Pastor Troy Biography
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Pastor Troy is in his studio, eyes closed, arms swaying, lips parted slightly in a mischievous smile, dancing like a man overcome by the Holy Ghost. He's oblivious to his surroundings. All that matters in that moment is the music and the words bouncing off the studio walls.
At the end of the song he snaps to, looking around the room with a full-blown grin. "Whatcha think?" he asks rhetorically. "Am I on the right track?" He instructs the engineer to put on another song as he resumes his ritual, sinking once again into oblivion. Or so it seems. But anyone, who has heard his music or followed his career, knows that Pastor Troy is far from oblivious. He knows exactly what's going on around him. He knows his audience. He knows what they want. And he knows how to deliver.
He also knows when to shift gears and this time around, he's doing just that. Listening to his new CD, Pastor Troy: Starring In The Universal Soldier, it becomes clear that Troy is no longer preaching to the choir. Instead, he takes aim at the unconverted, the nonbelievers and gives them a deliciously devilish dose of their own medicine.
"I went left field," says Troy, describing the songs on Universal Soldier, a CD that is without a doubt the rapper's most creative, incisive and provocative work to date and one that will certainly solidify his already loyal fan base while garnering him a new sect of believers.
With representation by much-touted producers Timbaland (Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliot) and Jazze Pha (Toni Braxton, Nappy Roots, Eightball and MJG), Universal Soldier finds Troy mixing it up with a new crop of music makers. But the sound is still recognizable, still true to the renown get-crunk-represent-the-dirty-south style that he introduced with his 1999 debut We Ready-I Declare War and 2001's Face Off, his first release for Universal Records. I just wanted people with the biggest sound," Troy says of the producers he selected. And he says he thinks his fans will be pleased with his choices. "I keep it real," he says emphatically. "I'm not worried about my fans' reaction. If anything, they're mad at me for staying down so long, saying, 'Troy, go on and go to the people in the limelight, just represent...I just wanted to go and capture everybody and bring them back to what I specialize in. I wanted to go and make it more radio accessible. I want everybody to hear it and then once they get the CD, they'll know what Pastor Troy is all about. It's just about covering more ground."
Born Micah Levar Troy in College Park, GA, Troy, 24, was the son of a drill sergeant-turned-pastor who laid down strict household rules and made sure his son was introduced to the church at an early age. But like most kids on his block, the young Troy was also exposed to street life. It is that dichotomy, that contradiction of influences that continues to be reflected in his music today: the respectful preacher's kid who knows better but can't resist indulging his naughty side; the gentlemanly boy next door who seems oblivious to the wiles of his street corner friends but, in actuality, is far craftier than they could ever be.
On Universal Soldier, Troy flirts with religion in one breath, embraces street life in the next and somehow manages to treat them with equal reverence. On songs like "For My Hustlers" and "I Pray For," he speaks passionately to his congregation of brethren in high and low places:
"I pray for peace and equality, opportunity/ Everything that I feel is due to me...I pray for niggas with nowhere to stay, putting people on the street every other day/It's people starving right here in our country man/Yet they still drop food in Afghanistan...I pray for the congress, I pray for the president/I pray for the nigga locked down with no evidence/It's all gon' be straight cuz, it's all depending on the level of your faith cuz I'm prayin' for ya."
On the braggadocios "I'm Cold," Troy teams up with R and B singer Nivea (a former high school classmate) for a slowed down groove that borrows from Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" (the same sample used in Mary J. Blige's "My Life"). "I got a bad reputation for what the music does in the clubs and stuff," says Troy proudly. "With this song, I'm just trying to get people to hear me out one good time. If you don't like the tear-the-club-up song, skip that one. This one might be the one."
Two exciting tracks on the set are both the Timbaland produced "Ex Factor" - a song that combines the uniqueness of both artists' styles into a perfect head bobbing blend and, "Are We Cuttin" featuring MS. Jade (the single is also the lead single from the soundtrack to the new Vin Diesel film XXX!) "I met Timbaland down here at a video shoot," says Troy, recalling his first encounter with the producer. "He already knew about me and I was like, 'Man I want you to produce on my next album.' We exchanged numbers. He was down with it. He knew my history and my background...He was excited about how I flowed and I was excited about how he produced. We were just popping it out like it wasn't nothing."
