Troy Ave

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Troy Ave
Birth name Roland Collins
Born (1985-11-23) November 23, 1985 (age 32)[1][2]
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels BSB Records
Website www.troyave.com

Roland Collins (born November 23, 1985), better known by the stage name Troy Ave, is an American rapper from the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. His moniker derives from Troy Avenue, a street near his boyhood home.[3] In November 2013, his first studio album, New York City: The Album, was released. It debuted at number 47 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[4] He was named in XXL magazine's 2014 Freshmen Class.[5]

Career[edit]

Collins began his rap career in 2009.[6]

Troy Ave announced that his new street album, Dope Boy Troy Vol. 2: NuPac will be released on April 14, 2017.[7]

Controversy[edit]

Legal issues[edit]

On May 26, 2016, Collins was arrested for attempted murder and illegal weapon possession for shooting at a T.I. concert.[8][9][10] During the event at Irving Plaza, where T.I. and others were scheduled to perform, four people were shot, one fatally, by a shooter from the VIP section of the event. The man who died, Ronald McPhatter, 33, was said to be a friend of Collins, who was first taken to NYU Langone Medical Center and then transferred to nearby NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue where he was arrested as a primary suspect in the shooting.[11][12] While at the hospital, it was alleged that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.[12]

Collins pleaded not guilty, saying he was using self-defense and that he and McPhatter were shot by an unnamed assailant. He was remanded without bail.[13] His lawyer then put out a request for the public to help with any information that witnesses can provide.[14]

Collins dropped a single called "Chuck Norris (Hoes & Gangstas)" and a mixtape called Free Troy Ave, in reference to his current condition of being charged with shootings.[15] It was released on June 6, 2016.[15] On July 11, 2016, he made the final bail and was temporarily released.[16]

Feud with Joey Bada$$[edit]

Troy Ave was involved in a feud with Joey Bada$$ from June 2015 to March 2016.

In June 2015, tensions began brewing between Troy Ave and a fellow Brooklyn-native rapper Joey Bada$$, when the latter declared himself the "#1 independent hip hop recording artist and a brand in the world" in a series of tweets, to which the former responded in another tweet by pointing out that he has been signed to Cinematic Music Group, whose music is distributed by RED Distribution, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.[17] Joey Bada$$ later refuted reports of a feud between him and Troy Ave in another tweet.[18]

On July 7, 2015, in an interview with Ebro Darden on Hot 97, Joey Bada$$ had words of praise for Troy Ave, stating: "At some point you gotta [sic] have some level of respect for Troy because, at the end of the day, we're both independent artists who are standing on major platforms next to a whole bunch of major artists and they know who we are."[19] In February 2016, he reignited the feud in a single, titled "Ready", where he raps: "60k, first week for the badass / 200k to this day, I know you niggas mad / With that 80-20 split, my nigga do the math / my nigga Kirk just outsold Troy Ave" (in reference to Kirk Knight's debut studio album Late Knight Special and Troy Ave's second studio album Major Without a Deal).[20][21] In response, Troy Ave released a diss track, titled "Badass" the following week, in which he not only insulted Joey Bada$$, but also targeted fellow Pro Era member Capital STEEZ, who committed suicide by jumping off a building in December 2012.[22][23]

Following the release of "Badass", Troy Ave called in at Sway in the Morning on Shade 45, stating: "He didn't pass away; he killed himself. There's a difference. He took his own life. God gave you life, it ain't your right to take that. That's a fact. I got niggas in jail who got life sentences, they might as well be dead. They could've traded their life for his."[25] He then received heavy criticism from fans and fellow artists alike, including Styles P,[26][27] A$AP Ant and A$AP Twelvyy, who wrote, amongst a series of other tweets: "Wish I had a time machine to go back and give these niggas moms [sic] that abortion money."[28]

On March 29, 2016, in a freestyle on Sway in the Morning, Joey Bada$$ responded to "Badass" in a series of lines aimed at Troy Ave, though never referring to him directly. Among other lines, he rapped: "Now I won't even lie, can't agree with suicide / but in the darkest times, there's still a brighter side / He took a leap of faith and only brightened his light / You took a cheap shot at hate and only shortened your life."[29][30] In an interview with HipHopDX the following day, Fat Joe stated that he personally reached out to both Joey Bada$$ and Troy Ave to try and squash the feud, but failed.[31]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
New York City: The Album 47
Major Without a Deal 109 14 13

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
I'm In Traffick[34]
  • Released: August 17, 2009
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Bricks In My Backpack[35]
  • Released: September 27, 2010
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Bricks In My Backpack 2: Powder To The People[36]
  • Released: August 30, 2011
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy[37]
  • Released: June 12, 2012
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
White Christmas[38]
  • Released: December 25, 2012
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
BSB Vol. 1[39]
  • Released: March 4, 2013
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
BSB Vol. 2[40]
  • Released: May 15, 2013
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
BSB Vol. 3[41]
  • Released: July 4, 2013
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
White Christmas 2[42]
  • Released: December 24, 2013
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
BSB Vol. 4
  • Released: May 7, 2014
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
BSB Vol. 5
  • Released: August 18, 2014
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
BSB Vol. 5: The Extras (EP)
  • Released: August 18, 2014
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Major Without A Deal (Reloaded)
  • Released: October 6, 2015
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
White Christmas 3
  • Released: December 18, 2015
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Free Troy Ave
  • Released: June 6, 2016
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Roland Collins
  • Released: August 12, 2016
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
White Christmas 4
  • Released: December 23, 2016
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Dope Boy Troy
  • Released: March 23, 2017
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Nupac
  • Released: April 17, 2017
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Style 4 Free
  • Released: June 17, 2017
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download
Album of The Summer
  • Released: August 25, 2017
  • Label: BSB Records
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Hot Out"[43] 2013 New York City: The Album
"New York City"[44]
(featuring Raekwon, N.O.R.E. and Prodigy)
"Your Style"
(featuring Lloyd Banks)
2014 BSB Vol. 4
"All About The Money"
(featuring Young Lito & Manolo Rose)
N/A
"All About The Money" (Remix)
(featuring Young Jeezy & Rick Ross)
Major Without a Deal
"Doo Doo" 2015
"Bang Bang"
(featuring 50 Cent)
"Do Betta"
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
"She Belongs to the Game"
(featuring Young Lito)
TBA
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Your Style (Remix)"[45]
(featuring Puff Daddy, T.I. and Ma$e)
2014 BSB Vol. 5 and Major Without A Deal

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Only Life I Know" 2012 Fabolous The S.O.U.L. Tape 2
"Self Made" 2014 Uncle Murda, GMG Ain't Nothing Sweet
"What They Want" Uncle Murda, GMG, Raekwon, Maino, Tank, Jerry Wonda
"Drug Money" 2015 Young Buck, 50 Cent N/A

References[edit]

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