From a mainstream standpoint, It seems as if NYC as a whole in regards to the music scene is going through an identity crisis. But underground(which is NY’s cream of the crop) They had a pretty solid year with alot of new talent shining bright due to their stellar mixtapes. Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, ASap Mob held down 2013 along with the veterans such as Prodigy, Papoose, Ghostface Killah, Styles P, Fat Joe, Raekwon, and amongst others showed the Vets are still there.
But there was one kid who’s trying to carve his niche throughout the competitive jungle within NYC’s competitive rap scene and his name is Troy Ave. Residing from Brooklyn whom is home of legendary rappers such as the late Notorious B.I.G., JayZ, and Big Daddy Kane. Troy Ave is the epitome of what I looked to hear from a NYC rapper. He’s young, he’s brash, confident, UN-Politically correct and most importantly TALENTED.
His debut Album titled New York City is just the type of album that I wanted to hear from a New York Artist. He has that same similar hunger as a younger 50 Cent and at times sound very much alike him. I’m sure when you hear the song such as Show Me Love which features Tony Yayo would have people thinking Troy is a 50 cent clone. But as you listen to New York City throughout. You get a clear indication that Troy Ave is his own artist.
You can feel the touch of his hunger and his strive to survive the mean streets to beat the odds on songs such as My Grind, Me Against the World and Mama Tears. You can hear that 50 Cent was a heavy influence in the way he orchestrated his songs and speaks on the street life.
But It’s clear that Troy kicks that cocky New York Swagger in high is where New York City becomes more interesting. It’s clear that he’s not out to make any new friends in the Industry(Like Curtis in his heyday) and he even speaks on NYC’s becoming more followers instead of being trend setters. This has been a heavy topic within hip hop for the past year and Troy let it be known that this isn’t what New York City is all about on Cigar Music:
The Guest appearances play their roles perfectly and return to their gritty roots. Troy gives the veterans Raekwon, Prodigy, and Nore the platform to represent on the titled track New York City. It shows that Troy respects the cats who held down the City and gives them a chance to be reintroduced. Troy even went on to call Kanye and Kendrick Lamar “weirdo rappers” which is sure to keep the bloggers talking.
Pusha T continues to show why he’s one of the game’s Underrated spitters on Everything which was surprisingly produced by Bone Thugs N Harmony’s house producer DJ-Uneek. But Troy is the main star of his album and doesn’t let his appearances take his shine. He shows that he can make catchy tunes along with hit home with regular listeners on Regretful which takes about maintaining an up and down relationship. Ave’s hook game is eerie similar to 50’s but nevertheless its refreshing to hear because it keeps the trademark NY sound that we truly miss.
Overall New York City is a mixtape/album that is needed from a NY artist at this time. Troy Ave takes us on a trip through the big apple and rekindled the lost magic of the trademark NY sound without trying to recreate it. It’s a shame that he put this out as a free download because it truly deserves its numbers. If there isn’t an artist that NY need to put their chips in. It’s this kid from BK.
Vic Rating: 9 outta 10