Other standouts on an album full of explosive, jaw-dropping performances
include the Lil Jon-produced "Who What When Where," a song Troy refers to as a "war cry" ("That's just Pastor Troy raw and uncut"); "When He Comes," which includes a prayer by the rapper's father, the original Pastor Troy; and Jazze Pha's "Undefeated," a cut that Troy simply describes as "crazy." Troy says many of the songs on the album took root in the deepest recesses of his creative psyche, a place that he sometimes doesn't even recognize. "Sometimes I write, and I'm like 'what was that for?' but it came too fast to me not to be what's supposed to be said so I just let it roll."
Since his beginnings, Troy's ascension in rap has been steady, earning him the respect of his peers and his fans. And for the most part, he's gotten by on his good looks, southern charm and undeniable talent. No high profile camps, no celebrity cliques, no coattails dragging him into the spotlight. "I've been pretty cool," he says humbly. "When I get on top of the game, I wanna know that I climbed the mountain, that I didn't just get dropped off on top of it. I wanna climb."
But for now, Troy says he doesn't mind being on the fringes of the hip-hop circle - a fact that is destined to change, however, with the release of Universal Soldier. "It's all for the good because if you're on the inside sometimes you can't see everything. From the outside I can look at the whole picture but then I've got a little insight about the inside too. It's cool. I keep it true. Everybody knows I'm from the heart; they can't deny that."
And everybody knows that whether he's positioned inside the industry circle or standing on its rim, Pastor Troy is not at all oblivious to his surroundings. He knows exactly what's going on around him. He knows his audience. He knows what they want. And he definitely knows how to deliver.
Thanks to CamaCausey / email@example.com for submitting the biography.
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Ms Balla | Reviewer: Whitney Johnson | 1/22/13
Hey Troy I hope U! this when first saw u U was in a casket rapping and I was young as hell but I just thought dat was so.Gangsta I was like O my!U know of a childhood friend of mine he is fat as hell came to your house and asked if you had a vending machine. I hope I have the pleasure. Later Boo.
where can we purchase ur movie we were home boyz | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/12
yes me and my husband and others wandering where we can purchase ur movie we were homeboyz..my husband is from alanta georgia he just got back from afganistan that was his4th tour and we been trying to get that movie since he got back from afganistan but we station in hawaii now so please get intouch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org we will really appreciate u help us get that movie!!! thanks
all u hatin ass nigga | Reviewer: Sean | 2/21/12
Man stop hatin on the pastor they just mad kuz day anit got no money like troy do. And hell yea troy got every rapper i ever heard beat besides tupac by a big ass lane slide. pastor troy song no mo play in GA, pt 2 is bad is hell and dat song i want war oh shit yea its the shit no bullshit. If u like da pastor's musik yall should list to i want war man dat shit right dur is a bad ass song man on me dat shit go hard is a mutha fuka troy anit speaking no bull shit he tell people fukin reality.
Pray for Troy | Reviewer: Minister Joe | 11/8/11
I pray that Troy will eventually come to the light and be a powerful witness for Christ. If you like real Christian rap, check out shai linne, timothy brindle, stephen the levite and other rappers on the Lamp Mode label.
favorite rapper | Reviewer: floridagurl | 12/13/10
from when i was a git (lil kidd) i loved pastor diaster. he was always and till this day my favorite rapper. u da only rapper i know till this day dat aint neva turned commerical. never changed ya style jus so u can sell cd's. man i always wanted to meet you. you came to my hood one year. listen ing to ppl saying you wasnt gone show i didnt go and you was der. all i wanna do is take a pictuer with p.t crusier and shake that nigga hand.
let da pastor preach!!!! | Reviewer: rello noblin | 3/12/10
yeah yo...diz ya boi rello from da sip 601...mane datz my dude...he speakz what many don't understand az humanz...and he just speaking what on da mind...and heart of every human...i alwayz be on da team troy...can't nobody break it up...nobody...mississippi 2 atlanta nigga...rello..ova n out...
