Troy Ave Blasts Writer During Angie Martinez Interview

Troy Ave and Angie Martinez were likely discussing Drew Millard's "Troy Ave: Rap Game George W. Bush" article, which criticized the rapper.

Troy Ave was interviewed by Angie Martinez a day after Noisey published “Troy Ave: Rap Game George W. Bush.” The article includes several comments critical of the New York rapper. 

"To say that Troy Ave is an opportunistic, out-of-touch bozo who does not actually represent the hopes, dreams, and realities of New York rap fans is to state the obvious,” Noisey writer Drew Millard said in his article.

Troy Ave said that the article and the writer had no impact on him. 

“I ain’t acknowledge him before and he’s not going to get any acknowledgements from me after just for a little bit of hate,” Troy Ave says during the Angie Martinez interview. "That’s nothing. Nothing you doin’ affects me. What I do in my world and everybody that has something to say about it is people who weren’t supporting anyway. It’s the weirdos. That’s what I’m sayin’. They don’t want the streets to win because when the streets win it’s not safe for people like them. Fact, though."

Millard mentioned several other New York rappers in his article.

"Troy Ave is nothing more than the next in a line of Mainos, Papooses, Uncle Murdas, Vados, and Saigons: sacrificial lambs who must fall flat on their faces and die in order to further prove that New York is not the center of the hip-hop universe,” Millard wrote.

Troy Ave says that he does not agree with that.

"Maino and Murda was puttin’ on for the city,” Troy Ave says. "At points in time, they was all holdin’ it down so you can’t just take away what they did. And at the same time, you can’t compare me. I’m doin’ something different, man. I’ma show and prove. Fact, though. I ain’t never disappoint the people.”

Despite the criticism, Troy Ave says he will continue his upward trajectory, which includes a performance at Hot 97’s Summer Jam Sunday (June 1). 

"I’ma flourish,” he says. "I flourish in the moment. I always flourish in the moment. The same guy he wrote a wonderful piece about me bigging me up and going crazy, ‘I love Troy Ave.’ Then I don’t know what happened. I probably took one of his chicks or a girl he loves. Then he got upset."

Troy Ave's interview with Angie Martinez is as follows:

RELATED: Troy Ave Says He's The "New Generation" Of Brooklyn Rapper

45 Comments

  • yo

    B Dot Miller smacked the shit outta Drew MIllard and made him apologize doe

  • Anonymous

    Troy Ave + French Montana + Maino = combined IQ of 85 retard rap for retard people, New York ain't buying their cornball bullshit either Jim Jones was motherfucking Rakim compared to these clowns

    • Anonymous

      Another white boy e-thugging on the internet. Have you even heard Maino's lyrics to even compare him with Jim Jones, an artist he surpasses in every angle, lyrically, artistically, etc. FUCK THE MOTHER WHO BIRTHED U!!!!

  • Anonymous

    im from new york city through and through but troy ave is not the answer for nyc rap not at all..

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  • Troy Cent

    That's not actually a fact, though.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK TROY AVE seriously

  • for sure

    They dont want the streets to win because when the streets win its not safe for people like them. Fact, though LMAO SO TRUE

  • Anonymous

    i wouldnt be surprised if Troy Ave feels the need to prove how tough he is and goes and roughs up this white hipster who criticized him.

  • Anonymous

    Joey Bada$$>>>>>>>>Troy Ave

  • DUFF

    I fuck with Troy Ave, his Nostalgic New York sound is definitely nice to have in the rap game. But, he sealed his fate with that bring New York back shit. On his interview with Power 105.1 he states, "I could've gotten a verse from Future, but why?, I'm from New York. I could've gotten a Mike-Will beat, but why?, I'm from New York?" Jay, Biggie, Nas and etc. have never said shit like that. You can stay true to your city and still fuck with other regions. Jay-Z's Big Pimpin' with UGK was one of his biggest records plus got him a new down south fan base.

  • Anonymous

    that "article" sounded like he was personally hurt by Troy Ave. Terrible unprofessional Journalism and was pretty much just an average blogpost that could've been written by anyone. Amateur and irresponsible journalism that no one should take seriously

    • Anonymous

      i thought it was legit and the writer actually had some interactions with Mr Average so its not like he just hating.

    • Anonymous

      Millard made valid points throughout it. I don't see anything unprofessional - he's really just calling Troy Ave. out on how he portrays himself as the next king of New York. Solid piece.

