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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trouble Records
  • ASIN: B0009NSCVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. I Owe You
3. Ride
4. Wet My Whistle
5. Politics
6. Looking at My Dog
7. Right Back
8. Skit
9. Blow Dat
10. Chips on Pistons
11. Skit
12. F*cK My Brains Out
13. Independent's Day
14. Meeting of the Bosses
15. Skit
16. Paranoia
17. Lay It Down
18. Yeah

Editorial Reviews

New album by Detroit 's MC Royce the 5'9 " on the Independent label MIC records. All guests on the album are independent acts or free agents, including Sara Stokes (MTVs Making the Volume), Cee Lo Green, Yo Gotti, Juan, Big Herk and Kid Vicious . Production predominantly by Carlo Broady and Nottz as well as K.I.D.D. Trouble Records. 2005.

Customer Reviews

This album was even a slept on jewel of myself.
Q. Blunt
It's not a bad album and Royce is still great but I just expected more.
T. Giron-Towers
The album is well put together and shows Royce's lyrical range.
Matthew Angoy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pimplayap1 on July 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For starters i feel this cd is more beat driven than in the past. In this case i don't mind because he still brings his heavy delivery and doesn't let the beat overshadow his lyrical talent.

The intro is boring, it goes with the cd title, but brings nothing to the cd.

I OWE YOU - I could listen to this song several times repeditively and be satified. Lyrics and Beat flow together with perfection. He also speaks about his passion which is felt by the listener. He brings it on this one 5/5.

RIDE - I don't personally like guest apperances in most cases. The chourus is decent, but this whole song feels like it was thrown together; the beat is ify, and guests are average 2/5.

WET MY WHISTLE - this is one of those songs you listen to when your alone you don't drive around bumpin this song, but i think the song is pretty nice. Not the most creative song but everything can't be ground braking. I didn't even realize it was Sara Stokes, she sounds like a veteran R&B artist on this one. I'm not a fan of Da Band, but that never crossed my mind 4/5.

POLITICS - some love it some hate it. I enjoy this one the beat is on the sort of one the rock side but its soft enough to flow with royce's voice on this one. Cee lo is the guest on this one he does a decent job i think he could've brought alittle more and the chourus is average at best, but each verse is what steals the show 3.5/5.

LOOKING AT MY DOG - The chourus doesn't seem all that creative, but i couldn't get it out of my head after one listen. I was reciting the lyrics that same night. I knew i would like this song just from the first few seconds of the beat on this song. Yo Gotti appeares on this one he doesn't do anything special to add to the level of listening ability to this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Winston on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Anyone with an ear to the street in the Detroit Rap Scene surely knows that the crown for best Motor City MC has been bestowed upon Royce for quite some time . . . Eminem, easily the city's most commercially succesful and famous rap artist, even proclaims Royce's municipal MC royalty on the original version of "Renegade", which would later become a track on "The Blueprint" where Jay-Z's lyrics replaced Royce's.
Well, after industry/underground drama with hip-hop heavyweights and discrepancies with various labels, Royce, much like Cuban Link, soon discovered that he would have to go the way of independent labels too do things his way.
That brings us to "Indepedent's Day", Royce's inagural LP on his M.I.C. imprint. Abandoning the super-producers he employed on previous efforts and (sadly) devoid of any instantly-classic Bad & Evil collobarations (with Eminem), this album is strictly indepedent, with a short list of in-house producers and all guest appearances falling under one of the following categories: M.I.C. affiliates, other independent artists and Cee-Lo, from the acclaimed, now defunct Goodie Mobb.

Lyrically, Royce easily outshines all of his guests (although Juan holds his own considerably like he did on "Dope" from the M.I.C.) and keeps spittin flame with the uncanny consistency fans have come to expect from Mr. Montgomery. While this album took the best of both worlds from his two previous commercial LP's, being the hardness from "Death Is Certain" and commercial appeal from "Rock City" without being too monotonal like either, it lacked the adrenaline his outstanding "M.I.C. Mixtape" brought and is lacking any classic tracks, a la "Boom" or classic collabos, a la any Bad & Evil tracks (Nuttin to Do, Rock City, Scary Movies, Renegades). And where is D-Elite?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge Royce da 5 9 fan and this album is really good and worth the money. He sounds different on this album it is not like his old album maybe because he has different guest on here that no body heard of but that does not hurt the album. I like every song on here except the ones where he talks about girls because i get tired of hearing that. Buy this album
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M-Dot on June 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Finally.

Finally, Royce gets in done.

I've been waiting faithfully, since day one, for Royce to put together a CD that doesn't sound like its trying to hard to be a hit (.. ahem...Rocky City)

... or a CD that doesn't have a selection of tracks by producers that don't sound flow well on the CD (.. ahem ...all his other releases). It ruins the vibe when production is all over the place.

He's been in my Top 10 since those early Bad Meets Evil tracks, and every time he dropped an album I brought my fire extinguisher with me expecting my headphones to catch fire... but can you guess how many times I used a fire extinguisher on my headphones? Zip, zero, never, none, nada.

Make no mistake, this CD will not sell 4 million units. It will not put Royce on the "map". It will not make any blips on mainstream radars. But... heads will recognize... and that's real. The Masta Killa album was some street-level-hip-hop-classic isht... but it never splashed. BlackStar was real. The Black Eyed Peas' first album... blah blah blah you get the idea. THIS CD IS DOPE. TOO BAD HIP HOP IS AT A PLACE RIGHT NOW WHERE "INDEPENDENT'S DAY" WILL NOT GET RECOGNIZED.

Imagine how satisfied you were when you listened to Common's "Be" (yes..having Kanye helps..but damn.. "Be" was fresh regardless). The point is - THE ARTIST DELIVERED AND HIS PRODUCERS DIDN'T LET HIM DOWN.

I can still say, "Man, that Canibus CD would be dope if half of those songs didn't have corny hooks." or "Man, that Canibus CD would be fresh the other half of those songs didn't have that weak production."

But I can no longer say, "Hey.. maybe Royce just can't deliver..." cuz now I know he can. Why 4 stars? Because there is no 3.75, and I'm the type to round up.
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