Troy Ave - ‘New York City: The Album’
‘it was BIG, Jay Z now Troy Ave here after’
… Harry Powder aka Troy Ave. consistency and quality. quality and consistency. there’s something about Mr. Powder that the rap scene (specifically NY) has been missing for a while. not sure if it’s his sound, his charisma, the fact his verses are authentic, not sure what it is. but whatever it is, he has it. since taking his hiatus from music and coming back and dropping ‘Bricks In My Backpack 3’ (which was all flames), every single solitary project Troy has released has been solid, real, quality, dope, you get the idea. his debut album New York City the Album was no different. the project is a gem-filled masterpiece.
no skips, from top to bottom. NYC the Album delivers. the intro really gives you that NY ‘classic feel’. with smooth production by Mally the Martian, Troy Ave is giving the canvas paint the perfect picture of the ‘classic feel’. he doesn’t go overboard with features on this album, yet and still they’re still there. with the features he did have, the featured artist fit the tracks the perfectly. he grabbed frequent collaborators and BSB mates Young Lito and King Sevin, Tony Yayo, Pusha T, and the track ‘New York City’ is star filled with Raekwon, N.O.R.E, and Prodigy. but yet and still, the album is filled with gems.
whether it’s Troy Ave venting on ‘Me Against The World’, talking about the fake niggas on ‘Beneath Me’ and ‘Mama Tears’, validating his sound and separating himself on ‘My Grind’, remaking 50 Cent’s ‘In The Club’ with ‘Show Me Love’, lowkey gems like ‘Cigar Smoke’ and ‘Divas & Dimes’ or even ‘Piggy Bank’ with production by Harry Fraud…every single track on this project every song proves that the hype is real about him.
'Hot Out' has a dope summer sound to it. it really shows how versatile Mr. Powder can get when it comes to instrumentals.
a highlight from the album is ‘Everything’ in which he goes verse for verse with Pusha T. two real street niggas with their respective unique sounds, talking about real street shit over dope production …doesn’t get much better than than that.
another standout is ‘Regretful’. seems like no matter who the rapper is, if Araab Muzik is the man behind the beat then a quality story with emotion will get told. Harry Powder delivers three quality verses about his love life, and him flourishing over the hook with vocals that make you wonder if he can sing or not, just adds to the flames.
consistency and quality. quality and consistency. Troy Ave is the truth. NYC the Album proves this throughout the entire project. POWDER.