After “Wait a Minute” and “I Got The Keys,” Royce Da 5’9″ drops six minutes long freestyle called “Beats Keep Callin,'” taking on both the Metro Boomin-produced cultural phenom that is Migos’s “Bad and Boujee” and Ben Billions’s beat for French Montana and Kodak Black’s “Lockjaw,” Nickel Nine delivers kind of bars that make him one of the most gifted MCs to ever rock a mic.
“While you throw salt, I’m ya baby momma and them’s new Salt Bae,” he rhymes on “Beats Keep Calling,” not only delivering a cleverly constructed quip but one that proves he’s got his finger on the pulse of viral online culture (elsewhere he mentions Orlando Brown). Royce’s ability to remain not only relevant but hugely successful this late in his career is a piece of his playbook that younger MCs should take note of. After all, the Detroit rappers’s sixth studio album, Layers, sold more copies than any other in his career, and was his first to debut at number one on the Hip-Hop Albums chart.
He addresses his impressive yet subdued career, rapping:
“Nigga, I’m Pusha T, doin’ quiet numbers/gettin’ silent money, I retire from it/I don’t dress loud, I throw the flyness on/I let the label talk, I let Desiigner mumble.”
Also touched on is Donald Trump, namely his poorly attended inauguration:
“Like Donald Trump, throwin’ money/hittin’ everybody and they auntie up/tryin’ to find someone to come and perform for me/before I fuck the whole entire country up.”
However, the freestyle’s central theme is Royce’s desire to prove he’s far superior than whatever new crop of Rap talent is being pushed by the industry, so his decision to spit over a Metro Boomin’ is done with purpose:
“When you niggas gon’ admit it? That I’m better than the young’ns, better than the legends?”.