|Country: ||United States|
|Artist Type: ||Rapper
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|Stage Presence Level: ||Professional|
|Performance Level: ||Professional|
|Dancing Level: ||Professional|
Perhaps it’s the way he keeps clubs turned up to the maximum with high-voltage hits like Atlanta anthems “This Tha City” and “No Mo Play in GA.” Or maybe it’s how he preaches conscious ghetto gospel over swift, piercing snares and bottomless bass drums on cuts like “Vica Versa” and “Move to Mars.”
Or it could just be the way he appeals to the masses with the crossover successes of the Timbaland-assisted radio-friendly jam “Are We Cuttin’” and “Ridin Big.”
Whatever the reason behind the remarkable accomplishments of his 11-album career, Pastor Troy has become one of the most respected figures in hip-hop today. Not only does he appeal to the mainstream masses with major label attention, but he also keeps his grassroots fan base satisfied with a slew of independent albums, true-to-life lyrics and trunk-rattling beats.
Now, after more than a decade of saving our sinful souls with fiery rhymes and chest-pounding production, the good reverend returns with a flawless testament to real rap music on his twelfth solo album, aptly titled King of All Kings. Distributed through Select-O-Hits on his own label Madd Society Records, he is set to drop on May 25 and aggressively cranks up his congregation with a seething self-title single “King of All Kings.”
“I’ve done songs and traded verses with every rapper that has come out of Atlanta,” says Troy. “I’ve opened the doors for a lot of other hungry young rappers to walk through after me. And with this album, I’m taking my thrown.”
Without question, he does just that with the seething track “Somebody Thank Me,” where Troy demands respect for his contributions to Hip-Hop. And he once again proves why he’s at the top of the heap when he teams up with Memphis mack Project Pat on “Cold As Ice.”
But even though Troy is known to lyrically crack skulls to the white meat, he shows his more sensitive side on “Georgia Peach” featuring J Holiday. And on “Back Roads” featuring Raheem Devaugn, he serenades a northern girl while winding through the dusty trails of the Dirty South.
“I always try to mix it up with my music. People know me for gangster rap music but I do so much more,” says Troy. “But I respect it too. If you’re that best at something, they want you to do what you’re best at.”
Born Micah LeVar Troy in the College Park suburb of Atlanta, Pastor Troy made his recording debut in 1999 with We Ready- I Declare War, independent album which got picked up by and distributed through Universal Records. Troy instantly gained national notoriety on the album’s single, "No Mo Play in G.A.," where he dissed the at-the-time reigning champ of Southern rap Master P.
Riding high off his success, a laundry list of albums followed. In 2000, he released two highly praised underground albums Book I and Pastor Troy for President. Then, he came back again with the Universal-distributed Face Off in 2001. In that same year, he struck again with his affiliate group DSGB’s (Down South Georgia Boyz) debut album The Last Supper.
Pastor Troy's second album for Universal, Universal Soldier, came in 2002 and was his most successful, charting at Number 13 on The Billboard 200. The album’s lead single "Are We Cuttin'" hit number 96 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Once again an independent rapper, Pastor Troy has released a small library of material from mixtapes to albums to chopped and screwed albums. Now with his latest offering, King of All Kings, Troy is ready to take back what’s rightfully his.