Troy Ave Says He Had The Best Rap Album Of The Year

The rapper says "I represent the highest of the fucking food chain of Rap, and that's street Rap. That's what I'm putting on."

Speaking with Complex in a newly released interview, Brooklyn emcee Troy Ave claimed that his late 2013 release New York City: The Album should be considered the best Rap album of 2013.

“The best rap album?” Ave said in response to the question. “Troy Ave, that’s a fact. Everybody knows that. The fucking critics whatever, the real people who actually listened to that shit knows that. That’s not even a question. I had the absolute best Rap album of the year, I don’t care who you—and I made that shit on my budget out my pocket, this is street money. This is out the pocket I made this, it wasn’t no big multimillion dollar budget or however much these niggas get. No, this shit straight up, real music don’t take that much money to make. That’s a fact, the truth don’t cost you nothing if you telling it, it’s the truth. So I definitely had the best Rap album, I don’t know who would disagree but if anybody even disagree, the fact that me, Troy Ave, totally independent artist from BSB Records could even be mentioned in the same realm as Drake, Pusha T, Jay Z, that mean I already won. I’m not supposed to even be getting mentioned in that for album of the year.”

In November, HipHopDX awarded Troy Ave’s New York City four out of five stars. “Without feeling forced, Troy Ave has created an album that is sure to give New Yorkers something to be proud of, and those outside of the five boroughs something resembling the music they most likely also loved from the NYC,” the review said.

During the interview, Troy Ave went on to detail his appreciation for Rick Ross and spoke again on his view of street Rap. “The essence of Rap is the streets, period,” he said. “From Kurtis Blow with a fucking jheri curl, he was [rapping] some street shit. KRS-One, rapping some street shit. So street Rap always reigns supreme. Now you got the other sub-genres of Rap that need to be classified instead of bunching everything up together...I don’t give a fuck about weirdo Rap, I know what I’m doing, and I represent the highest of the fucking food chain of Rap, and that’s street Rap. That’s what I’m putting on.

“Look at Rick Ross he one of the biggest in the game, he rep the street shit,” he said. “You might have a weirdo or somebody else sell more records than him but that don’t mean shit. When you talking about the street Rap, you got a lot of the media people, they can more so relate to the fucking weirdo rappers, the drug rappers whatever, so they try to push them to the forefront. And that shit ain’t right, it ain’t about what’s popular it’s about what’s right. You got fucking rappers wearing tight-ass...shit look like latex. It’s spandex but it looks like a condom on your leg. Niggas wearing that shit, that’s not cool. I don’t care how many rappers wear that, that shit could be popular, it’s not cool at all, that ain’t what’s right.”

62 Comments

  • Real

    Prodigy shit was album of the year but Troy shit top 5 last year for real Check out 85 Cay Og Bobby Johnson Freestyle on Youtube that shit straight fire

  • mapos

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *takes deep breath* AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Anonymous

    you know rap is gay when fat niggas like schoolboy q wear condoms as pants.

  • Anonymous

    the magazines keep overrating dude. he's mediocre

  • Anonymous

    he'll get more views the next couple of days, and then reality will resurface, the music is mediocre

  • datroof

    This retard listening to his cock swallowers too hard on Twitter. His album was borderline trash. Had a few ok songs on it that's it. He's fucking crazy if he thinks his shit was best anything.

  • The real

    Nobody's talking about boosie here. But he's an important part of today's economy. You just throw words together and hope it makes a legitimate sentence?

  • Anonymous

    of course hes going to think he had the best album of the year ITS HIS ALBUM...its hot garbage though keep putting out boring generic ny street rap that no ones interested in listening to...fuckin idiots are still trying to put out shit that sounds like 50 when get rich or die trying dropped 11 years later...

  • Dragon Slayer 8

    In the world of hippidy hop, Lil Boosie is the truth. Based Boosie, Boosie > Rakim, Pac. Boosie is an important figure in today's economy.

  • Anonymous

    Whatever makes you happy buddy.

  • The real

    Prodigy- Einstein. Kool g rap necro-godfathers. ill bill- grimey awards. Gore Elohim-electric lucifer.ghost face killah 12 reasons to die. RA the rugged man- legends never die. Chino xl- ricanstruction. Here's a very small list of of albums 100% better than that trash.

    • SGT

      co-sign.Troy album was good but it aint fuckin with 12 reasons or legends never die them albums were slept on too niggas buy trash these days like that fuck-boy wale

    • Anonymous

      'Godfathers' and 'Electric Lucifer' both sucked, but '12 Reasons To Die' and 'Legends Never Die' are seriously 5 star albums!

  • Anonymous

    If he had a different voice, it would make a huge change.. Can't stand his voice.

  • RC

    Close 2nd behind Big K.R.I.T's 'King Remembered In Time' IMO but dude is definitely a nice refreshing breath back to the traditional, NYC street mentality. Too many faggot ass emcees in the game today anyways! Time to turn the clock back prior to 03' and make 'hip-hop' "HIP-HOP" again!!

  • Anonymous

    Yall heard the new 50cent though?My goodness he finna take over again

  • Anonymous

    3 songs into the album, I clocked out. His voice is whack, pause.

  • Anonymous

    This site posts the most stupidest and useless articles. They will post ANYTHING regardless of how irrelevant the person is. The more laughable things the person says the more posting DX will do like it's even .0000000000000000001% factual. Lil Zane could say he's the greatest rapper of all time and DX will post it. DX get your shit together quick and tighten up your articles. Your whole site is a complete joke.

