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A lot of you probably already know the song "Renegade" from Jay-Z's album 'The Blueprint' was originally recorded by Royce Da 5'9 and Eminem.
Eminem eventually offered the song to Jay-Z, and it ended up becoming a classic Hov and Slim collaboration.
On the 10th anniversary of 'The Blueprint's' release Royce looks back with Vibe at a song he says changed his career for the better.
“Renegade” started out as a song me and Eminem were doing for my Rock City album. We thought the track was crazy. Em asked if I was cool with giving [Jay] that one, and I said, "Hell yeah!" I'm glad, because a classic record came of it.
When I heard Em and Jay's version, I was like, “Yo, this s*** is going to be one of those ones.” It was incredible. Whenever I listen to something, I try to soak up as much game as I can and use it for inspiration. [Jay-Z’s version] actually taught me about my writing style and how to bring records home better. We weren’t in the same lane, but Jay took it where I should’ve taken it. It helped me grow.
But I don't know if it was a competition [between Eminem and Jay-Z], per se. I'm sure when Jay got Em's vocals, it pushed him to do what he did—we’re talking about two of the greats on one song. Eminem was making classic music, but to finally collaborate with the other guy putting up numbers, Detroit saw that Em was respected by his peers. It was a great look for Detroit. And a smart move by Jay to fuse what's great in hip-hop. I'm glad that song was on that album, because I knew people were going to be talking about it years later. I feel I helped with something so great, even though I played the smallest part.
Jay-Z ft Eminem - Renegades
Eminem & Royce Da 5'9 - Renegades (Original Version)