Royce da 5'9"
Royce da 5'9"

Birth name

Ryan Daniel Montgomery


5 July 1977 (age 39)
Detroit, Michigan, United States


Hip hop



Years active



Shady, Interscope, Columbia, E1, Game Recordings, Gracie, M.I.C., One

Associated acts

Bad Meets Evil, DJ Premier, Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Statik Selektah

Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born 5 July 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Although having had a solo career since 1995, he is perhaps best known for his longtime association with Eminem. He has worked extensively with DJ Premier and Carlos "6 July" Broady, and has ghostwritten for the likes of Sean Combs and Dr. Dre. Royce is one half of the duos Bad Meets Evil alongside Eminem and PRhyme alongside DJ Premier, and one quarter of Slaughterhouse.

Royce was given his nickname after he began wearing an R pendant resembling the Rolls Royce symbol to high school. He began rapping when he was eighteen, and signed his first deal three years later with Tommy Boy Records. After the label shut down, he signed a deal with Columbia and began recording the album Rock City. The album was heavily bootlegged, so Royce left the label, moved to Koch, and rereleased the album as Rock City (Version 2.0) in 2002. Two years later, he released his second and most critically successful album to date, Death Is Certain, which charted with the DJ Premier-produced "Hip-Hop". The following year, he released his third album, Independent's Day, but it was met with less acclaim than either of his previous releases. After a four year hiatus of studio albums, Royce returned with his fourth album, Street Hop, in 2009. His latest solo album, Success Is Certain, was released in 2011. His latest project was the DJ Premier-collaboration album PRhyme, released in 2014.


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