was born. It all happened on the same day. It was a turn of events day.”
The track is a true testament to the veteran MC’s knack for vivid storytelling, as you hang on each bar to hear where Royce and his story will go next.
Layers, which will be his first solo offering in since 2011’s Success Is Certain, drops on April 15.
“My career is a true testament that everything is possible with hard work, dedication and determination,” he told Complex. “Layers is 100 percent Royce 5’9”. I love rapping and creating music with Marshall, Slaughterhouse, and Premier because they all inspire me creatively in different ways. I haven’t released a solo album in five years and I’ve been through a lot with my sobriety and different situations; and now its time for me to tell my story. Layers is the beginning chapters of me telling my story.”