Royce Da 5’9 has returned with a new self-produced single called “Field Negro.” Over a subdued, jazz-infused beat, the Slaughterhouse vet tackles race in America and shines a spotlight on the plight black people face every day.
In the third verse, Royce throws a playful jab at Kanye West and Wale with, “I did it my way/Without all the complaining and all the whining all day like Kanye and Wale” and in the same breath, reminds Tory Lanez he’s not here for his “cheddar.”
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Par for the course, Nickel Nine puts his lyrical dexterity on display for nearly six-minutes while touching on the Colin Kaepernick controversy and the Super Bowl LIII halftime show debate.
“This is what happens when your favorite artist never get challenged/Your favorite felon from the NFL has been silenced/My dad said, ‘Under no circumstance should a man considered a legend have nothing left on his death bed’/And any black man not willin’ to stand up for his rights/Should lose the use of his left and right hand,” he spits.
There’s so much to unpack, it will take a handful of listens to really grasp the impact of Royce’s words.
Listen to “Field Negro” above — on repeat.