Royce Da 5'9 Compares His Version Of "Renegade" To Jay-Z's "It Helped Me Grow"

 

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)

 

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Comment by D*** Nasty on September 12, 2011 at 10:54pm
this s**** on jays version...this just shows j's actual talent.....wow thats a dope track i think cuz im rich and i need some more dope tracks for my album because its lacking im gonna jack it then put my vocals over someone who's were better in the first place....why didnt he just add his verse to the track??? oh ya no one wants to be outspit on their own album....unless ur game and you have no problem admiting it!!!.....
Comment by victor on September 12, 2011 at 4:24pm
slightslander, actually Em bit Royce's flow Dead wrong came out after renegade orginal
Comment by SlightSlander on September 12, 2011 at 3:51pm
1st verse, Royce bit Ems whole flow from Dead Wrong... glad he gave it to Jay. Back in the day Royce stayed on Ems balls. He still average.
Comment by ReRun(The Voice) on September 12, 2011 at 1:45pm
royce words were better then jayzs but jayz voice and flow sounded better with this beat but like i said id have to go bump it in the ride for while
Comment by ReRun(The Voice) on September 12, 2011 at 1:43pm
royces verse was pretty dope idk if it better then jayz the words are ill thou im have play it few more times but either way its dope
Comment by JT aka YoungBo$$ on September 12, 2011 at 1:13pm
Jay's verse is beyond GARBAGE.
Comment by curtis summers on September 12, 2011 at 5:57am
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Comment by AVITY on September 12, 2011 at 4:05am
EM & JAY deserve the throne..2 my side of view i liked em's verse..eminem is a beast in anyone's record..!!
Comment by King Richard Aka Da God Of Rap on September 12, 2011 at 3:42am
who cares bout old s***,no rapper can body sum1 on there "own song" its a collab idiots!!! its nt a competition!!! tho mc's can b competitive wen doing da song,its jus makes da track betta 4 da fans...http://www.youtube.com/user/Darealkingrichard?feature=mhee
Comment by LOS on September 12, 2011 at 3:27am
I love this song and I think Jay did really really well, he rode the beat, spoke on some real sh!t and his rhyme patterns were pretty dope too, but Eminem just slaughtered this track. He had a nicer, smoother flow that just rode the beat perfectly and his rhyme patterns were just brilliant, not to mention his subject matter, he was talking honestly about himself to all of us listeners. Damn, Em's verses are just better than Jay's and Jay was trying too. Nas never said that Jay's verses were wack, all he said was that Em murdered him on it and that, I have to completely agree with him. Eminem showed on that song why he is considered an animal with the pen.

Rakim said it best ......."If EM were black, he would be the Muhammad Ali of Hip Hop"



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