Given his attention-grabbing flow and usually super-creative punch lines, Royce Da 5’9″ has the ability to keep you entertained even on the most dull or cringe-worthy production. But that doesn’t mean he can just start rapping over Guns N’ Roses-biting guitar lines like the one on “Legendary,” the latest leak from his forthcoming Success Is Certain album. What’s most unfortunate here is that Nickel Nine spits some pretty solid bars — that Jamiroqui punch line? too good — and switches up his flow so much that you can’t help staying interested. But the “singing” on the hook and the guitar are both so corny that “Legendary” falls flat and, obviously, doesn’t live up to its name. Blame Travis Barker.
You can stream the track below. Success Is Certain drops Aug. 9.