    • DX

      Um, excuse me, bitch? We NEVER said no bullshit like that? You must be out your god damned mind if you believe that we ALL think Lil Wayne is the greatest rapper alive. That's absolute bullshit, and if you think we're going to sit here and let you commoners put words in our mouths, then you've got another thing coming. Go fuck yourself with a rusty pitchfork, mr anonymous #3.

    • Anonymous

      co-sign HHDX doesnt take hiphop serious they just a bunch of faggots who think that hiphop started in 2000 and lil wayne is the best rapper ever.

    • Anonymous

      Lol that dx troll stays

    • DX

      Are we supposed to NOT report everything that someone says? Like what the fuck. It's news either way you slice it. Look at the video and you'll notice a reporter interviewing Troy Ave. He's a part of the media, just like we are. His job is to record and ask questions. Our job is to bring this news to you, the viewers, so you can dissect the artist's views & opinions.

  • Pato Banton

    And all the youths I stand and salute, for staying loyal to the reggae roots.

  • Anonymous

    If Troy Ave had the best album of the year, I'm a penguin.

  • utica ave

    dude is ok and his album was decent, but he really sounds salty and "hater-ish" when he keeps talking about kanye and kendrick being "weirdo" rappers. do you and let them do them.

    • Anonymous

      hes just mad he wasnt around in 2003 when people were actually listening to the kind of music he makes...hes not bringing anything new to a genre of rap that lost its audience in 05-06

  • Anonymous

    is this guy delusional??

  • jimmybarlow

    run the jewels stfu

  • imho

    another lame with an average album claiming he had the best..lol these guys I swear.

  • Rap album of the day maybe

    He had a good album and mixtape. Chance the rapper or Action Bronson had albums worthy of album of the year.

  • Anonymous

    he actually might've. real shit

  • Anonymous

    Kanye made it cool to be from the suburbs and dress like a diva and he helped shift the attention away from more street oriented artists like T.I. and Jeezy so when you fast forward you see artists Ike Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole who are more like Kanye West than they are Game or 50.

    • Anonymous

      true but all those street oriented artists that were marketed as superhero gangsters from the street lost their appeal years ago when people realized they werent half as tough as they made themselves out to be...at least kanye kendrick drake and j cole are being 100% real in their music

  • Anonymous

    @NAW Around 2004 Kanye West ushered in a safer more accessible brand of HipHop music and it increased in popularity until 2007 when he crushed 50-Cent in a sales battle described as "aggressive content" VS "backpack soul" and officially killed any hope of a resurgence in street music in the mainstream. By the time 2008 came and Wayne dropped "Carter 3" we entered the YMCMB era and we are on the tail end of that era at present.

  • Aceboiwonder

    You would have to be from NY to know what Troy Ave is talking bout. Its the hottest NY album ive heard in a long time.. It gives that NYC rush hour..... POWDER TO THE PEOPLE

    • Addison

      Im from Dc, not from the streets, so when I listen to street shit, Im on the outside looking in, based on music I feel like what troy ave is rapping about is played out. Jay Z, Big L, Biggie, Nas, 50 cent have ALL painted a vivid picture of the dope dealer, we have seen this movie before. If I wanna listen to crack muzik Ima put on "Ready to Die". I feel like Troy ave glorifies it too much, "Powder to the People"? C'mon smh. Slave Mentality. I like the Chiraq rappers like Herb, they talk about dope dealing but they give you the good and bad, "no father, being poor, losing best friends, all around making it out of the environment" etc etc

    • Anonymous

      The rappers that were supposed to be making street music started dropping singles with Justin Timberlake and putting Pussycat Dolls on their albums so their fans jumped ship and got with the mainstream shit.

  • Anonymous

    stfu.... album of the year?

  • Anonymous

    I dunno man, I had completely forgotten about his album until I saw this article and I went out of my way to download it for free and put it in Itunes.

  • ALL I SPEAK IS FACTS

    Calm down Troy, Marshall Mathers had the best rap album. And DONT EVEN use the Monster, Survival or Berzerk as agruments otherwise. The album cohesively is a classic

    • STOP USING THE WORD CLASSIC

      a classic in your opinion...everyone has to agree the albums a classic for it to be one and that is not the case...a bunch of those songs that werent singles were trasssssssh

    • Anonymous

      BRUAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Epic fail

  • the rap bandit

    Sorry Troy Ave... Dope album but not album of the year. You actually praise Rick Ross and he's the reason no one takes Street Rap serious anymore.

    • Anonymous

      no one takes street rap seriously anymore cuz it got played the fukkout like 6-7 years ago only idiots believe these guys...

    • Will

      You can be I have no emotion involving this. But if I'm ignorant, would you care to enlighten me?

    • the rap bandit

      That's great that you're a Black male from the street but Officer Ricky brought down what you represent. Many Black men would laugh at your stupid reply. Kill yourself.

    • Anonymous

      If I was a square white I wouldn't know the difference between Freeway Rick and Boobie Williams, I'd most likely call someone a "fake" based on ignorance and emotion.

    • Will

      Rick Ross is a fake. That is a FACT. His entire persona is stolen from Freeway Rick Ross, the drug kingpin.

    • Anonymous

      Troy Ave dropped a dope album and as a Black male thats actually from the streets his opinion on Rick Ross is valid and the opposite of yours which is100% worthless but reflects what you are.

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