Troy Ave is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York, taking his name from the block he grew up on. His website states that “after seeing a friend get caught up on a serious charge that he himself narrowly escaped, he figured it was best to take his talents off the streets and into the studio,” noting that he saw “average” rapper from his neighborhood make $100,000, giving him confidence he could make a name for himself.
Before releasing his debut studio album, New York City: The Album, in 2013, he had released nine mixtapes, the first being released in 2009. He went on to release 14 more mixtapes from that point through 2017, and was included in the 2014 XXL Freshman Class. In 2016, Troy Ave was arrested at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza for attempted murder and illegal weapon possession, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was temporarily released on a $500,000 bond.