Troy Ave (born Roland Collins) raised eyebrows when he said he was the second coming of Tupac earlier this week in an interview with The Breakfast Club. He compared himself to the West Coast icon because of the shootings he’s been involved in over the past few years, including the Irving Plaza shooting where he was hit in the leg and his bodyguard was killed.
The BSB rapper is taking the claim a step further by announcing a new album called Dope Boy Troy Vol.2: NuPac. In an Instagram post, he revealed that the project is due out April 14 and he’s “airing everybody tha fuk out.” What appears to be the cover art for NuPac is a collage featuring photos of both Ave and Tupac in similar situations from their shootings.
a few media outlets with hidden agendas against us real ones done twisted what i said, and thru lemons in hopes of covering & preventing my true message from gettin thru to the masses! well ya Dope Boy Troy gon twist those into Lemonade & Serve it Cold! The Hate can't effect me cause I'm fearless, dedicated, faithful & righteous! Never Wait out the storm Y'all! Go Dance in The Rain💯 With that said on Friday April 14th Ima drop this [Street Album] titled: Dope Boy Troy (vol.2) #NuPac! I'm airing everybody tha fuk out! ….. These Ain't No Photoshopped Pictures, This My Real Life
Ave is out of jail on $500,000 bond and still facing charges stemming from the Irving Plaza shooting. He released the Roland Collins project while he was behind bars. Media personality Taxstone was arrested in January in connection to the shooting.
Dope Boy Troy was also victim of a shooting during Christmas when he was hit in the arm and head while going to visit his family in Brooklyn.