January 03, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Since debuting in 1999 on Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP, this talented Motor City madman has had the rap world salivating for an album. The wait has been worth it, as Royce rolls with polished precision throughout this lively 15-cut set. Whether teaming with Mathers (”Rock City”) or producers the Neptunes (”Off Parole” and ”Mr. Baller”), or delivering a sly salute to his privates (”My Friend”), the 5′ 9”-er proves his gift is gab.

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