Rather, “Renegade” was originally recorded by Eminem and boy Royce Da 5'9" when they were contemplating collaborating on a project called “Bad Meets Evil” (also the name of a song they’d worked on together from Em’s seminal The Slim Shady LP). Jay-Z supposedly heard an early recording of the track and thought it was so hot that Eminem paid Royce to swallow his pride and let Jay-Z rap over the beat instead
The original line from Em’s verse was “He’s Royce, he’s the king of Detroit”. But now that Jay-Z was on the track, the line didn’t make any sense. I guess out of a desire not to fuck with the verse’s integrity (again, for obvious reasons, ‘cause it really is a work of art whose only equal can be found in Shady’s second verse) Jay decided to simply obscure the line with a strange, Eminem-esque sound effect that plays on Jay-Z’s nickname, Jigga (or, is it the original line played backwards Pink Floyd-style?)
Here’s the original recording featuring Royce Da 5'9"
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