Troy Ave Talks About Once Wanting to Sign to TDE
Troy Ave knows how to keep the conversation on him, and he's doing it once again after the release of his NuPac album that dropped last week (April 14). On the project, the Brooklyn rapper claims he almost signed to Top Dawg Entertainment following an alleged indirect interaction between with Kendrick Lamar when Troy was in jail.
According to his track 32-minute commentary track "Truth Be Told PSA," the New York native details how he was ready to sign with the West Coast label while in jail, but "the whole shit just fell through." We're not sure what exactly was said by Lamar, but Ave claims it was along the lines of "I see what you're going through, man. Send my love." Following the interaction, the MC called up his own then-manager Hovain to work out a deal with TDE. "I said, 'Yo, put the plan in action, man," Ave recalled. "We gonna go out West when I come home and we gonna sign with TDE,'" he explains on the track.
He then details how things didn't work out with the deal, explaining, "I always liked what they was doing," Ave said. "They kinda independent like us, but way bigger because they went and got with a major. They got shit that I like to see, like loyalty and unity, that type of shit. Cool. I give [Hovain] the whole play. Of course, he can't make that happen at all. At all. He doesn't make it happen. The whole shit just fell through."
This is pretty ironic coming from Ave, as the rapper once called K. Dot a "weirdo" in an interview from 2013, which has become quite a trend for him. He clarified the comment to the outlet, explaining, "Basically, when somebody acts different than what you’re used to… they’re weird. Kendrick Lamar wears shorts above his knees. I’m not trying to diss the nigga because I’m just speaking the facts. If someone said ‘Troy Ave is a rapper that drives a Benz. Troy Ave is a street rapper’ that’s true. And, you could say the same about Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and Biggie. There are a lot of niggas that are weirdos, that don’t mean there’s anything wrong with them being a weirdo or that they don’t make good music. It’s just the way Kendrick carries himself, he’s always wearing a hoodie, that’s some weirdo shit."
Troy also reiterated his statements when responding to Kendrick calling himself the "King of New York" on his "Control" record at the time. Ave stated, "Kendrick Lamar is just a weirdo rapper, so he has nothing to do with being the King of New York. When he said that line, he was basically reiterating a Kurupt line [from “Calling Out Names”]. He was just being lyrical. He said that, so I decided to say some shit that was factual and would make sense."
Listen to the 32-minute commentary track by Troy Ave below for more details on the alleged deal. He starts talking about TDE around the 14:45 mark.
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