Pastor Troy
We At War

pastor-troy-1.jpgEight years ago, a then up-and-coming Pastor Troy was eager to be heard. So he did what any rapper would do, he dissed one of the biggest artists at the time to make a name for himself: Master P. Playing David to the P’s Goliath, Troy took shots at the No Limit tank with his riot-inciting single, “No Mo Play in GA.” The ploy to gain notoriety worked like a charm and provided a modest buzz for the Atlanta native’s ’99 debut, We Ready—I Declare War. The album, which introduced a hybrid of crunk meets gangsta rap, birthed a loyal congregation of fans and spawned a musical collaboration with Ludacris (2000’s “Get Off Me”). After two more notable indie projects, Troy landed a three-album deal with Universal Records in 2001. Three albums and three years later, the Southern general only scored one crossover song, the Timbaland-produced “Are We Cuttin’” off 2002’s Universal Soldier. With his contractual obligations fulfilled, the Leader of the Wicked Church subsequently returned to his underground roots and dropped three more albums independently. Troy’s latest, Tool Muziq, was released this week through his new company, Money and Power. The LP, however, almost never saw the light of day due to its original title of Saddam Hussein. The controversial name drew protest from distributors and retail stores, forcing Troy to change it altogether. With drama abound, XXLMag.com tracked down Pastor Troy to discuss his infatuation with the former Iraqi dictator, the fallout that ensued and rumors he’s signing with Cash Money Records.

Why did you originally name your latest album Saddam Hussien?
When I did that, I was talkin’ about my position in the [rap] game. [Saddam] was known as the bad guy and [someone] who didn’t play around. [Retailers] took it out of proportion. They thought I wanted to take over the world or some shit.

Did you catch flack from the Armed Forces?
No. I got much love for the troops and they got love for me. The troops make up a lot of my fan base. They wasn’t trippin’ on the [original] album title, they was just waiting to hear it. They know I wasn’t rappin’ about no “I hate America” shit. I have a big military following.

In past interviews you’ve said that this is the album that you always wanted to make. What do you mean by that?
No censorship. I got all the tracks I wanted to use and there wasn’t any money issues. It’s everything I wanted it to be, no flaws on this album.

Is that to say you haven’t been making what you’ve wanted to over the last few years?
Not necessarily. As an independent [artist], you may not be able to get all the big name producers you want to use, but you can still say whatever you want, for the most part. Then on a major, you got the million-dollar budget, but they try to censor you sometimes. With this album, I was able to get the producers I wanted and say what I wanted.

In April, a North Carolina man killed two police officers and the authorities tried to blame his actions on him supposedly listening to your song “Murda Man” from Face Off II. What were your thoughts when that happened?
It was crazy because they really tried to play that up. I was fucked at the same time and his story was bigger than mine. They’ve been tryin’ to blame music for everything since 2Pac’s days. We sold 75,000 copies of that CD—I don’t know what the hell was wrong with his. My heart goes out to the families affected, but you can’t blame music for that. Everybody got problems.

How do you respond to folks that say you fell off after going major?
I’m just tired of folks talkin’ ’bout Troy this, Troy that, Troy fell off. I told myself, let me get in their ear again. People at the radio stations—the personalities—they all affiliated, so they can influence each other. I was hearing them sayin’ I was half-steppin’ with my music. People say I reached my full potential. I’ve been selling 50,000 copies with my independent albums. So, I really don’t know what they’re talking about.

Could it be because you’re not in the public eye as much?
I have real fans, though. I love my fans and as long as they know and respect me, that’s all good to me. But it got to the point where I’m thinkin’ like I’m the most feared rapper in the game. When you hear me next to these new dudes that’s out now, it’s like comparing real Air Force One’s to those plastic ones at the flea market. I ain’t got no calls to be on no Ludacris albums, Jeezy albums, T.I. albums… But when they were tryin’ to get fans, I was gettin’ calls. I was in this game by myself and I helped let them in. They needed allies. But now, it seems like I don’t have allies myself. I appreciate people like Chamillionaire, Rich Boy and Polow Da Don reaching out, though.

