ROYCE 5'9 LAYERS DEBUTS AS #1 TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY
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."
LAYERS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
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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