Death Is Certain

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Death Is Certain
Studio album by Royce da 5'9"
Released February 24, 2004 (U.S.)
Recorded December 2002-January 2004
Genre Hip Hop
Length 50:36
Label E1 Music
Producer Royce da 5'9" (exec.), 6 July, DJ Premier, Ty Fyffe, Reef, Asar, Mark Bassin
Royce da 5'9" chronology
Rock City
Death Is Certain
Independent's Day
Singles from Death is Certain
  1. "Hip Hop"
    Released: November 22, 2003
  2. "Death Is Certain Pt. 2 (It Hurts)"
    Released: February 11, 2004

Death Is Certain is the second studio album by Detroit rapper Royce da 5'9", released through Koch Records on February 24, 2004.



Released two years after his official debut Rock City, Royce spent his two-year hiatus entangled in a beef with fellow Detroit natives and former allies, D12. Due in part to a battle with depression, Death Is Certain features a sound considerably darker than that heard on his debut. Royce's new sound garnered him considerable acclaim for the album, with most critics calling Death Is Certain his strongest effort. The album is also noted by many listeners to contain both 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. influences in Royce's lyrics.


The majority of the album was produced by 6 July of Bad Boy Records production team The Hitmen. Other producers featured on the album are Ty Fyffe, Rob "Reef" Teflow, Asar, Mark Bassin, and DJ Premier, who produces the album's lead single, "Hip Hop". Many fans and critics see this as Royce's best work.


The album sold about 84,000 copies but has had numbers worldwide with over 100,000 copies sold.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop 4/5 stars link
Allmusic 3/5 stars link (9.0/10) link 8/10 stars link
Prefix Magazine 8/10 stars link 4/5 stars link 8.5/10 stars link
Vibe 3.5/5 stars link
The Source 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   0:12
2. "Regardless" 6 July 3:01
3. "Throw Back" (featuring Ingrid Smalls) Ty Fyffe 4:17
4. "What I Know" Reef 2:49
5. "I Promise" (featuring Ingrid Smalls) 6 July 3:54
6. "Call Me Never!" (skit) Asar 1:59
7. "Hip Hop" DJ Premier 3:47
8. "Gangsta" (featuring Cutty Mack) 6 July 4:42
9. "T.O.D.A.Y" (featuring Ingrid Smalls) 6 July 3:55
10. "I & Me" Asar 3:28
11. "Beef" Mark Bassin, 6 July 4:19
12. "Bomb 1st" Asar 2:59
13. "Everybody Goes" (featuring Ingrid Smalls) 6 July 3:05
14. "Death Is Certain Pt. 2 (It Hurts)" (featuring Ingrid Smalls and Cha Cha) 6 July 4:12
15. "Something's Wrong With Him" (featuring 6 July) 6 July 3:57
Sample credits

Chart positions[edit]

Album chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 161
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[2] 5
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[3] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 39

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Tracks
2003 "Hip Hop" - #98 -