It's Sunday, the eve of his new album -- the album that will quite possibly change Troy Ave's life from regional street rapper to coveted major label sensation -- but all he can focus on right now is whether New Utrecht High School's football team will make it into the playoffs. The 20-something Brooklyn native has a lot riding on this game; his little brother is star running back Jaleel "Touchdown" Brown, poised for any number of college football scholarships. The rapper beams, watching proudly with his mother. He doesn't miss a game.
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It's a sweet, markedly familial side of a rapper who has made his name pushing powder...literally. Deriving his nom de guerre from Troy Ave, the street he grew up on in Crown Heights, Troy has earned a growing rep with tales of gritty street life and hustling, especially the white stuff, as exemplified in his Bricks In My Backpack triptych. Things came to a head with last year's installment, The Harry Powder Trilogy, which catalyzed interest in Troy well beyond the block. His "Blanco" recently soundtracked an episode of HBO's Eastbound & Down and his new album New York City is being released in conjunction with Adidas.
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