How has the transition from being a major label artist back to being independent been for you?
We was still eating good being independent. The indie game is the way to be right now. It’s like gamblin’, but I love it. The only thing I don’t get being independent is videos. But I’m about to shoot a video for “Hey Mama” [from Tool Muziq]. If we get some good videos under our belts, man, we might go gold with this album. After that, don’t call me no more, I might not wanna talk. [Laughs] But I’m not trippin’ off going back to a major right now. They gotta bring a Brinks truck. What I’m doing right now is setting myself up for a good position. There’s guys on major labels right now that aren’t doing what I’m doing.

Was there any truth to the rumors of you potentially signing with Cash Money Records?

I’ve been talking to Baby, Slim and Wayne. We’re all entertaining it to this day. Just for them to have the opportunity to snatch up anybody in Atlanta and want me—that’s respect. They know that my fan base is real and that I’m real about what I say. I ain’t no sell-out. It ain’t nothin’ for me to hit the club, from the Taj Mahal to a hole in the wall.

As a trailblazer of the Atlanta music scene, what do you think of the music coming out of the A now?
It’s so crazy. I’m not a fan of the shit now. Majors are coming in and they just want to eat. That Shop Boyz shit [“Party Like a Rock Star”] gonna make so much money off ringtones, they don’t care about what the album does. I been reppin’ this shit for 10 years. My first album came out in 1999. Since then, we’ve rapped about the dope, the cars, the hoes—all that shit. What now? After Tool Muziq, I’m doing a rock album. Mavado is my rock name; I got a real tight rock voice.

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  • young chris4x

    Cash money tryin to put all the southern rapperz on their label

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    i might check out the new album. anybody heard it yet?

  • losmane

    mane i wanna here that new pastor troy and that rock shit is probley gonna be off the hook

  • http://www.xxlmag.com mike from the wood

    Whut up Troy comin all the way from texas

  • steve

    feeling a little salty about ATL’s top 3 forgetting about you after their solo lp’s huh? he’s got a point though, when pastor troy dropped on t.i’s first album it did further validate his entry into the game. same thing with the luda/PT joint on back for the first time.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com mike from the wood

    yeah his album fiyyyyyyyya

  • Ryan

    “Mavado is my rock name; I got a real tight rock voice.”

    Maybe he should have saved the name “Tool Muziq” for that album………

  • jacquez
  • T-Boye

    “Mavado is my rock name; I got a real tight rock voice.” Sorry Troy, but there’s a jamacian dancehall artist with that name already

  • http://www.yahoo.com Highway Ridah

    Real dude from the “A”, indie is the way to go

  • Purple Hulk

    PASTOR TROY IS A LEGEND IN HIP HOP.
    BUT HE BETTER NOT START DOING ROCK MUSIC, THEN I WONT BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO HIM ANYMORE, I CANT LISTEN TO SOMEONE HELPING EMOS TAKE OVER HIP HOP.
    IVE BEEN TELLING MOTHAFUCKAS FOR YEARS THIS IS A PROBLEM, NOONE EVER WANTS TO LISTEN

  • fireforreal

    Fuck Troy.His music has always been garbage and just because your around for ahwile doesn’t make you a legend,nuff said.

  • triplesixninja

    well uuuhhhh huuuh!!!!

  • timboski-dsgb

    troy the shyt. fuk all u haters and lamez nigga. the south has risen to a new level. BRAGN YO ARMY BITHC!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/solga912 timboski-dsgb

    troy the shyt. fuk all u haters and lamez nigga. the south has risen to a new level. BRAGN YO ARMY BITCH!!!!

  • Doctor69

    FUCK THE SOUTH !!!!!FUCK THE SOUTH!!!!

  • Doctor69

    FUCK THE SOUTH !!!!!FUCK THE SOUTH!!!!

  • chris

    yeah, new pastor troy album, “Tool Muziq”… sick as hel, crazy album, one of the best hardcore southern albums to come out in a long time

  • http://yahoo.com willz

    pt is a real nigga. he aint like all these r&b rappers on the radio. t.i goin commercial to. big ups to pastor troy and all my real niggas in da game! well uhhhhh huuuhhhhhhh!!!!!

