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Troy Ave

Manager: Hovain Hylton
Company: BSB Records
The Road To The XXL 2014 Freshmen Cover: We was up for consideration last year. We were saying, this year we're gonna make it so we can’t get left off next year. Put out these tapes. We hit the road. We put out quality videos. We had a strong one on radio. So we made sure we didn’t leave it to chance. We didn’t want to take anything for granted. We had a song on radio and we were still going hard with the CDs. We were actually physically in the streets with CDs. We weren’t just leaving it to the Internet. The strategy was to leave no stone unturned. Really, just to go hard.

When Vanessa called us up to the office—it was me and Troy in the office. He was supposed to be there for his pitch and they was talking to him about why they should make it. He was like, "Man, I am not doing that. I am not pitching why I should make it. I’m hottest in New York, I should make it." He gon' make it, he gon' make it. If he not, fuck it, we don’t care. She was like, "Oh, I’m joking! He made it."

It wasn’t really a pitch, it was just saying why he should make it. Facts. "I should make it because of this. If not, fuck it. I don’t care. I am going to be a millionaire anyway." It was the truth. It was like watching somebody. You like watching a movie, and you agreeing. "That’s right. You should have made it last year." But whatever, we didn’t make it last year. When we started talking this year, it was just like watching someone tell the truth.

It was validation. People try to act like XXL Freshmen ain’t shit. That shit is a fucking benchmark. It’s a standard. This is something that they can never take away from you. XXL Freshman Troy Ave. It’s like you won an Oscar. Like, Oscar-Winner. These are the things that you want to have along the way to a successful career. Being in the NBA, I want the Rookie Of The Year. Then I am gonna get the MVP. Then I'ma get a championship. Now, I’m one of the Freshman. I'ma do this deal and make some hits. We always remember being a Freshman. That’s something you want. You are not being honest with yourself if you are a rapper and you say you don’t care. You don’t care? You do care, but you just don’t think you are gonna make it. —As told to Eric Diep
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What was B.G. like in the studio while making this album?
All throughout his career, he's always has been a beast in the studio. When we was doing Chopper City In The Ghetto, he already had the name of what he want it to be. He wanted it to represent his block. So he went extra hard on what he was doing. A lot of stuff, the craziness is this: everything he was rapping was true to form—everything he was saying in those raps—and dude was really living that. We just took it as, Man, this dude is a brilliant rapper from the ghetto point of view. He was really telling his story. Chopper City In The Ghetto, a lot of it was B.G.'s real story.

A lot of songs would [start with] him rapping a capella first. We never really knew where dude got his songs from. It [would] just be like, “Hey man, I got this idea, I’m coming through tonight.” He would come through and start rapping a song, [and] I would just fill in the blanks. I’m like, "Okay dude, just tell me what you want to talk about." And he'd be like, "This is what the hook is going to be like, and this is going to be the first verse of it,” and from there I kind of just groomed the music around what he was staying.

Where did y’all record?
We recorded everywhere. We recorded Chopper City In The Ghetto in a house that we was living in. Two studios; I want to say one of them was around St. Charles St., one of them was around Canal St. We probably did that album in 2 weeks. That was the norm for a Cash Money album.

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"The Dreamer"

Artist: Common featuring Maya Angelou
Lyric: "Once you find your shoulders dropping/And your speech gets slow and hazy/You better change your way of being/Before you found your brain got lazy/You can build a better future when you join the winning team/If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream" —Maya Angelou

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When did you get started working on it?
JB: About March 2012. We had our first cut done in May of last year, so we turned something around pretty quickly. And obviously there was a bunch of archival [footage], and there had been a production that had begun work in 2010 that got shelved, and I worked with them to hand over their footage in exchange for credits, so we kind of had a strong base to start from. But all the interviews in the film were all original interviews. It was definitely an exhaustive process, and there was a remarkable amount of footage that we had to work from. We had a couple hundred hours of footage with the archival stuff and what we shot.
When did you get started working on it?
JB: About March 2012. We had our first cut done in May of last year, so we turned something around pretty quickly. And obviously there was a bunch of archival [footage], and there had been a production that had begun work in 2010 that got shelved, and I worked with them to hand over their footage in exchange for credits, so we kind of had a strong base to start from. But all the interviews in the film were all original interviews. It was definitely an exhaustive process, and there was a remarkable amount of footage that we had to work from. We had a couple hundred hours of footage with the archival stuff and what we shot.
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Madlib Is Releasing An Instrumental Album Called ‘Pinata Beats’

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