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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
For an artist with only one full-length to his name and no substantial commercial success to date, Royce da 5'9" went through a lot of rap-star drama, enough to fill his second, Death Is Certain, to the brink with his thoughtful reflections. It's a very personal album, shadowed heavily by his much-publicized beef with the Shady Records camp. If you don't know the story, here it is in brief: once billed as the next big thing from Detroit, following Eminem's breakthrough, Royce went from someone to no one as his big label deal with Columbia fell through, followed by an ugly war with Eminem and company that culminated in July 2003 with a street fight that got both him and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
For an artist with only one full-length to his name and no substantial commercial success to date, Royce da 5'9" went through a lot of rap-star drama, enough to fill his second, Death Is Certain, to the brink with his thoughtful reflections. It's a very personal album, shadowed heavily by his much-publicized beef with the Shady Records camp. If you don't know the story, here it is in brief: once billed as the next big thing from Detroit, following Eminem's breakthrough, Royce went from someone to no one as his big label deal with Columbia fell through, followed by an ugly war with Eminem and company that culminated in July 2003 with a street fight that got both him and D12 member Proof arrested and booked with concealed weapons charges. Royce thankfully has moved on and put aside his beef, for the most part at least. There's not a pointed dis to be found here sans a few subversive ones about someone whose "wife is sniffin'", just a lot of well-produced tracks with a refreshingly optimistic outlook. In fact, Royce sounds a lot like Cormega circa The True Meaning 2002 -- a talented, once-hyped rapper looking to get his career back on track after a fruitless war that had unfortunately sidetracked him and left him empty-handed. Like The True Meaning, Death Is Certain is a solid, lucid album chock-full of personal insight and forward-looking. As such, it's cathartic -- Royce has a lot of frustration to vent, and he does so at length here, reestablishing his once-lauded credentials in the process: "Beef" and "Bomb 1st" are seemingly conclusive epilogues to his war with Shady "I'm against all this name-calling sh*t", "I Promise" and "T.O.D.A.Y" are humble musings of self-awareness "Am I a young MC or a one-hit wonder?", and "Throw Back" and "Hip Hop" are mission statements of integrity the latter another on-point DJ Premier production. There's nothing lighthearted about this album -- it's dead serious from beginning to end, accentuated all the more by Carlos "6 July" Broady's chilly throwback beats, which grace roughly half the album. In the end, Death Is Certain is certainly an underground album for the heads, one that's intended to clear the smoke and set the stage for the big comeback.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923950028
  • Catalog Number: 9500
  • Sales rank: 160,891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - Royce Da Five Nine (0:12)
  2. 2 Regardless - Royce Da Five Nine (3:01)
  3. 3 Throw Back - Royce Da Five Nine (4:16)
  4. 4 What I Know - Royce Da Five Nine (2:49)
  5. 5 I Promise - Royce Da Five Nine (3:54)
  6. 6 Call Me Never! - Royce Da Five Nine (1:59)
  7. 7 Hip Hop - Royce Da Five Nine (3:47)
  8. 8 Gangsta - Cutty Mack (4:42)
  9. 9 T.O.D.A.Y - Ingrid Smalls (3:55)
  10. 10 I & Me - Royce Da Five Nine (3:28)
  11. 11 Beef - Royce Da Five Nine (4:19)
  12. 12 Bomb 1st - Royce Da Five Nine (2:59)
  13. 13 Everybody Goes - Royce Da Five Nine (3:05)
  14. 14 Death Is Certain, Pt. 2 (It Hurt's) - Royce Da Five Nine (4:12)
  15. 15 Something's Wrong With Him - 6 July (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Royce Da Five Nine Primary Artist
DJ Premier scratching
Cha Cha Vocals
Chuck Alkazian Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Cutty Mack Track Performer
Ingrid Smalls Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Binder Engineer
DJ Premier Producer
Tyrone Fyffe Composer
Carlos "6 July" Broady Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Rob Tewlow Composer, Producer
I.V. Duncan Engineer
Tyrone Fyfee Producer
Asar Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
C.F. Martin Composer
Jeff Gilligan Art Direction
Chuck Alkazian Engineer
Mark Bassin Composer, Producer
Kino Childrey Executive Producer
Ryan Montgomery Composer, Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Album

    This is a good album. People dont know a lot about rap when they issue ratings. This is a creative album. Who cares about if he used lines from Biggie and Tupac. That's nothing new. Everyone in rap has done that. Overall this a quality album and Eminem is stupid for beefing wit Royce. He's better than anyone in D-12.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inconsistencies

    This album was extremely inconsistent. Royce talked about being original and how rappers copy cat but he stole lines straight from Biggie and Tupac's mouth. Then he talked about how he'd rather be feared instead of respected, but complains about people who don't like him. Then he said his wife would rather hear the new Joe Budden cd but "f*** a party"...huh? Joe Budden's cd talked about how this man was on drugs, how he felt about his father, and...the cd was just as dark. It's like the man didn't do his research before he decided to cut an album. But, like a lyricist from Chicago, Shockwave, told me...his lyrical skill is very impressive. I enjoyed the beats, when he made sense I enjoyed his wordplay, and it was a pretty good album. But he needs to listen more before he criticizes.

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