  • west side till i die

    FUCK THE EAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    FUCK THE SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WEST SIDE TILL I DIE
    BITHCES

  • B dizzle aka lil columbia Tennessee

    this shit iz real fucc all tht east coast bullshit the south runnin this rap shit

  • http://xxl darkside513

    pastor troy is gansta as hell, he one of my favor dirty south m.c’s and i don’t have many.

  • doctor69

    hey fake doctor69 stop using my name I like troy fuck this faker

  • sharkndawater

    First off i wanna say
    FUCK Doctor69, keep eating pussy & sucking dick.
    And FUCK FireForReal. both of ya’ll so hoes and don’t kno real muziq. you probably bumpin that rhianna umbrella shit..

    second… Troy is a muthafucking legend and the True King of the South

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Co-Sign his military following..go to J-Ville NC and see how niggaz act when Vice Versa comes on

  • DJMOB601@GMAIL.COM

    PASTOR TROY DID HAVE A POINT WITH LUDA, TI, HE WAS ON LIL JON KINGS OF CRUNK. BUT AFTER THAT PEEPS STOP FUCKING WITH HIM. TROY JAMMING HE BEEN PUTTING IT DOWN. ONE MORE THANG FUCK ALL YOU THAT HATE THE SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ziggy

    Yo nigga the south is savin hip hop boi. Reppin Atown rite ere nigga….i twist an A in da air eretime i hear dis nigga..

  • doctor69

    ty shark for disrespecting my doubleganger for being a doc69 wannabe like I said I like troy and real hiphop artists from the south not that shop boys d4l shit second fuck you miss piggy you still a bitch on the dipset dick now holla at ya folk

  • http://www.selfmaderecords.com MURDER INC BO$$

    Troy sign with NO LIMIT OR TRU RECORDS
    squash that beef with Master P because all that Tank & War shit on your new cd is No Limit

  • Ziggy

    are you mentaly fucking retarted doc? da fuck does dipset have to do with anything? who said anything bout dipset?I live in atlanta city you stupid bitch i dont even listen to dipset? you got exposed and etherd in 3 other blogs and you still runnin yo mouth like a punk bitch….in the other blogs you goin round runnin yo mouth sayin how you supposivly from brownsville and sayin fuck da south now you sayin you like hip hop artists from da south? you some stupid ass bipolar bitch.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    Pastor Troy’s album might be the best LP of 2007

  • vegas player

    bang the hang man,jessie james gang,guns drawn at sun down the fun starts from one pound, the one ton of marajana,new era, vegas player blue lighting in a porsche carrara,this is all heart,this is my truest art from my dream team to my death do us part,break bread with convict…real fucking killers,get caught by cops with binnaculers, im un populer but still infultrate your social circle….you should just be carfull, im the dear hunter, it’s a tough winter this is real freindship…backdoor kicked in commando rambo, tahoe to lambo..thats when we gamble! YEAH IM A LYRICAL RAPEIST!…..WHO WANTS ITWITH THE VEGAS PLAYER!!!! WHO?

  • VEGAS PLAYER

    man fuck ether….nobody can out battle me ya stunts! chuuuch

  • Doctor69

    Excuse me haters im from gaysville u.s.a.,and yeah fuck da SOUTH!!!And i like TROY from down the street the dude with the PINK G-UNIT G-STRING under his kakis,KIND OF LIKE THE ONE I WEAR!Except mines got cock stains on em!!LOL!AND YEAH ITS ME IN EVERY BLOG SO WHATTTT!!

  • Doctor69

    Excuse me haters im from gaysville u.s.a.,and yeah fuck da SOUTH!!!And i like TROY from down the street the dude with the PINK G-UNIT G-STRING under his kakis,KIND OF LIKE THE ONE I WEAR!Except mines got cock stains on em!!LOL!AND YEAH ITS ME IN EVERY BLOG SO WHATTTT!!

  • Doctor69

    Excuse me haters im from gaysville u.s.a.,and yeah fuck da SOUTH!!!And i like TROY from down the street the dude with the PINK G-UNIT G-STRING under his kakis,KIND OF LIKE THE ONE I WEAR!Except mines got cock stains on em!!LOL!AND YEAH ITS ME IN EVERY BLOG SO WHATTTT!!

