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
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),[1] better known as Trouble T Roy, was a hip-hop dancer and rapper with the successful group Heavy D and the Boyz from 1987 until 1990.

On July 15, 1990, at the age of 22, Dixon was killed by an accidental fall. 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. It hit Troy who then fell from a height of approximately two stories, and hit his head. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.[2]

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."