|Troy Ave Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||November 23, 1985|
Troy Ave is an American rapper, best known for his hip hop studio albums New York City: The Album, released on November 4, 2013, and Major Without a Deal, released on June 5, 2015, both under BSB Records. Troy Ave has also released more than 20 mixtapes between 2009 and 2018. Those were I’m In Traffick (2009), Bricks In My Backpack (2010), KFC (Kilos For Cheap) (2010), Bricks In My Backpack 2: Powder To The People (2011), Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy (2012), White Christmas (2012), BSB Vol. 1-3 (2013), White Christmas 2 (2013), BSB Vol. 4-5 (2014), BSB Vol. 5 – The Extras (2014), Major Without A Deal (Reloaded) (2015), and White Christmas 3 (2015).
In 2016, he released mixtapes Free Troy Ave, Roland Collins, and White Christmas 4, while in 2017 he dropped 5 others – Dope Boy Troy, Nupac, Style 4 Free, Album of The Summer, and White Christmas 5. In 2018, he surprised his audience positively with mixtapes White Christmas 6, Style 4 Free 2, and More Money More Problems. Troy has amassed a large social media following with more than 1 million followers on Instagram, more than 100k followers on Twitter, and more than 200k subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Troy Ave attended South Shore High School and New Utrecht High School, both located in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States.
- Father – Unknown
- Mother – Unknown
- Siblings – He has a brother and a sister.
Hip hop, Rap
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Troy Ave has kept the details about his girlfriend private. He has 2 sons, one of who is named Roland, and who Troy calls Lil Ro-Ro, born in early 2015.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of African-American descent.
- Thin mustache
- Often wears glasses
- Fuller Lips
- Short afro hair
- Often wears expensive chains and watches
Troy Ave has endorsed his own clothing brand, GODisGreatPaper$traight or GIGP$ for short, starting in January 2019.
Best Known For
- His studio albums New York City: The Album (2013) and Major Without a Deal (2015)
- Releasing hip-hop / rap mixtapes like I’m In Traffick (2009), Bricks In My Backpack (2010), KFC (Kilos For Cheap) (2010), Bricks In My Backpack 2: Powder To The People (2011), Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy (2012), White Christmas Vol 1-6 (2012-2018), BSB Vol. 1-5 (2013-2014), and many others
- Collaborating with well-known artists such as Lloyd Banks, Raekwon, Prodigy, 50 Cent, Ty Dolla Sign, Young Lito, and many others
Troy Ave released his debut studio album New York City: The Album on November 4, 2013, under the BSB Records recording label. The album consisted of 17 tracks and was met with a very positive review by both the audience and critics. It debuted at number 47 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States the same year.
First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance as himself in the episode Joe Budden, DJ Premier, Rich Boy, A$AP Ferg, Troy Ave, Torae of the music talk-show RapFix Live in 2013.
Troy Ave Facts
- He began his professional rap career in 2009 with his debut mixtape I’m In Traffick, released on August 17 of that year under BSB Records.
- He was born into a poor family living in the Crown Heights neighboorhood of Brooklyn, New York City.
- His artist name, Troy Ave, stems from the name of a street near his childhood home – Troy Avenue in Brooklyn, New York City.
- Troy was named “2014 Freshmen Class” by XXL magazine that year.
- On his social media, Troy constantly tries to motivate his fans to wake up earlier and work harder on their dreams. He proclaims that if you have health, you’ve got the base to achieve greatness, and leave a legacy for your children.
- According to him and his “Street Code”, fatherhood, family, friends, and “homies” are all precious, and something you should never leave hanging, and thus protect at all costs.
- In 2015, he started a beef with the rapper Joey Bada$$, also from Brooklyn. Joey claimed he was “number 1 independent hip hop recording artist in the world”, while Troy pointed out he was signed by a major recording label, subsidiary of the Sony Music Entertainment. As a part of their feud, Troy released a diss track titled Badass in February 2016, on which he also insulted another rapper, Capital STEEZ, who was a good friend of Joey.
- The reason behind Troy’s insults of Capital STEEZ was that he committed suicide by jumping off a building in December 2012. Troy was always religious and said that God gave him life for a reason and that it wasn’t up to Capital to forcibly take that gift away.
- Troy’s diss track was met with heavy criticism of fans and also by well-known rappers like A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvyy, and Styles P. Joey responded to his track with a freestyle of his own in March 2016 on a TV show. Despite all efforts of other artists, their feud still stood as of early 2019.
- On May 26, 2016, he was arrested for illegal weapon possession and attempted murder at the concert of a rapper T.I. in Irving Plaza, Manhattan, New York City. 4 people were shot, and 1 was killed – Edgar McPhatter, Troy’s friend and his bodyguard. The surveillance footage showed Troy shooting a gun multiple times, which led police to conclude that he was the one that shot his bodyguard. He disputed those claims and said that he shot in self-defense and that an unknown assailant killed Ronald. He was released on bail in July 2016 and was in trial in April 2019.
- Troy said that he loves fishing and wearing fur, but also has a passion and business sense for buying, renovating, and selling homes.
- On Christmas day, December 25, 2016, Troy was shot by an unknown, hooded assailant while he was sitting in his bright red Maserati car in Brooklyn with his girlfriend. Luckily, he was only grazed in the head, and hit in the arm once. The well-known rapper 50 Cent came to visit him in the hospital.
- In late 2016, a thief stole Troy’s laptop with videos of him in what seemed a s*x tape of him and an unknown girl and tried to blackmail him with a lot of money. Troy didn’t give in and released the footage in the form of a music video for the self-titled song S*x Tape on December 23, 2016.
- In 2014, Troy collaborated on a remix of a song All About The Money with Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.
- Troy also collaborated with rapper T.I., Puff Daddy, and rapper Ma$e on a remix of a song Your Style from his mixtape BSB Vol. 5 in 2014.
- He was credited as a writer and performer of a song Full House in the well-known movie Dirty Grandpa (2016), starring Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, and Dermot Mulroney.
- In mid-April 2019, Troy announced that his clothing brand, GODisGreatPaper$traight, managed to hit $100,000 in revenue in only 3 months of being live.
- Visit his official websites @ www.troyave.com, troyave.bigcartel.com.
- Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, SoundCloud, AllMusic, and Discogs.
Featured Image by Troy Ave / Instagram