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Troy Ave, Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy

With this new wave of hip-hop talent spurting out of the Big Apple, Brooklyn rhymeslinger Troy Ave is certainly waving the flag for NYC street rap. On Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy, the third in the fan-favorite series, the rapper sticks to the basics lacing coke-inspired rhymes over sinister yet plush production eliciting an aggressive, gritty feel that’s been a longtime staple to New York rap scene.

“I ain’t gonna tell you, I’ma show you,” boasts the rapper on the opener “De Facto,” which perfectly sets the mood for the latest installment. Known for his unapolegtic cocaine rap content, hence his Harry Powder moniker, Troy rides high on BIMB3 flipping blow on record (“COKeAMAINA”) while displaying his swaggering street-smarts (“Shame”) and charismatic dope boy flair.

Over the powerful “Lord As My Witness,” Troy admits, “I know it stinks that I hustle but I gotta get the chips…Everything is what it seems, but yall don’t get it/Although I give it so vivid, I risk being convicted.” Filled with enough dope boy salvo to satisfy a feen’s fix, Troy’s latest installment sounds way more polished than it’s predecessors—which has a lot to do with the BK spitter’s good ear for beats. Keeping guest appearances at a minimum with Fabolous (“Merlot Pt. Deux”), Action Bronson (“Wheelin’ & Dealin’”) and frequent collaborators Chase N Cashe (“RNS”), Avon Blocksdale (“COKeAMANIA,” “N W yAy”) among others, Troy allows himself enough room, more so than on his previous offerings, to brandish his own lyrical darts and versatile skills.

As tracks like “Red Cup,” the Fabolous-assisted “Merlot pt. Deux” and “Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang” may remain eardrum fixtures, BIMB3 is sure to please old fans and round up new ones. #POWDERrrr. —Ralph Bristout (@XXLRalph)

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