PRhyme, made up of DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9", have announced a new album and a new single, the first since their self-titled debut album dropped back in 2014, per Billboard. Thursday night at midnight, the duo released the first track off the new project, the Dave East-assisted “Era,” along with some fire visuals.
PRhyme 2, the album, is due out March 16. There had been rumors flying around the internet that the highly anticipated project, which has Royce has been teasing since 2015, would be out this March, and it turns out they were correct. The only other piece of information we know is from an October 2017 tweet from Royce which states that “each beat on the PRhyme album makes a guest appearance.”
Each beat on the PRhyme album makes a guest appearance— ROYCE (@Royceda59) October 31, 2017
Back in 2015, Royce fired off a series of tweets that shed some light into the kind of direction he wanted the project to take. He specifically mentioned several artists he wanted to collaborate with on PRhyme 2, including Kendrick Lamar, The Game, and Eminem. So far, the only feature we know of on the album is Dave East.
🚶 I'm not Boutta go @'ng everybody but I think ya'll see where I'm going..— ROYCE (@Royceda59) September 26, 2015
The beginning of “Era” makes a subtle reference to The Bizzie Boyz’s 1990 hit “Droppin’ It” when East raps: “How can you do this when you’re spanking brand new to this?” The track also benefits from DJ Premier’s expertise on the turntable, and Royce's rich lyrics that touch on everything from the national anthem to cryptocurrency.
The upcoming album can be pre-ordered on iTunes now.