Who is Troy Ave?

Troy Ave is an American rapper best known to the world for his songs such as “Uhohhh”, “The Brooklyn Story”, and “Weatherman”, among others. He has released several mixtapes and two studio albums.

Troy Ave Biography: Age, Childhood, and Education

He was born as Roland Collins on 23 November 1985 under the Sagittarius zodiac sign, in Brooklyn, New York, USA – his stage name comes from Troy Avenue, a street near his childhood home. He was raised by a single mother, who had a tough time with him and his two siblings.

He received his formal education at New Utrecht High School and South Shore High School.

Career Beginnings

Troy grew up listening to such greats as Tupac, Dr.Dre and other rappers who inspired a whole new generation of young rappers. He spent the majority of his childhood on Brooklyn’s dangerous streets, where he met other rising rappers such as N.O.R.E. and Prodigy, among others.

Troy released his debut mixtape “I’m In Traffick” through BSB Records in August 2009, and the following year, he released his next mixtape, “Bricks In My Backpack”, followed the same year by “KFC (Kilos For Cheap)”.

He continued to work on his music in the next few years, building a name for himself with such mixtapes as “Bricks In My Backpack 2: Powder To The People” (2011), then “Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy”, and “White Christmas”, both in 2012. The latter became a substantial commercial success, making him quite famous in the New York area.

Rise to Prominence

Gradually, Troy’s creations reached more of the public, and when he was sure that he had enough new songs, he opted for a full-length release. His debut studio album “New York City: The Album” came out on 4 November 201, but failed to chart on the US Billboard 200, while it reached No. 47 on the US R&B chart. The album featured collaborations from such artists as N.O.R.E., Raekwon, Pusha T, Young Lito, and others, and the album’s success earned him recognition by XXL magazine, named the magazine’s 2014 Freshman Class.

Rise to Prominence

With the release of his debut album, Troy rose to international stardom – his song “New York City” with Raekwon and N.O.R.E. became a worldwide hit.

He continued to make new music, and released a string of mixtapes, “BSB Vol. 1 to Vol. 5” from 2013 to 2015. After this, he released his second full-length album, “Major Without a Deal” on 5 June 2015, which peaked at No. 109 on the US Billboard 200 chart, while it reached No. 14 on the US R&B chart and No. 13 on the US Rap chart, and featured collaborations with such artists as Cam’ron, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Ty Dolla Sign, ASAP Ferg, Snoop Dogg, Jeezy, and Rick Ross, among several other acclaimed artists.

Since then, Troy has experienced a number of problems with law enforcement, but has continued his career in stunning fashion, releasing 15 mixtapes, including “Free Troy Ave”, – while being charged with attempted murder – then “Roland Collins”, “Style 4 Free”, “More Money, More Problems”, and most recently “God Is Great Paper Straight”.

Moreover, he released his third full-length album, “Dope Boy Troy Vol. 2: NuPac” in 2017.

According to his social media post, Troy is currently working on a gospel album, and has sought help from his fans to name the upcoming album.

YouTube Popularity

In addition to his successful music career, Troy Ave is known as a podcast host. He runs his own podcast, The Facto Show on YouTube, and so far has more than 85 episodes, amassing more than 255,000 subscribers, and his videos have more than 118 million views.

Legal Troubles

In May 2016, Troy was arrested for attempted murder and illegal weapon possession. He was in the VIP area of the Irvin Plaza, waiting for the upcoming T.I. concert when shooting broke out in the VIP section of the event, and Troy was one of those who had a gun; even he was shot in the leg and ended up in hospital.

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The disastrous event ended with four injured and one fatality; the man who died was Troy’s friend and bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, who was 33 years old.

The surveillance footage showed Troy with a gun and a shooting. As a result, he was brought to court, where he pleaded not guilty and said that he was shooting in self-defense as an unnamed assailant attacked him and Ronald. He was remanded without bail, but ultimately released from prison on 11 July 2016. While in jail, he released the popular mixtape “Free Troy Ave”, about his imprisonment.

Troy has been feuding with New York rapper Joey Badass since 2015. The tensions between the two New York rappers started after Joey named himself as the #1 independent hip-hop artist in the world.

Troy disputed his statement, by saying that he is signed with the Sony Music subsidiary. This was followed by several diss-tracks from one to the other, and they even argued about Capital Steez’s suicide, who was Joey’s friend. Troy had a verse in the diss-track about Capital Steez’s suicide, and how poor Joey’s career is.

This only deepened their feud, and many in the music industry tried to stop their rivalry, including Fat Joe, but failed.

Net Worth

As of mid-2022, Troy Ave’s net worth has been estimated to be around $2.5 million, earned through his successful career as a rapper, during which he’s released more than 30 mixtapes and three studio albums.

Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single?

Troy is very mysterious when it comes to his personal life. His past and current dating life is somewhat vague, but after discovering a few past tweets made by the star New York rapper, all that can be said is that his love life isn’t the one you read about in books. Apparently he was cheated on multiple times in the past by a couple of women, and has nothing against being a single person.

However, Troy is also a single father to two boys, Renzo and Roro, but hasn’t talked about the boys’ mother(s).

According to reports, he is now in a relationship with a woman whose name is unknown to the public.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The prominent musician has black hair and dark brown eyes.

He stands at a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and weighs approximately 165lbs (75kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, though he has an athletic figure.

Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia

Troy is known for his luxurious look; he often wears oversized glasses, sports a thin mustache, and wears expensive chains and watches.

In his free time, Troy enjoys fishing, saying that it calms him.

When he is not writing or recording new songs, Troy is a businessman, and has launched his own clothing brand, GodIsGreatPaper$traight, which hit $100,000 in revenue just three months after its launch.

In late 2016, he was a victim of theft in which his laptop was stolen, and the thief then blackmailed him as he discovered an adult content video of Troy and an unknown girl.

However, Troy didn’t give in, and later released the same video in the form of a music video for the song “S*x Tape”.

In the same year, Troy was shot in the arm while sitting in his Maserati with his girlfriend. Luckily, his injuries weren’t life-threatening, though he was hospitalized, during which time he was visited by 50 Cent.

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