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“Powder!” If you haven’t heard this adlib from Brooklyn-bred rapper Troy Ave yet, then prepare for a snowfront when you watch him perform. By the end of his showcase at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, he had everybody in the crowd shouting along with him. Troy Ave’s a boss of the white girl and isn’t afraid to admit he’s been moving weight.
Cocaine raps are synonymous with Clipse — especially Pusha T — but Troy’s product of the streets attitude has all of surrounding New York throwing one up for the rock. Taking the name from where he grew up in BK, the “Harry Powder Show” loves to relay tales of his hustler experiences, whether it’s selling O’s or slanging mixtapes out of his car trunk, and is harder than most rappers out today.
We would put Troy Ave with the rest of the street family from BK. Rappers like Fabolous, Uncle Murda, and Jay-Z have at some point or another made a fortune spitting believable rhymes about their former lives. So for Troy, to bring the “powder to the people,” he is proof of the resurgence of grimy New York raps that has been long missed. Much like his contemporaries, Ave’s menacing vibes will always have the gangsters in the back of the club head-nodding to his rhymes. Plus, a focused New York state of mind like Troy Ave’s will get our West coast affiliates talking about his gettin’ money music soon enough.
Troy Ave has a lot of mixtapes currently circulating the Internet, which shows he isn’t the new kid on the block. Heavily influenced by 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, his latest effort Bricks in My Backpack 2: Powder to the People is everything the title suggests. If you feel the need to tap into your inner street mentality, listen to the kid who can talk a game as much as he can live it. Fill up your backpacks with some Troy Av.