  • Doctor69

    i hate dipset in my dreams,in my moms basement,while i eat,during the shower, when im sucking dick i just hate them rich,bling bling wearing ass clean looking brothaz!!!!man im getting piseed thinking about them ,damn i need to get out my moms house yalll!!!

  • Doctor69

    i hate dipset in my dreams,in my moms basement,while i eat,during the shower, when im sucking dick i just hate them rich,bling bling wearing ass clean looking brothaz!!!!man im getting piseed thinking about them ,damn i need to get out my moms house yalll!!!

  • Stax On Deck

    Pastor Troy is well known in the A. I hope he getz a deal…

  • doctor69

    fake doctor69 get off my dick I now know its this fag called q bitch and as for you miss piggy what ether you gave me remember you threw in the towel on the last one your not comp you just another doc69 aholic need rehab because the puchline hit like an over hand right from bville boxers but I’m not the dude named zab from sutter ave but your style is boring like sucka from the gutta you to fallback and go suck you motha you fucker or grt fucking from a dude named bubba in your cell on the top bunk bed your dead its over battling you youu just another dickhead and fake doctor69 come at you bitchass

  • Ziggy

    ******** EXTEND ETHER OF DOC THIS IS THE LIFE ENDER ********

    k k i know this doc cant spit so im gon show you some shit ya gotta have flow to make it pro cause what you got nigga wouldnt even make it gold. nigga you must be like what 10, 11, maybe 12 years old. an we all know darks just your big bro.. cut the joke nigga before i cut yo throat. throw yo ass over ma boat an grab yo bitch an unlesh ma load…we all know you aint a mac but i pimp yo hoe. … and aint nobody up in ere sayin they bloods.. so quit the fake blood shit an show them niggas some love….cause i aint gunna cut yo head off im ripin you from the waist above. see what happens when push comes to shove. but im a monsta in this shit i aint evn gots to be touched.. but when you at the top you jus go after whats weaker than us… theres the diss now heres the spit. fuck that doc bitch, him an his faggot clique, bunch a little kids, comin on XXL actin all big. when the only thing big is my gun to his lips. scoop his bitch an have ma tounge on er clit. in ma zone all fixed pumpin some 3 6 shit. im a mafia nigga an you know this. know im rich. when i get down know how i get. know when i spit know its liquid cris.
    Doc ma fucka yo rhymes so boring, lines so corny i started reading two lines then feel asleep snoring. take a look at my life and youll notice glory, im a NSI nigga so important, nigga jus importin, loadin an unloadin that great white snow son, tell jeezy im a tru snow mon, show you how to glow son, catch ya boi wit 31 ballin in a cobra, beave, gam, n hood behind us puffin on that doja. pull ova an pull the pistols from the holstas we see a dark doc n the gats gon explode uhh.open brain surgery. nigga ya cant murder me. catch ya while you countin sheep then im off on a plane to germany, nigga ya better start learnin me, betta start burnin me. nigga betta bury me. come on quick ya better hurry g. you really startin to worry me, your lines were never worthy see. catch me copin bricks from a nigga i know in jerzy b, call the nigga fat hershy, twice a week we eatin squid an turkey. betta start murkin, creep,we comin thirty deep all in gucci jeans, bitch betta keep that pussy clean.im a true pussy phiene. i know im in yous pussys’ dreams. find you sleepin an red beams on yous pussy’s sheets. pussy please. see me at the strip club gettin a little pussy tease. grab your bitch an give that lil pussy piece. lable her pussy street. she start makin me pussy cheese. catch you in ma hood pussy freeze,nigga that aiight go ahead an call ziggy, smitty, cause up in my bank account there be like fo hundred milly. right beside mes a bitch so fine so pretty. nigga thinkin he fiddy wanna become biggie an try an hit me. excuse me while i rock him wit the two piece then in the back a the eye with the nine heat. nigga cant define me, cause im fin to melt you. black belt ninja shit im flipin off yo house boo, c4 by the pound ill make you niggas mouse food. someone said drought who? you dont wanna feel this, im ape im a true banana peela,prepare fo the take down cause im strapin up fo tha killin,im a killa,catch ya boi eatin five star dinnas wit a bitch i met in filmore,see ma face up on a billboard im livin tha life people try to kill for. step to me an bet ill kill four.know i wont hesitate to kill more.fuck that bitch cause im sellin crak by the sea shore,in the ocean swimmin next to a seahorse, wildin out on a jet ski takin a natural born sea coarse.puffin green trees forest,get it from my boy down the street free charge.call the nigga lil charles.inside my house all suade an new marble.so many bitchs three cars full.catch me wheres theres stripper poles an fish tank walls. Doc yous a cocksucka,true fag an yo sense aint even logical.park the hummer an pull out the jolly rancher lava car.open the sciccor votron lambo doors.change to da blueberry cotton candy lemon porche.an fuck nigga dont even start to mention yos.cause fuck nigga wit ma kinda money fuck i oughta bought 20 mo. ok im gon brin one fuk of a lyrical madness to the table im jus on a warm up. out ere warm as fuck. join ma team double yo luck. i started ridin 12’s now im gon double em up . ridin 24’s now im platinum plus. see me see a mobb boss in a platinum tux, im so gangsta what. Already know up here im one of the biggest ballas, ballin dropin the top on a appricot
