"I'm Defending Lyricists": Royce Da 5'9" Calls Out Lord Jamar Over Eminem Criticism
While calling out Lord Jamar, Royce also offered his thoughts on Jay-Z’s NFL deal.
The almost 10-minute video finds Royce not only criticizing Jamar for his comments but defending Eminem too.
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“Lord Jamar, you a legend in the game…You running up these views ’cause you got so much controversial shit to say about this one f**king person,” Royce said. “He walks away with the check and you walk away with, craving attention…I don’t like seeing you in that space, brother. Talking about Em’, like, ‘real ni**as don’t listen his music and all that.’ First of all, you’re not the measuring stick for who’s real or who’s cool.”
“Please tell me one line you have said in your career that qualifies you to critique a top tier lyricist?” he continued. “I don’t give a fuck if you don’t like his music, the motherf**ker is in everybody top five. You don’t get there just by being a white rapper.”
He then commented on how people might interpret his praise of Eminem as being biased but argued that he’s “defending lyricists.”
Elsewhere in the video, he also talked about Jay-Z‘s recent partnership with the NFL.
“Ni**as siting around talking about Jay-Z and what he said to Jermaine Dupri. That don’t got nothing to do with nothing […] What steps are we going to take…,” Royce said. “I stand with Kaep and I stand with HOV. I always stand with HOV. He’s never made a decision that I’ve seen that where he gave me any type of reason to question his motive. I don’t have nothing against him wanting to get more billions and claim ownership. There’s nothing wrong with that. What y’all don’t realize is HOV and Dre shouldn’t be the only billionaires in hip-hop. You know how many billionaires we should have? Nipsey Hussle should have been a billionaire. We generate all the f**king money. Being a billionaire shouldn’t be unicorn status. That s**t should be the norm. We generate the money…We just all the way pushed outside of the business.”
Royce’s video comes after remarks Jamar made on Vlad TV about Eminem following the rapper’s release of Kamikaze. The album featured the song “Fall,” which Eminem called out Jamar on.
“I wanted this to happen. Because… See, I’m a chess player, okay? If he didn’t respond, I win. And if he responds, I win,” he said. Either way, I win, okay? Because you are now doing what the fuck I wanted you to do. I have made you modify your behavior. I got into your psyche. You sat there and had to fucking sit down and try to think of some shit to respond to Lord Jamar’s jabs that you know you could not escape. It was just inescapable.”
Watch Royce’s video above.