Billboard sat down with PRhyme to discuss how they selected Antman Wonder, ageism in hip-hop, how some of these songs came together, and who might be involved in PRhyme 3. They also talked about having Eminem on the project:
Billboard: Royce, back in 2015 you aimed some tweets about PRhyme 2 at Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and The Game. How close were you to getting any of them on this album?
Royce: That was just wishful thinking. That was kind of putting feelers out there to see how excited people were about the idea us doing another PRhyme album. I don’t think we reached out to any of those guys. I would have loved to have Em on PRhyme — that’s something that the fans have really, really wanted — but we never came across one that we felt like, “Yeah, let’s send this to him.” I’ve been trying to work with Game and Kendrick for a minute, man. Just trying to come up with the right shit that we feel fits.
Billboard: How did 2 Chainz end up on this song?
DJ Premier: Before we even knew that 2 Chainz was gonna be the choice, Royce had already done the song by himself. When I heard the lyrics I was like, “Damn, that shit is dope.” Even when he did the “Bitch please miss me, I’m paid as hell/ I got the game locked, arcades in jail.” That reminds me of Too Short back in the late ‘80s.
It was almost six months later before I went to Detroit to finish the album. One day we were like, “Who are we gonna get to follow up on your verse that could really nail it?” We started kicking names around. And then Royce’s brother said, “What about 2 Chainz?” I approved immediately, because we knew 2 Chainz would totally know what to do with a song like this. I called him, explained the concept and he’s like “Man, you know that’s up my alley.”
When he sent it back, I was just so open to his verse, because it totally connects with what Royce said. And I thought it was gonna be 16 [bars], he took it past that. I’ve always been a fan of 2 Chainz since Playaz Circle, and I was confident that he was gonna write a dope rhyme. And he did.
Read full interview on Billboard here.