  • Anonymous

    Troy Ave is 10th on this list http://realtime.billboard.com/?chart=emergingartists

    • Anonymous

      he was signed to def jam 10 fucking years ago and had 2 singles that bombed... took him 10 years and he still aint blow

  • Anonymous

    Yeah troy ave is average as fuck. New York is dead since the 90's

  • bruthadee

    this niggas a fact faggot and is annoying

  • Anonymous

    Troy Ave's logic is exactly what's wrong with the black mentality, well young black male, he goes on his interviews calling certain rappers weirdos, such as Chance Tha Rapper (somebody who had a hand directly or indirectly in keeping relative peace in chicago this past memorial day weekend) K.dot (who spreads positivity through his music) hell every positive rapper/emcee is a weirdo to him and he runs around with a movement who's slogan is "Powder to the people" smh am I the only one who sees something backwards in that? I actually loved the New York city album but he talks too much and wants to keep reminding us of how gangsta or street he is "i'm still with the violence" 50 didn't have to do none of that, streets already knew what it was w/ 50, first time i heard of 50 was from one of my brooklyn homies who moved out here and his first words were " you gotta hear about this 50 cat, he's a real gangsta" lol that was 99-00 but i say that to say this guy seems too much of a small time if that drug dealer/street cat trying to embellish his past, i can see him getting knocked out and worldstarred in the near future before his career takes off.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. This is part of why people dont like him.

    • Anonymous

      What I don't like about a lot of rap artists, like him, is that most are easily perceived as in for the money. There's a lack of authenticity with them. Marketing, which is a key component in business, to them is saying "Fuck what you think. Ima do me until I gets my bread". That shit is annoying. Rap has really become a get rich quick scheme and its only a matter of time before it dies.

  • Anonymous

    His raps are po-faced retreads of gangster clichs and his beats sound like the Lox passed on them for being boring.

  • Anonymous

    Avons Blocksdale is top 5 worst rap names right now

  • Anonymous

    The writer is a white hipster from Carolina who listens to Chance the Rapper and Kid Cudi so his opinion is 100% worthless.

  • Anonymous

    Troy AVERAGE, i fucked with you a few years ago wit dat Cokamania shit ago you way too cocky for a nigga who aint done shit in this game and based his whole style off another persons style!

  • Anonymous

    "I aint acknowledge him before and hes not going to get any acknowledgements from me after just for a little bit of hate," This guy is dumb as rocks! He just acknowleged him! Same thing when he said he doesn't speak his opinion on other peoples personal issues then proceeded to say he thought what 50 Cent said about Yayo and Banks being his hypemen was wack. Walking contradiction.

  • This Dude is a PUNK

    Chirping off on twitter about challenging any rapper to a 50K bet because thats all he has (his words!) that he will have a better album this year than anyone else. Ransom takes him up on the bet and Troy Average stars coppin pleas how he was only willing to bet "relevant rappers"... even though Ransom most likely sold more than Troy and been on TMZ in the last year for dissing Nicki Minaj. Troy was actually signed to Def Jam 10 fucking years ago and put out 2 singles before he got shelved!

