Troy Ave found himself at the center of controversy once again after the release of his “2 Legit 2 Quit” video. In the video, the BSB Records founder indicated that he’d testify against Hip Hop podcaster Taxstone, who was indicted for the murder of Ave’s bodyguardRonald “Banga” McPhatter. Social media responded by labeling Ave a snitch, but he disagrees with the criticism.
In a lengthy Instagram post listing off a variety of grievances, Ave defended himself and explained why he believes no can label him a snitch.
“Moral of the Story U could believe wat u want say wat u want etc. ion care bout u crabs in a barrel or ya hood mentality that ain’t gettin u nowhere in life,” he wrote. “#Facto the other side is Documented in court saying “It’s #TroyAve he’s the Bad Guy” As for me U can’t snitch on Video Tape, U can’t snitch on self defense #FreeTroyAve I’m innocent #FukTheOtherSide and whoever Love em cause “IF U WOULDNT PRAY 4 ME, SPRAY 4 ME, OR PAY 4 ME, IT AINT SHIT U COULD SAY 2 ME.”
Most people put in a situation where they gotta fight 4 they life woulda layed down and died that night, but I'm a soldier of GOD and this #GODSPLAN I been thru all this fake news try 2 tear Troy Ave down shit b4 1. Remember they said I shot myself & killed my best friend? Summa u believed it! truth came out yea! #FakeNews 2. Remember they said I only sold 4000 records & called it a L when in reality I sold almost 9k INDEPENDENT in a week (this is B4 trumped up Streaming #'s) made 90k so on a 4k budget = 86,000 profit! 1 week, they said that was a L? yea #FakeNews 3. Remember they said i was wrong for saying Its better to be the dealer not the user and it ain't cool to abuse drugs? #Facto (we lost 2 many good peopele??) now I see rappers everywhere Jackin dat? 4. Remember when most of New York City was Suckin DOWN SOUTH ARTIST Dick Tryna sound like them. Surfing they wave instead of lettin them flourish with they own sound that they created? I came thru INDEPENDENT saying all y'all NY niggaz wack 4 that. I look and sound like NYC 4real then I put a dead city back on the map without Dick riding and without a Major Label. Haters called me Cocky and Arrogant & because of my honesty & naiveness baited me into certain quotes for (click bate) 5. Remember when they took a 1hour interview where I was talkin real shit to y'all and to hide my message they twisted my words and said I'm saying I'm 2PAC? so I made #NuPac & another quarter million? Moral of the Story U could believe wat u want say wat u want etc. ion care bout u crabs in a barrel or ya hood mentality that ain't gettin u nowhere in life. #Facto the other side is Documented in court saying "It's #TroyAve he's the Bad Guy" As for me U can't snitch on Video Tape, U can't snitch on self defense #FreeTroyAve I'm innocent #FukTheOtherSide and whoever Love em cause "IF U WOULDNT PRAY 4 ME, SPRAY 4 ME, OR PAY 4 ME, IT AINT SHIT U COULD SAY 2 ME" L❤️V 2 all my fans & supporters it's #WeAgainstTheWorld 4Life PS. ya boi always come out on top! I take lemons and make lemonade , "haters ain't got enough money or fingers to count me out" #Realism Now Ima go harder! Video: PRAY 4 ME Director @moviemakingmila & @vtapeken
Ave’s “2 Legit 2 Quit” arrived quietly in December via his White Christmas 5 mixtape. But when the video dropped last week, it made news and spawned social media outrage with its depiction of Ave testifying in court.
At the 57-second mark of the video, an animated version of Ave is seen taking the stand. “I’m only loyal to my fam/ Middle finger from the stand/ It’s either me or it’s you,” he raps, which prompted many people to label him as a snitch.
Read Ave’s full Instagram post and watch “2 Legit 2 Quit” above.