Royce Da 5'9" nabbed a nomination for Best Rap Album at the Grammys last week for The Allegory, a project that he dropped in February.
The Detroit lyricist spoke about the album during an interview on PSA Hip-Hop and said that Cordae [formally YBN Cordae] was supposed to be on the cut "Young World." The Lost Boy rapper didn't appear on the song, so Vince Staples hopped on instead.
Royce explained that Cordae's label Atlantic pulled the plug on the collaboration because they believed Royce was too old to be on with their artist. Royce is 43-years-old, and Cordae is 23. [Jump to the 26-minute mark.]
“[Vince Staples] sent his verse last day because originally YBN Cordae was there in that spot," Royce explained. "Atlantic would not clear YBN Cordae, so I had to take him off, 'cause they said they wanted to 'keep him young.' These labels, they are so caught up young, young, young, young. Obviously, the kid wanted to do it, otherwise, he wouldn't have done it. So why put him in that position? And now the album is nominated for a Grammy. You don’t think that in retrospect was a bad move from them?"
What do you think about Cordae's label keeping him from collaborating with Royce because of age?