Troy Ave speaks to Fox 5 about the battle for his freedom
Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, who is currently out on bail with an ankle monitor, just released his latest project Dope Boy Troy, and recently he sat down with Lisa Evers of FOX 5 NY at Jimmy’s NYC restaurant to discuss last year’s shootout at Irving Plaza for the first time.
“I would say to you that video doesn’t show what’s going on. I would love to talk with you more about it, but I’m facing a serious case-jail for 20 years,” he said.
Troy was supposed to perform with T.I. that evening, but according to both witnesses and his attorney, he ended up fighting for his life in a gun fight that resulted in the death of his best friend and bodyguard Ronald ‘Banga’ McPhatter instead.
In January, popular podcaster Darryl “Taxstone” Campbell, who has openly feuded with Troy Ave, was arrested on federal gun possession charges for bringing the weapon that killed Banga into the venue.
Troy also explained to Lisa how law enforcement has begun to undermine his career following the incident:
“I go do a show in North Carolina for CIAA and the police are phoning ahead, saying, ‘Hey you got Troy Ave booked at your venue? Are you kidding me? You know what this guy is about?”
Watch the interview in its entirety below. Dope Boy Troy is available on iTunes now.