Royce Da 5’9 – The Allegory Review

Royce 5'9 - The Allegory

Released February 21, 2020

Track Listing

  1. Mr. Grace (Intro)
  2. Dope Man feat. Emanny & Cedric The Entertainer
  3. I Don’t Age
  4. Pendulum feat. Ashley Sorrell
  5. I Play Forever feat. Grafh
  6. Ice Cream (Interlude)
  7. On the Block feat. Oswin Benjamin & DJ Premier
  8. Generation Is Broken
  9. Overcomer feat. Westside Gunn
  10. Ms. Grace (Interlude)
  11. Thou Shall feat. Kid Vishis
  12. FUBU feat. Conway the Machine
  13. A Black Man’s Favorite Shoe (Skit)
  14. Upside Down feat. Ashley Sorrell & Benny The Butcher
  15. Perspective (Skit)
  16. Tricked feat. KXNG Crooked
  17. Black People In America
  18. Black Savage feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prince & T.I.
  19. Rhinestone Doo Rag
  20. Young World feat. Vince Staples & G Perico
  21. My People Free feat. Ashley Sorrell
  22. Hero feat. White Gold


It’s been so fun to watch Royce catch a second wind of artistry. 

Looking back, I would pinpoint the 2016 mixtape, Tabernacle: Trust The Shooter as the beginning. Layers and especially Book of Ryan before had Royce being introspective and open and it resulted in great music. But where does one of the best lyricists in hip-hop do when they themselves admit that the last album had everything you need to know about them? In Royce’s case, you start producing.

It’s hard to ignore the body of work here. For someone who works to be as precise in their lyrics, that attention to detail translates to the beats as well. By doing so, the songs have a sharper focus and execution of his ideas, which brings the entire album to another level. Whether he’s rapping about generational responsibility, the variety of ways society has lied and distracted people, or even apologizing to his father, Royce’s production elevates his already high level of writing. 

I’ve had The Allegory in heavy rotation, and I can’t imagine it not making it on my year-end article. It’s been inspiring watch Royce publicly share his growth and I can’t help but think about what’s the next thing Royce will end up doing.

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