The Brooklyn rapper, real name Roland Collins, wore a bullet-proof vest while speaking with the Power 105.1 talking heads. Yet despite the five felony charges leveled against him stemming from the May 2016 shooting at New York’s Irving Plaza, the 33-year-old was not short on confidence issuing comments like “Being a real n***a is a handicap” or “I didn’t know how hot I was.”
During the 90 minute interview, Ave spoke about his current relationship with the surviving family of Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, who was killed during the melee. He also spoke about loyalty, money never being an issue and what he requires of anyone associating with him.
“If you wouldn’t pray for me, If you wouldn’t pay for me and If you wouldn’t spray me, then I can’t f*k with you,” Ave said. But what really got a rise out of the Internet was when Ave likened himself to Tupac Shakur.
“I go in the motherf**king clubs and n****s going crazy,” Ave said. “In the clubs, in the streets where they’re playing all the f**king trap music and all type of shit, n****s go crazy, ‘Oh shit, that’s Troy Ave.’ N****, it’s the second coming of Tupac. It’s NewPac. I go do shows, everything’s different. The handshakes is different. Women suck a n****’s dick different.”
Charlamagne–who normally keeps a straight face during interviews– furrowed his eyebrows and questioned if he heard Ave say what he thought he heard Ave say. It didn’t take long for Twitter to do what its known for and react to the independent rapper’s tall claims. Hip-hop purists and Tupac fans all issued a collective “Nah, bruh.”
— Mr.Gemini? (@RonG30) April 5, 2017
Troy Ave on breakfast club talking about an open case.
Meanwhile back at NYPD headquarters pic.twitter.com/rQzAve1vMm
— Darlene Turner (@Darlene26811165) April 5, 2017
“I’m tellin ya Marv, this Troy Ave stuff is GOLD. He’s a goner!”
“That’s nothin’. You know last night a kid tried to give me a Pepsi?!” pic.twitter.com/940MsLviUz
— #DiggyWitThaJiggy (@AlmighDee_) April 5, 2017
Troy Ave is the biggest embarrassment to NYC Hip-Hop ever.
— Al (@Al_Patron) April 5, 2017
Whether you’re a Troy Ave fan or not, comparing yourself to arguably one of hip-hop’s greatest rappers will at least merit you a side eye, if not worse. But hey, if you have 90 minutes out of your life that you don’t want back, listen to Troy Ave on The Breakfast Club below.