Although Royce Da 5’9 has had a successful career, his biggest regret is signing with Tommy Boy Records instead of Dr. Dre.
In 1998, the Detroit rap veteran signed with the now-defunct Tommy Boy Records, who offered him a $1 million budget. On the other side, Dr. Dre was offering him much less… so he chose cash over opportunity.
“I made a decision to sign with Tommy Boy instead of Dr. Dre, back in the day,” Royce explained in an interview with Complex. “Sometimes I don’t really regret it, because by saying that, I’m basically saying that I regret where I’m at today, which couldn’t be further than the truth. But sometimes I wonder what would have happened had I done that. What kind of music would I have been able to make? Because he was offering me a $250,000 budget and unlimited Dre beats. And Tommy Boy was just offering me $1 million.”
While regretting his decision to pass on an offer from Dre, Royce also talks about the best decision he’s ever made — choosing to get sober. To date, he’s been sober for nearly four years now.
“I think the best decision so far was to stop drinking,” he explained. “Was to get sober. That happened September 12, 2012. I like to call it a spiritual awakening. I just woke up one day, and there was — I felt like I was just up. I made the necessary phone calls. I called Marshall and I said ‘Yo, I’m stopping drinking. I’m not drinking no more.’ He was like ‘Dog, that’s the realest thing you’ve ever said to me.’ Come home. I came back to Detroit. He checked me into this hospital where I could be monitored in order to go to sleep for a couple of days. And I haven’t had a drink since.”
Royce is currently prepping the release of a new solo project, entitled Layers.