    porsche boxter, gave a cherry red porsche to my barber, dont cut me its yo job son ill be back
    on
    the 3rd with a bird , 11th an 27th lookin fresh like a gangsta and no thanks to ya. nothin but hollow tips but you be shootin point blanks at chya brah. hah im so sick im gon fuck around an cough. eatin too much look out im gonna barf, so fuckin funny watchin you niggas sit there and starve neck so cold hurry grab me ma scarf. look at me you see a leader in charge. hustlin in the park. dont care if its sunny or if its dark. ill be there its ma job. tuck ya jewels cause im fin ta rob, anything that walks, all you haters stop, park and get off ma cock. oops you shot betta find yous a doctor walk rite up yo block hands out wavin my glocc and pop ya . heard the word and yous runin wit the cops huh . must of forgot cha no body fuckin wants ya. every nigga on eres fin to drop a fuckin bomb chump. an you dont know where to turn to . heard yous thirsty well my mercedes look like apple juice, viper look like apple fruit,jus ask me about the sour croute coupe. we all know about you an you fin to pop who.not you. drop the burner walk rght up an knock you.nigga you just got your whole fuckin block scrwed. boi you aint won nothin , check out my mustard cutlas, sittin on black buttons looks like im ridin on nothins. run from you nigga whos you frontin.and whats wit the school talk you writin your rhymes durin your lunch time. not me 5th grade i was gettin paid out side makin illegal trades. had lil drug runners called them niggas my drug slaves.give a fuck bout a drug raid..time to have a little fun in this shit, come out this bitch an have a lil fun with this spit, first i need to adress the issue with this faggot ass little kid, doc you nothin but a fuckin pussy, best bet was not to push me, jus pass a nigga kush weed, now i gots to expose you, n how you aint runnin the streets, only thing a nigga like you passin around is yo fuckin dieease… now time to clap this lil nigga an watch this dumb bitch bleed.sittin inside an apple cottan candy jolly rancher mitsubitshi lancer suade with the
    leather call it the pink panther, causin more damage then cancer, boys so hansome, girls catch a glimpse they be like god damm son. get em alone girls wit no pants on. holdin you niggas for hostage an doublin my ransom. doin at random steppin out the buttermilk phantom, this so easy you niggas aint even a challange, so stop, get lyrical, parked in a coco bwrown coffee drop. on yo block right infronto the coffee shop. girls be like ziggy you so cocky stop. then i remove the glock . pop . pop. uhh to me this shit way to easy, catch me on tv. actin all greazy. you ridin two when we be ridin 3 deep. 3d. takes your glasses jus to to see me. see these? sea green . this aqua lexus sea jeep. yo whole team seem cheap. see em leave, see the hate see the greed , nigga up in ere thinkin im talkin bout ma matchbox collection, nigga really jealous at the cars i be collectin,its jus ma job, its ma profession,bet the tropical lexus ‘ll send the message,my gift is truley a blessin,bless me, cause im headed in a different directin, up to New York state fo a be headin,be friendly,nigga im so fuckin deadly,im a fuckin legend.dont mention, cause i dont care bout no sentence.dont test me, cause you really the nigga in pink dresses.snitchin, you the nigga out der confessin,at ma weddin ma chopper ‘ll be ma best men. best friend,neva catch me without ma wepon,Now it is what it is an boi its truly ova, catch me puffin doja pullin ova in a coca cola rova. swervin from the purple tryin ta stay on the road huh. pop ma hood see neons in tha mowta. yea im from georgia but i still listen to tha clovas. know im the chosen an im always locked an loaded, the only one walkin florida an still be so frozen. i know im hot cause thats what im told son. an i know wit me you dont really wanna start. i get mean and green im bout the size of incredible hulk. money in such a bulk it gives me an awkward walk. ya boi from da souf some say i got an awkward talk. changin lanes in a peacock drop. dipin from the cops. im above im jus lettin ya know what it feels like at tha top…

