Royce Da 5’9″ ‘tricked’ DJ Premier To Work Fast

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August 16, 2011 | 11:30am EST

Rapper Royce Da 5’9″ had to resort to trickery to secure a beat from legendary producer Dj Premier for his new album – because the hip-hop icon always keeps his clients waiting.
The Lighters star has been collaborating with Premier for years and turned to the beatmaker once again as he worked on his fifth solo release, Success Is Certain.

But instead of calling on the producer at the start of the project, Royce held off until his deadline loomed – so Premier would have no choice but to get working on a track for immediate delivery.

The result was Second Place – and the rapper is planning on using the same cheeky tactic next time around.

Royce tells WENN, “DJ Premier: Mr Late himself. It’s always worth the wait when he finally does something, but everything I’ve ever done with Preem has involved some type of a wait…

“He didn’t make me wait that long (for Success Is Certain). He was actually thorough with this album, but you know what? I tricked him. I reached out to him at the very, very end – the deadline. ‘Yo man, I got this deadline!’ So he went and made something kinda fast.

“I was actually kinda surprised, so I figured out how to get a beat from Preem in a timely fashion! You have to wait until you’re almost finished and then he’s the last song you need to close up the album, or you gonna miss the release date! I’m gonna use it ’til it runs out! Next album I’m gonna do the same thing.”

Royce Da 5’9″ managed to meet his record label deadline and the album was released on schedule last week.