Royce Da 5'9" is one of Eminem's closest collaborators, producing two of the tracks off his January 2020 album, Music To Be Murdered By.
He produced both You Gon' Learn and lead single Darkness off the album, but their relationship isn't always smooth sailing. After all, you can never quite predict what mood Em will be in when he's in the studio.
The pair have always worked closely, previously collaborating under the Bad Meets Evil name, and rap fans are always waiting for more music from the pair.
For now, though, the duo have been busy working on Eminem's solo music, and Royce recently told HotNewHipHop that they have a dynamic that's always surprising.
Royce says, "It's always a new dynamic, because you never know what he's gonna be on. It all depends on what headspace he’s in, you know? You can do so many things and like, whatever he chooses to do, he's going to be great at it. He's going to strive to put his best foot forward.
"The competition level of just what you have to put into it in order to be able to coexist from a competitive perspective is distressing. I mean, that's pretty much what my experience is like whenever I'm working with him. I'm a new producer, so having to-- producing his first single is stressful, because, like, it's on the same album as a Dr. Dre beat.
"So it's just a level of stress that's fun. And I'm up for that challenge. But it's definitely on a different mind frame. And then like, with those beasts that I gave him for that album, that was my first time working with somebody where when I come around, I have to find out where I fit, and occupy that space, and not go past that. You know? Because that's his ship.
"I'm just here to help. So I'm just here to do my part. Actually, I didn't even get summoned here to help. I'm just here as a friend. And I'm playing him stuff, and he's liking it. So like, now I got to just adapt to that."
The chat is a great insight into the mind of Eminem, as well as where he's currently at. His last two albums, Music To Be Murdered By, and Music To Be Murdered By: Side B seeing Em return to form - and Royce is definitely a big part of that.