Trouble T Roy

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Trouble T Roy
Birth name Troy Dixon
Born (1967-10-19)October 19, 1967
Origin Mount Vernon, New York, USA[1]
Died July 15, 1990(1990-07-15) (aged 22)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Dancer
Years active 1987–1990
Labels Uptown Records
Associated acts Heavy D & the Boyz

Troy Dixon (October 19, 1967 – July 15, 1990),[2] better known as Trouble T Roy, was a hip-hop dancer with the successful group Heavy D and the Boyz from 1987 until 1990.

Death[edit]

On July 15, 1990, at the age of 22, Dixon was killed by an accidental fall.[1] While on tour in Indianapolis, he and others were having fun after a performance and walking on a raised exit ramp outside the arena. According to the TV One show Unsung, a guy who was known as a prankster, pushed a trash barrel down the ramp. Troy got on the ledge to avoid the trash barrel, however he lost his balance and fell from a height of approximately two stories, and hit his head. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.[1]

Remembrances[edit]

Heavy D and the Boyz dedicated their next album, Peaceful Journey, to his memory in 1991.[3]

Pete Rock & CL Smooth dedicated their song "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" to him in 1992.[3] Pete Rock discussed the song's genesis in a 2007 interview with The Village Voice:

I had a friend of mine that passed away, and it was a shock to the community. I was kind of depressed when I made it. And to this day, I can't believe I made it through, the way I was feeling. I guess it was for my boy. When I found the record by Tom Scott, basically I just heard something incredible that touched me and made me cry. It had such a beautiful bassline, and I started with that first. I found some other sounds and then heard some sax in there and used that. Next thing you know, I have a beautiful beat made. When I mixed the song down, I had Charlie Brown from Leaders of the New School in the session with me, and we all just started crying."

Guy mentions him in a song called "Long Gone", a 1990 song paying tribute to various artists and friends, on their album The Future.

Vocalist Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest gives him a shout-out at the end of their song "Vibes and Stuff".

Rapper Sinister X mentions Dixon in the SyckSyde song Dead Gangstas, when he raps "They'll reminisce over you like Pete Rock did T-Roy, talkin bout how you went from B-Boy to R.I.P. Boy."

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