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Exclusive Interview: Royce Castro

April 27, 2024

Royce Castro is a rising artist from Lawnside, New Jersey, best known for his versatility and dynamic lyricism. Influenced by the Hip-Hop from both coasts, Royce’s exposure to a variety of styles and sounds has allowed him to develop his own unique voice in the genre. Growing up alongside his 4 brothers, Royce found himself immersed in the world of Hip-Hop from an early age. He recalls rapping with his childhood friend Millionz after school, freestyling and trading verses to the beats of Outkast and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. It was during these early days that Royce developed his lyrical skills and began to fine tune his own art of storytelling through music.

Despite the trials and tribulations presented, Royce has never run out of material to voice over tracks. No matter what the circumstances, he’s always found inspiration in the lessons learned along the way, both good and bad. His mantra? “Life is a lesson as a whole. You want to forget the bad, but the key to life is always seeing the beauty in it, no matter how ugly it may be.”

Read our exclusive interview below!

For those who don’t know, who is Royce Castro?

Father, humanitarian, empath, revolutionary, knowledge seeker, dope artist and evolutionist. To name a few. [laughs]

How would you describe your sound?

Organic and unique, I pride myself on being me so it’s easy for me to not sound like anyone else. Being authentic and original is what separates me from the pack.

You’re from Lawnside, how does that play into your life and career?

Lawnside, New Jersey is my home and I’m proud to represent where I’m from everywhere I go . My community taught me how to be me though that started from home first.  The roots of my community run deep from a cultural standpoint. Dreamland Cafe was a stage for some of the greatest musicians like Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Dave Rowe who was part of the Group Two X strong who had the hit record I get lifted is from my community as well. Lawnside is home for one of the underground railroad stops when Harriet Tubman led people of our culture to freedom. Lawnside is a blue collar community where hard work his the imprint and has been filled with so much talent.

Biggest influences?

Big influence is my family, I learned so many priceless qualities that they have helped me navigate my life and move in a positive direction. Life itself is another big influence and getting to the music, we’ll be here all day. But I’ll name a few: Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Nas, James Brown, Lupe Fiasco , Stalley, Big K.R.I.T., KRS-One, Pharcyde, TDE, DMX, Skyzoo, Mick Jenkins, Curren$y, Wu-Tang… it’s just so many. It’s a long list. [laughs]

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?

When I started seeing my name on billboards opening for artists on their tours stops in Philly.

What’s one thing you want fans to get from your new album, The Rollz Royce Chronicles?

To just enjoy the vibe and pass it along the content definitely is motivational and inspiring. I was able to link up with my brother Stu GotBeats and part one of this is what we came up with. He’s also from my community as well, he’s definitely a dope producer.

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