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Troy Ave Recaptures Some Old School Magic On ‘New York City: The Album’

"It was Big, Jay Z, now Troy Ave here after/But Kendrick Lamar's just a weirdo rapper," says Troy Ave on "New York City," his hometown celebrating single which features prototypical New York rappers Prodigy, N.O.R.E., and Raekwon. In a post-“Control” world, this would normally come off as the typical obligatory jab from a New York rapper, but that isn’t the case here. New York City: The Album isn’t the sound of an album that’s all that interested in the progressive rap conversation or even finding its own place in that conversation. It’s an insular affair that recalls the cold ruthlessness ...

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