“Dr. Dre gave me some advice that I'll always think about, every day..."
In a new interview with 247HH, Royce da 5’9’’ revealed the most potent and resonant financial advice he ever received from Dr. Dre. To set the scene, the Detroit native took us back to his first time in California, when Dre invited him to work on 2001, which was also the first time Royce ever stepped foot in a mansion.
According to Royce, Dre walked him from room to room, showing off his riches, before sitting down to deliver the gut punch of truth:
"‘Money is easy to make, but harder to keep,’” Royce recalled Dre saying. “‘Don't forget: the money is easy to make, but it's hard to keep.’ He just kept saying it over and over again, and he ain't never lie. That shit is easy to make, but goddamn it is hard to keep. That's why I hate seeing these younguns spend all they money, man.”
Ain’t that the truth? There are far too many stories of artists making it all, just to lose it all. Just ask Scott Storch, or Will Smith, who recently shared the career-altering story behind the first thousand dollars earned of his career. When Dre tells Royce the money was easy to lose, and when Smith wears off vices because the feeling of making money was too good, both artists are speaking the same language.
Regardless of an artist's career path, once a bag is secured, it's best to hold onto it—or invest a portion of it, wisely. Few things are worth losing your comfort and stability.