Success Is Certain

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Success Is Certain
Studio album by Royce da 5'9"
Released August 9, 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 40:55
Label Gracie Productions
Producer Tony Bucher (exec.)
Dorian Washington (exec.)
Eminem, Mr. Porter, DJ Premier, The Alchemist, Streetrunner, Nottz, The Futuristiks, Sarom
Royce da 5'9" chronology
Hell: The Sequel
Success Is Certain
Singles from Success Is Certain
  1. "Writer's Block"
    Released: March 29, 2011
  2. "Second Place"
    Released: June 14, 2011
  3. "Legendary"
    Released: July 19, 2011

Success Is Certain is the fifth album by rapper Royce da 5'9" and his last independent album, released on August 9, 2011. The first single is "Writer's Block" featuring Eminem, which was released in March 2011. Production for the album came from DJ Premier, Mr. Porter, Eminem, Nottz, Streetrunner, The Futuristiks and The Alchemist among others.[1] Guest appearances include Eminem, Joe Budden, Kid Vishis and Travis Barker.

Singles and promotion[edit]

The album artwork, track listing, and related promo art (such as a full-website "takeover" on RapRadar) was created by Brett Lindzen. The official artwork was revealed on July 4, 2011.[2] The artwork depicts a black Rolls-Royce car parallel parked in front of the Detroit Savings Bank. The photo is in black and white.[2] Instead of Royce da 5'9"'s full stage name, the cover shows only "R5'9"" with "Royce" written in smaller font below.[2] The track list was revealed the same day with the availability for pre-order.[2]

"Writer's Block" was announced to be the first single from Success Is Certain. It was released March 29, 2011, on iTunes.[3] The song features Detroit rapper Eminem, but only on the hook. It is produced by Streetrunner and Raymond (SAROM) Diaz.[4] Royce da 5'9" originally reached out to Eminem for this song. Later, they started recording for Bad Meets Evil's EP, Hell: The Sequel.[5] It was confirmed that this would still be used on Royce's Success Is Certain. "Second Place" was released on June 14, 2011, as the second single from the album.[6][7] It was produced by DJ Premier. There were rumors that Royce had originally planned for this song to feature Raekwon and Method Man, but did not because of the leak. Later this was confirmed false.[8] "Legendary" was released on July 19, 2011, on iTunes as the third single from the album.[9] All three singles from the album can be streamed at Royce's website.[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 with 16,000 copies sold in its first week released.[11] In its second week, the album sold 4,700 copies to bring in a total of 20,700 copies to date.[12] As of March 20, 2012, the album has sold 43,500 copies in the United States.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club (B)[13]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[14]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[15]
RapReviews (8/10)[16]
XXL 4/5 stars[17]

Success Is Certain has received positive reviews from music critics.[18] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[18]

David Jeffries of Allmusic wrote, "Musically, the results are a brighter, tighter, yet more elaborate version of the man's best work, with tracks like "Security" and "Merry Go Round" sounding both flashy and meaty at once."[14] Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club gave the album a "B" rating, writing "disorganized as it is, this is the environment he works best in, and Success smartly just lets him do his thing".[13] Meka Udoh of XXL gave the album an "XL" review, writing "maybe influenced by Marshall himself, Royce has learned to channel his loquacious voracity into a controlled rage, and the end result is perhaps his most complete body of work".[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Legendary" (featuring Travis Barker) Eminem, The Futuristics, Luis Resto 4:49
2. "Writer's Block" (featuring Eminem) Streetrunner, Sarom 4:35
3. "Merry Go Round" Nottz 2:40
4. "Where My Money" Streetrunner 3:14
5. "ER" (featuring Kid Vishis) Streetrunner 2:54
6. "On the Boulevard" (featuring Nottz and Adonis) Nottz 3:47
7. "I Ain't Coming Down" The Alchemist 3:44
8. "Security" Mr. Porter 3:39
9. "Second Place" DJ Premier 3:46
10. "My Own Planet" (featuring Joe Budden and Mr. Porter) Mr. Porter 3:36
11. "I've Been Up, I've Been Down" Mr. Porter 4:13
  • The track 3 "Merry Go Round" is replaced by, "I'm Fresh", featuring Mr. Porter on the iTunes album version.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard 200[20] 25
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[21] 15
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[22] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[23] 7


  1. ^ "Royce Da 5'9" Talks 'Success Is Certain' & Writing For 'Detox' | HipHop-N-More". 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d Shake (July 4, 2011). "Royce da 5'9" - Success Is Certain (Artwork x Tracklist)". 2 Dope Boyz. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Writer's Block (feat. Eminem) - Single by Royce da 5'9" on iTunes. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Royce Da 5'9 & Eminem "Writer's Block" (Prod. Streetrunner)". HipHopDX. April 8, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Markman, Rob (April 28, 2011). "Royce da 5'9" Says Recording with Eminem 'Pushed' Him". MTV News. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Second Place - Single by Royce da 5'0" on iTunes. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Horowitz, Steven (July 5, 2011). "Royce Da 5'9 Reveals Tracklist For "Success Is Certain," Features Eminem & Travis Barker". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2011-08-05). "Royce Da 5'9 Reveals Production Credits For "Success Is Certain" | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ Legendary (feat. Travis Barker) - Single on iTunes. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Royce da 5'9" - Success Is Certain". July 23, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ Jacobs, Allen (2011-08-17). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/14/2011 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  12. ^ Jacobs, Allen (2011-08-24). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/21/2011 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  13. ^ a b Rytlewski, Evan. Review: Success Is Certain. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2011-08-16.
  14. ^ a b Jeffries, David. Review: Success Is Certain. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-08-16.
  15. ^ Bassa, Amanda. Review: Success Is Certain. HipHopDX. Retrieved on 2011-08-16.
  16. ^ Padania, Jesal. RapReview of the Week: Success Is Certain. RapReviews. Retrieved on 2011-08-16.
  17. ^ a b Udoh, Meka Review: Success Is Certain. XXL. Retrieved on 2011-08-16.
  18. ^ a b Success Is Certain Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More Metacritic Retrieved on August 27, 2011
  19. ^ "iTunes Store". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  20. ^ "Royce da 5'9" – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Royce da 5'9".
  21. ^ "Royce da 5'9" – Chart history" Billboard Digital Albums for Royce da 5'9".
  22. ^ "Royce da 5'9" – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Royce da 5'9".
  23. ^ "Royce da 5'9" – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Royce da 5'9".

External links[edit]

Success Is Certain at AllMusic. Retrieved August 27, 2011.