One of the hardest cyphers that stole the spotlight at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards came from Royce da 5’9″.

The “Hi Rihanna.” catchphrase became a trending topic worldwide long after the show aired, but the Detroit MC was caught off guard by the overwhelming reaction.

Royce the 5’9″ spoke about his encounter with Rihanna and how it inspired his Shady 2.0 cypher. “I seen her overseas. Me and Em were performing at the V Festival and she was coming out to perform with us. She seen me and she came up to me. I’m just a Detroit guy, everybody’s treating me like I’m famous, but I still feel regular. She came up to me and told me that she liked one of my songs, so I just felt like, you tell me that again, we go together—has to happen. I just express myself through my music. I just thought it was a line I was going to say, I didn’t know she was going to hear it.”

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Not only did Rihanna get the message, but she also responded with her own tweet: “Hi @Royceda59.”


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