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Dove: Six albums deep on the solo tip, Royce's introspective side clearly shines through on Layers, XXL

Detroit, MI - April 27, 2016 - Bad Half Entertainment is pleased to announce that ROYCE 5'9's LAYERS debuts as Billboard's #1 "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" in the country. The album also debuted in the Top 10 of three additional charts including Billboard's "Rap Albums" chart (#2), "Independent Albums" chart (#4), and the Digital Albums chart (#10).

While celebrating the success of Layers, Royce 5'9" embarks on his Layers North American Tour which kicks off in Vancouver, BC on April 28, 2016 at Alexanders and ends in the US in Seattle, WA on June 29, 2016 at Crocodile.

Released April 15, LAYERS marks a turning point in Royce's career. Not only is the 17-track project the first to be released via his Bad Half Entertainment imprint but is his first solo album in nearly six years. Layers is Bad Half's first release through their worldwide Label Services deal with INgrooves Music Group.

"Layers is 100 percent Royce 5'9", he told Complex prior to dropping the album. "I love rapping and creating music with Marshall, Slaughterhouse, and Premier because they all inspire me creatively in different ways but I haven't released a solo album in five years and Layers is the beginning of new chapters in my life now."

Using his signature irreverence to tackle topics both personal and worldly - with songs ranging from autobiographical to anecdotal to political - Royce fearlessly opens himself up to fans and critics alike. And while this may be his most vulnerable release, it doesn't stop Royce from claiming his position in the Rap pantheon while thumbing his nose at doubters on songs like "Pray", which LAYERS collaborator Pusha T tweeted is one of his favorites. Even Pusha's appearance on the project alongside Rick Ross on the title track is a sign of Royce's dedication to
stretching his creative muscle.

His efforts are paying off: critics are praising the autobiographical album, with Vibe calling the album, "One explosive Hip-Hop project"; XXL gives Layers an XL rating and states "Six albums deep on the solo tip, Royce's introspective side clearly shines through on Layers"; while DJ Booth says the album is "theatrical, daring and adventurous."


Apr 28 - Vancouver, BC - Alexanders
Apr 29 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
Apr 30 - Nanaimo, BC - Queens
May 01 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire
May 04 - Nelson, BC - Spirit Bar
May 05 - Calgary, AB - Dickens
May 06 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
May 08 - Winnipeg, MB - Nectar
May 12 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
May 13 - Kingston, ON - Overtime
May 14 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
May 15 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight Social
May 16 - London, ON - Grinning Gator
May 17 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
May 19 - Halifax, NS - Toothy Moose
May 20 - Fredericton, NB - Khrome
May 21 - St. John's, NFLD - Rock House
May 22 - Sydney, NS - Allure
Jun 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache
Jun 03 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
Jun 04 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
Jun 06 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews
Jun 08 - Boston, MA - Middle East
Jun 09 - Philly, PA - Underground Arts
Jun 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby All Right
Jun 12 - Washington, DC - U Street
Jun 14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Jun 16 - Austin, TX - Parish
Jun 17 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
Jun 18 - Houston, TX - WHL Studio
Jun 20 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
Jun 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Pub Rock
Jun 23 - O.C., CA - Constellation Room
Jun 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
Jun 25 - Oakland, CA - Venue
Jun 26 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
Jun 28 - Portland, OR - Analog
Jun 29 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile


About Royce 5'9"

As 1/2 of Bad Meets Evil, 1/4 of Slaughterhouse and 1/2 of PRhyme, Royce 5'9 has contributed to some of the best platinum-selling Hip-Hop albums of the last 15 years; that's before Nickel 9's extensive solo catalog is even mentioned. Since 2002, Nickel Nine has released five celebrated solo albums. Each with a different tone and representation of Royce's life and artistry, these works have stood the test of time on wax, CD and digitally. Meanwhile, he constantly engaged the masses through mixtapes and standout features.

At a time when boutique and couture culture dominates commerce, Royce 5'9 produces tailored lyrics with brutally honest texture. Layers delves into the mind, creativity, and tireless prowess of one of Hip-Hop's most captivating voices and compelling journeys.