Pastor/Beast | Reviewer: Chris Robinson | 10/21/09
Pastor Troy is and will always be my favorite rapper. Pastor Troy is the best rapper because number one he always gives thanks to God and mentiones him in his songs. all of the rest of these rappers are wack and Troy is real.
The Man | Reviewer: Tim Davis | 9/4/09
Pastor Troy Is A Really Intellegent Guy. He Makes You Think And Makes You See With Your Own Eyes. See The Government Controls Everything The Show You What They Want You To See, And They tell You What The Want You To Hear. Use Your Eyes Man. Sure Some Of His Songs Might Be Amped And Gangster Like, But You Got To Remember He Has To Sell Albums. But After The Cars, Jewelry And Hoes He Get A Chance To Deliver Real Insightful Songs. Songs That Could Be Relevant To You. Songs That Lets You Know He Too See The Corruption. But Can't Nothing Be Done About It Until We As Americans Etc, We As Humans Take A Stand.... PT Fan 4 Life.
Dishonest and Disrespectful | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/09
I met Troy in 2003 and we had a really awesome relationship for about a year, that is until Pete, one of his supposed team mates in the DSGB camp told me about Troy's wife and all his outside of marriage kids...what a loser..we obviously stopped speakin and i never even told him why...if he ever reads this "He will Know."
Pastor Troy ant shit | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/14/09
Pastor Troy is a loser. He is married and has kids with his wife and she had to move back home because he dosent take care of them. He also has 8 other kids that he dosent take care of thats why he is always in jail. Pastor Troy is not welcomed in alot of places in Atl because he never has any money to pay for his tabs and people just dont like him because he is fucked up. His whole crew is a bunch of losers. Pastor Troy Sucks and so does his music!
biggest fan | Reviewer: chauntese | 6/13/09
pastor troy i love your music and your style i think that u r very unique and that u dont get as much credit as u should. i love all your albums and also like how u make certin songs 4 tha ladies.i will always contiue 2 by your albums and support your music.
Why | Reviewer: A believer | 5/30/09
I really thing this guy has no Holy Spirit in him. In this article it says that it looks like he has the Holy Ghost. I don't think so. God if he really know Him, God would not want you to use Niggas and pray in the same sentence. The word is not positive no matter if you can say it because your not saying it in a bad way. God is love, peace and mercy. I think he should change his name to lost troy because his message is the same of all the rappers who try to get record sales. I feel really sad for the people who listen to this and think that God is in his music. God is Holy and a pastor is also Holy trying everyday to please God. This guy is pleasing his pockets get fatter. I think he probably started trying to send a good message but he must have got lost. I don't know why he is holding a Bible. Its not if you hold it its if you read and understand what it is telling you. My review is that he is lost because he does not know what his name represents and what he is trying to say. I give him a 0 out of a million. 1 million thumbs down.
Pastor Troy | Reviewer: Tim Tim | 9/18/08
I been ridin wit troy since we ready i got every cd n dats my nigga hands down hardest rapper ever i fucks wit him da realest nigga ever my favorite line Off of the rip I'm snappin like a columbine Never will I hesitate Georgia on my liscence plate Thankin' bout you underweights I'ma run through ya No ski mask I'm just gon motherfucking do ya he just real i can relate to him keep um comin PT
~ yo biggest fan ~ | Reviewer: Tscott~aka~Miz.t`baby | 11/30/07
'Oh my God' I love you Pastor Troy! I love all your tracks but TOOL MUZIQ is hittin hard. I love that track called "NO MONEY". I wish I could get a chance to met you just to tell you how I became you biggest fan.
I think I'm in love.... | Reviewer: Katrina Hughes | 8/29/07
I have loved the Pastor's music from day one-but-more important than that....I am extremely attracted to him. I know he's taken but I have always felt that if he and I met, it would be something magical...
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