In honor of my preview of Monday’s Royce Da 5’9” show at the Gramophone, I caught up with Rockwell Knuckles, one of several local acts (along with Gotta Be Karim, Family Affair, Gangsta Gritz and Kenny Knox) opening up for the Detroit underground legend.
After praising Royce as “a beast monster when it comes to expression,” Mr. Knuckles was happy to provide an update on the status of the Black Spade-produced follow up to his debut, Northside Phenomenon.
“It’s gonna be my love record,” Rocky says breathlessly.
“I finished up all the high-energy, house party type tracks and now it’s time to talk about, ‘Oh, feelings, oh I’m vulnerable, oh I’m all emotional.’ Cause you know all the gangstas are making love songs now. And I wonder about that -- because if they’re supposed to be all hard and on the grind all the time, where do they get time for all this love makin’?”
The album, which is reportedly “30 to 40 percent finished,” is tentatively titled There is No Spoon. (“You know, like The Matrix and shit,” Rockwell adds.
Knuckles just put the finishing touches on a five song EP that he says will available for the first time at Monday’s show.
“It’s gon’ be crazy,” Rockwell said of the show. “I might cover a Prince song right quick and I’ll be throwing candy in the crowd. October is coming up and there will be candy all over this bitch.”
The show starts at 9 p.m. and it costs $10 to get in.