Brooklyn spitter Troy Ave hits HHW with some exclusive audio..
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Law 35 of The 48 Laws of Power clearly states one should master the art of timing. Truth be told, I probably couldn’t have reached out to Troy at a busier time of the year. Nevertheless, the BK spitter took the time to drop a few bars for us, and he also makes an appearance in the latest issue of the mag. That being said, check out Troy doing his thing on “C.R.E.A.M.,” one of my favorite beats by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.
Meet the rapper:
Troy Ave, taken from the name of the block he grew up on in Brooklyn, has been buzzing in New York since 2004. Bringing heat in the form of hype songs with real lyrics, this high energy MC got music made by and for the streets. Never apologetic, Troy Ave’s attitude and demeanor is direct and without effort, unlike those who have created a gimmick. He raps what he lives. After seeing a friend get caught up on a serious charge that he himself narrowly escaped, he figured it was best to take his talents off the streets and into the studio, especially after seeing an average rapper from his neighborhood make $100,000, he knew that if someone without talent could make it then he definitely had a chance. In 2003, he heard 50 Cent’s first album and was inspired to pick up the mic. Since then he’s dropped four mixtapes, which he sold over 70,000 copies of right out his trunk. In fact, his music has been so hot on the streets that he’s the first unsigned rapper out of New York to get bootlegged.
His biggest influences include the aforementioned 50 Cent, Master P, Lil’ Flip, Young Jeezy and the late, great Notorious B.I.G. With a cinematic sound that paints a vivid picture, Troy Ave’s music is autobiographical and he hopes to turn his hobby into a profession where he can build and add on. Starting with Major Without a Deal through Troy Ave is the Future and I’m In Traffick and now his latest effort, Bricks In My Backpack, Troy Ave has been creating his own distribution in corner stores, liquor stores, and further cementing his place in the streets as the person to go to for that gettin’ money music. Follow him on Twitter @TroyAve
Be sure to check out Troy in the “Next to Blow” section of the latest issue of Hip Hop Weekly