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Audio: Project Pat f/ Bo Staxx - "Knock Knock" (@ProjectPatHCP @Bo_Staxx)

Audio: Project Pat f/ Bo Staxx - "Knock Knock"

Fionda: Project Pat just signed Bo Staxx out of Fort Worth, TX and releases the single "Knock Knock" which is a hard hitting street tale. Pat is busy working on "Cheez N Dope 4" as well as "Pistol and a Scale 2", and Bo Staxx is working on "Icepiece" which will be hosted by DJ Holiday.

Audio: E.J Warwick "Sweetest Kiss" (@CertifiedOffic @DMVLIFE1)

Audio: E.J Warwick - "Sweetest Kiss"

DMV: Straight out of Baltimore, E.J Warwick (@CertifiedOffic) just dropped a new track on us, "Sweetest Kiss". The track has been receiving a great response since its premiere on He lays down smooth lyrics over a dope sample of Lauryn Hill's "Sweetest Thing" and the results are undeniable.

Audio: @RDFOsborne @PiersJames - "Show No Love" (@2SPR)

Audio: Richard Osborne f/ Piers James - "Show No Love"

2SPR: Singer-songwriter Richard Osborne delivers the brand new "Show No Love", featuring and produced by London rapper Piers James. Ipswich based Osborne is gearing up to release a new EP, set for release this summer.

Audio: Thirstin Howl III - "The Polorican"

Audio: Thirstin Howl III - "The Polorican"

When I die, bury me with the Lo on.
Official to the death, all eternity and so on.
And so on, and so on, and so on, and so on...

.@HavocMobbDeep @Alchemist @MethodMan - "Buck 50's & Bullet Wounds"

Havoc & Alchemist f/ Method Man - "Buck 50's & Bullet Wounds"

Matt: It has been said that real gangsters move in silence. In the case of Havoc (of Mobb Deep) and legendary producer The Alchemist, the duo chose to let their music speak for themselves. On the newly announced collaborative album, The Silent Partner, Havoc serves as the smooth-talking, gangster mouthpiece to the Alchemist's gritty, one-of-a-kind instrumental backdrops.

Video: @YoungFreq - "Self Made" (@FlyLikeDove)

Video: Young Freq - "Self Made"

Dove: Today Young Freq takes us on a ride through his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas as he speaks on life, family values and more in "Self Made". The visual was directed by Hak the RumbleJock and the track was produced by Gunz and Motef for Freq's recent Road To Perfection 2 project.

Video: J Dilla f/ @Nas - "The Sickness" (prod. @Madlib) @Biz3

Video: J Dilla f/ Nas - "The Sickness" (prod. Madlib)

Biz3: PayJay and Mass Appeal Records have just shared a video for J. Dilla's "The Sickness," which features Dilla and Nas spitting bars over a head-nodding Madlib beat. Directed by Ruffmercy, the video arrives just after the release of The Diary, originally intended to be released in 2002 as the legendary producer's proper solo debut as an MC (rapping over beats from the likes of Nottz, Hi-Tek, Karriem Riggins, and more) the album was shelved by parent label MCA and was the stuff of legend up until now.

Audio: @Knockout617 @Millyz - "Dirty Money"

Audio: Knockout f/ Millyz - "Dirty Money"

Matt: MA lyricist Knockout, staying true to his name, just released a heavy-hitting new single featuring Boston's own, Millyz. "Dirty Money", off Knockout's upcoming EP, "Apartment 7" was produced by Mike Hector, mixed and engineered by Lightfoot Beats and mastered by The Arcitype. That's one hell of a lineup.

Video: @BryanDFord @PugsAtomz - "Me and My Girl" (@BallinPR)

Video: Bryan Ford f/ Pugs Atomz - "Me and My Girl"

Ballin: Chicago producer Bryan Ford and Chicago hip-hop artists Pugs Atomz and Awdazcate are excited to release the second video, 'Me and My Girl,' off the forthcoming LP, For the Future of Hip-Hop.

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