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by TROY AVE

New York City by Troy Ave
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New York City by Troy Ave
Released: Nov 2013
Label: Bsb Records
Troy Ave was a mixtape nonentity before finding his voice as a cheerleader of New York traditionalism. His debut flips between throwback boasts like "Classic Feel" and "Cigar Smoke," and icy gangsta synths like "Piggy Bank" and "Everything." "Viking" rattles like an old Lox track. As a lyricist, Troy relies on crack dealer tropes, but he has genuine insights into street politics on "Lulaby" and "Mama Tears." Meanwhile, local luminaries like Raekwon, Prodigy, and Capone-N-Noreaga lend credibility on the title track. "They ain't know me in '09," says Troy on "I'm Dat N*gga." "Bet they know me now."
Mosi Reeves
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