  • Troy Ave: Rap Game George W. Bush

    When 2014s XXL Freshman cover was released, the inclusion of Troy Ave in the increasingly-irrelevant tableau of industry plants, late-pass viral sensations, and regional heroes that the magazine begrudgingly placed on the cover was something of a foregone conclusion. Through savvy campaigning, relentless networking, and more than a little bullshit, the New York rapper has positioned himself as the next big thing in New York hip-hop. A placement on the main stage of Sundays Hot 97 Summer Jam concert only seems to confirm this. Except, Troy Ave is not the next big thing in New York hip-hop. Not at all. If you dont know who he is, Troy Ave is a rapper from New York who would like you to know that he has sold drugs (in New York) and continues to put on for his city (which, again, is New York). His raps are po-faced retreads of gangster clichs and his beats sound like the Lox passed on them for being boring. He is the last remaining living human who thinks its a good idea to solicit Memphis Bleek for a guest verse. One of the members of his BSB crew is named Avon Blocksdale. He sounds like he really, really, really wants to be 50 Cent, to the point that both of his singles in Hot 97 rotation right now feature a member of G-Unit, and one of them, Show Me Love, is a literal rewrite of 50s In da Club. 50 Cent has reacted to Troy Aves existence with bemusement, commenting, I like the idea of Troy Ave but in reality, he sounds a lot like me. If he is our citys great rap hope, then we are fucked. That is, unless you ask Troy Ave. In an interview with Vibe shortly after the release of his record New York City, he claimed, I know that New York City: The Album is classic It's album of the year, and that's not just my opinion, that's everybody's opinion, later adding, that the only kings of New York rap have ever been, Big, Jay Z, now Troy Ave here after. (This is also the interview where he dismissed Kendrick Lamar as a weirdo by saying, Kendrick Lamar wears shorts above his knees. I'm not trying to diss the nigga because I'm just speaking the facts, which is hilarious on about 57 different levels.) In a segment filmed with professional sycophant Elliott Wilson, his statistics are reiteratedXXL cover. Summer Jam appearance. Ave explains his success by saying, Youve gotta be where youre from and sound like where youre from and represent that. Hes so fixated upon the fact that hes bringing New York back that he has no idea what actually that might possibly entail. When I met Troy Ave nearly two years ago, we spent an entire day together. I found him to be genial, savvy, and extremely ambitious. He casually pulled a gun out while we were riding around in his Jeep, the same Jeep that ended up showing up on the cover of New York City. He didnt mention wanting to be the king of New York once, because he wasnt interested in that. He wanted to pitch himself as something of New Yorks answer to Jeezy, the rapper who sold drugs and rapped on the side. But following the release of his mixtape Bricks in my Backpack 3, nobody cared. So he changed his tune and started telling people he was the king of the city and bringing New York back, because people seemed to give a fuck about him whenever he told people he was the king of the city and bringing New York back. This leads me to a pro tip: If youve got to tell everyone youre the king of something, you are probably not the king of that thing. To say that Troy Ave is an opportunistic, out-of-touch bozo who does not actually represent the hopes, dreams, and realities of New York rap fans is to state the obvious. As sure as the sun shines and the clouds piss rain on our heads, there will always be a Troy Ave, the archetypal New York hardhead who makes New York rap in a way that shows fealty to the New York rap canon, all the while managing to have the ear of the streets. Because the vast majority of the rap press resides in New York, the Birthplace of Hip-Hop, they will pay attention to him, give him national press, and then scratch their heads when no one in any other part of America gives a shit. Troy Ave is nothing more than the next in a line of Mainos, Papooses, Uncle Murdas, Vados, and Saigons: sacrificial lambs who must fall flat on their faces and die in order to further prove that New York is not the center of the hip-hop universe. However flat Troy Aves rhetoric might be, it does resonate with a certain section of the rap media, a set of stodgy conservatives who are to hip-hop as the Christian Right is to politics. Just like George W. Bush became the president by appealing to the base who are worried about the direction the country is going in, Troy Ave has preached taking hip-hop back to a simpler, more idyllic time when New York ruled hip-hop with an iron fist, dictating the direction the culture headed rather than constantly trying to play catch-up. This playing-to-the-base rhetoric has helped him gain traction amongst old heads who have had enough of weirdo rappers taking hip-hop in a direction that they neither care for nor understand. When Troy Ave fishes for brownie points by bitching about the fact that Kendrick Lamar wears his shorts above the knee, hes essentially playing the same bullshit card as when some bozo in a garage rock band complains about dudes getting on the radio by using synths. Hes consistently earned positive press from MTV News, but the vast majority of the posts have been written by a writer named Rob Markman, whose twitter bio reveals that he and Ave have the same manager. Connections such as these help forge the illusion of Ave having a movement in the city, but they do little to actually help him gain traction in terms of convincing actual human beings with ears and brains (which rap journalists are not, generally) to listen to his music. If youre wondering why Troy Ave writes checks he continually is unable to cash, a cursory glance at his music reveals why. His music isn't actively shitty, it's just that all of his ideas are recycled; simply retreads of things that other, better New York rappers have done in the past. Its not that New York rap has to constantly be innovating or else it cant be done well; far from it. Look to the work of careful craftsmen such as J-Live, Cormega, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, or Meyhem Lauren, all of whom make great, classic-sounding records that work within the various paradigms of New York hip-hop without getting all preachy about it. The difference between those guys and Troy Ave, of course, is that while Troy Ave tells you what hes going to do and does it poorly, those guys just do what they do, and do it well. Meanwhile, dudes like French Montana, Chinx, A$AP Rocky, and A$AP Ferg who are actually putting on for New York understand that the point of artists like Dipset and G-Unit was to represent for the city in new ways, regardless of whether it fit the mold of old-school boom-bap or not. This is why Coke Boys and A$AP Mob are interested in sounding unique and exploring new ground, and Troy Ave and his BSB crew are conservative, make subpar versions of old songs, and wont shut the fuck up about how theyre from New York. Great rappers innovate, and shit rappers imitate. It seems that Troy Ave hasnt figured that out yet.

    • Anonymous

      "He is the last remaining living human who thinks its a good idea to solicit Memphis Bleek for a guest verse. One of the members of his BSB crew is named Avon Blocksdale." Ahahahahahahaha, now that's funny.

    • Anonymous

      They destroyed that boy no wonder he feeling salty! HAH. I'm not even a hating I fuck with some of his music but he needs to get real.

    • Anonymous

      LOL. Thats one of the best reviews I've ever read. Honest and to the point.

  • Anonymous

    they ethered this fool!

  • Iggy Fresh

    Troy Ave got a cool, slick voice, but that's about it. He needs to do more with it instead of just talking on the mic. His style is too lazy. He needs to step his lyrical game up, for real.

  • Ric

    I really wanted to believe in Troy Ave and every other NYC-reppin' rap dude to come along post-Big Pun, but I totally agree with the "Rap game George W. Bush article: Troy is booty; dude be doing Sorry ass, renditions (blatant rip-offs)of other rapper's songs of the past. Sorry, Troy, I'm just being real--gitcho shit together, B!

  • Ganji

    Troy Ave sucks, he is all hype.

  • Anonymous

    Can't say papoose and saigon never put it down, you gotta be heavy in the street to know ny rap or harcore hip hop.

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