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Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born July 5, 1977) is a Detroit MC known by his stage name Royce da 5'9". He is known for his early association with Eminem and subsequent solo career, recording primarily with DJ Premier, Nottz and Carlos "6 July" Broady, as well as writing for the likes of P. Diddy and Dr. Dre. He represents the "bad" in the rap duo Bad Meets Evil, with Eminem representing "evil"


Early Acclaim[]

Ryan Montgomery, born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan in the W. McNichols & Wyoming Ave. area, moved to Oak Park, Michigan when he was 10 years old, later acquiring the nickname "Royce" during highschool after wearing a Turkish link chain with an R pendant resembling the Rolls Royce symbol.

Feud with D12[]

Royce had a falling-out with Eminem's Hip-Hop group D12, including mutual friend and group member Proof; this resulted in a drawn-out, public rivalry between the rapper and five of the six members, with Royce releasing two diss tracks aimed at the group.

Solo work[]

2003 saw Royce link up more fully with Game Recordings, recording several tracks for the soundtrack to that year's hit video game Grand Theft Auto III.

Release From Prison, The Bar Exams 1 & 2[]

After his release in 2007, Royce went on to link up heavily with DJ Premier and Statik Selektah, putting out the mixtape The Bar Exam, an internet release which was critically acclaimed. He also announced an album with Premier; in an interview with Elemental Magazine, Royce stated that, contrary to rumors, Preem would not be producing the entirety of his upcoming album, but will be overseeing the project as Executive Producer, handpicking all of the beats.


Main article: Royce da 5'9" discography