    DOC HAS BIN ETHERD HE IS OFFICIALLY FINISHED PASS IT ON.

  • You Idoit

    Get a life you homo^^^^

    written a fukn easy to sum homo kid..
    who gives a fuk

  • Doctor69

    i dont rap, i mc!but i will rap my lips around ur dick!!!

  • Doctor69

    i dont rap, i mc!but i will rap my lips around ur dick!!!

  • Indeed

    Pastor Troy is Garbage and so is his fans.

  • Ziggy

    some esay…you straight up wacked…that talent rite there lil kid…obviously you dont see talent when it infront of you that why you probably pump faggot d4l all day you little bitch.

  • Danny

    Did you catch flack from the Armed Forces?
    No. I got much love for the troops and they got love for me. The troops make up a lot of my fan base. They wasn’t trippin’ on the [original] album title, they was just waiting to hear it. They know I wasn’t rappin’ about no “I hate America” shit. I have a big military following.

    ^^^
    I guess thats why your album flopped, all your fans were across seas and couldn’t cop the album huh?

  • Danny

    We sold 75,000 copies of that CD—I don’t know what the hell was wrong with his.

    ^^^
    Hahaha good shit….

  • Back Once Again

    Go peep the internets celebrity video if you wanna see the real Billy Sunday.

    Fat Hypocrite.

  • doctor69

    fake doctor stop it your still using my name to promote you gay agenda danny your still a bitch if pastor sold 75k he still outsells 2/3 of the bitch set now on to miss piggy you silly willy sucka punk busta talking coups and whipps but you just another white sambo trying keep me chained on a slave ship but don’t trip on the 44 lyrical shots to your dome wigger because you don’t want none you like linus in a pumpkin patch waitng on a imaginary savior for you to get sprung of your head your carrer is doa or like ronald reagen 4 years dead come trying to take my chick with your bars and lil bread forgot she don’t get down with fake wiggas named ned or should I say teddy rustskin because you still using audio tapes to do demos old ass system coked up like the late david ruffin ;but you still tempting me in to battle you and your white boy crew you just a trailor park bet junkie acting like you can talk shit to me like a bad kid in sunday school but you notg immune to this verbal asswhipping on the blog in the afternoon these just warning shots don’t make me gut you like a fisherman to a shark neck harpooned just a lil something next time i’m gonna play ecks vs sever and take you out headshots then your brains will be one with the pavement like raw hamburger meat on the street now back the fuck up and get the fuck off me miss piggy fuck you danny and the fake doctor69 aka you because why would you answer back the person you know not me faggot

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    He Got a Style..a different Flow i appreciate dat

    Respect

  • Doctor69

    anyone want to sign me to rinky dink records please man moms basement is getting small!!plus i ran out of ky!!

  • Doctor69

    and still fuck pastor troy!!!

  • Doctor69

    and still fuck pastor troy!!!

  • negros please

    troy will put people in there place and keep the homos on this page hatin with sore assholes haha ya homos are to funny.