Royce 5’9″ has announced a new album is on the way entitled The Allegory, sharing a new single and music video in the process featuring Westside Gunn. “Overcomer” (directed by Cricket) showcases the rise of a young rapper involving himself in gang life before appearing in court with face-tattoos and rainbow hair, snitching on those he once called his companions. According to a press release, “the powerful and artful track questions the decisions we make in life and the repercussions that follow.”
The video obviously alludes to rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, however, the first verse from Royce directly calls out his own Shady Records companion Yelawolf. Royce states: “Yelawolf this is your first and your last pass/I ain’t gon’ put it on blast, your punk ass know what this about/You think it’s ’bout being loud or tryna be hostile.”
The rapper touched on this very track on a recent episode of Joe Budden‘s podcast, stating: He gonna know why, for sure,” before alluding to a racist incident. “I mean, It’s a situation going on, especially in hip-hop, OK: We have all kinds of different people, but we have a type of person in particular. We have white people, white people who come into the business and they use the culture—which we got a very open culture, it’s here for everybody to thrive.”
Royce went on to say:
“We got some white people that come in and use that, and then go and do very evil things behind closed doors—very evil, racist things behind closed doors. They make comments and stuff like that. And I just got to a point in life where if I see it or if hear about it or if I’m involved in it in any type of way … I have to start holding these people accountable. Because if you don’t, the cycle just continues.”
Although the verse from both Royce and Westside pack heavy impact, they’re conduct like a ballad behind the percussion-less verses and bombastic drums during the chorus.
Check out the video above, and be on the lookout for the 22-track project The Allegory when it arrives February 21, 2020.