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Recognized for the lyrical self-consciousness, thoughtfulness, and sincerity he injects into his otherwise standard approach to Dirty South rap, Pastor Troy stood out among the masses of up-and-coming Southern MC trying to break out nationally in the early 2000s. Born Micah LeVar Troy on November 18, 1977, in the College Park suburb of Atlanta, GA, he grew up under the influence of his father, Alfred Troy, a principled man of Haitian descent who is a former drill instructor turned pastor. Street culture, and specifically rap music, also influenced Pastor Troy when he was a teenager at Creekside High School and, later, a student at Payne College.
Pastor Troy made his recording debut in 1999 with We Ready - I Declare War, an underground album released by Madd Society Records. "No Mo Play in G.A.," a Master P dis, drew attention to the album and earned Pastor Troy some initial notoriety. A pair of subsequent underground albums -- Book I and Pastor Troy for President, both released in 2000 -- set the stage for Pastor Troy's major-label debut, Face Off (2001). Released by Universal Records, the album was led by the non-charting single "This tha City" and included previously released material (e.g., "No Mo Play in G.A."). Also in 2001, the Pastor Troy-affiliated group DSGB (i.e., Down South Georgia Boyz) made its debut on The Last Supper, released by Khaotic Generation Records.
Pastor Troy's second album for Universal, Universal Soldier (2002), was his most successful. The album, his first comprised of entirely all-new material, boasted a couple Timbaland productions, including "Are We Cuttin'," which was released as a single. Lil Jon also produced a few tracks ("Who, What, When, Where," "For My Hustlaz," "If They Kill Me"). Universal Soldier charted at number 13 on The Billboard 200, while "Are We Cuttin'" broke into the The Billboard Hot 100 (number 96) -- both career highs for Pastor Troy. By Any Means Necessary (2004), the follow-up album, and "Ridin' Big," its lead single, couldn't match the commercial success of the previous go-round, and consequently Pastor Troy and Universal dissolved their partnership.
Once again an independent rapper, Pastor Troy began releasing a variety of albums at a fast rate: Face Off, Pt. 2 and Hood Hustlin': The Mix Tape, Vol. 1 were released in 2005; Stay Tru, By Choice or by Force, Down South Hood Hustlin, and Atlanta 2 Memphis in 2006; and Tool Muziq in 2007.
Micah LeVar Troy (born November 18, 1977) is an American rapper. He is also a member of the hardcore rap group D.S.G.B. (Down South Georgia Boys).
Micah LeVar Troy was born on November 18, 1977 in College Park, Georgia. His father, Alfred Troy, is a Haitian-American drill instructor turned pastor.
Troy graduated from Creekside High School, and attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, before deciding to fully pursue his career in rap music.Birchmeier, Jason. "Pastor Troy Biography". allmusic. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
He released his first album, We Ready (I Declare War), in 1999. Ludacris featured Troy on his album Back for the First Time in the song "Get Off Me." In addition, Pastor Troy is the front man of the rap group D.S.G.B. (Down South Georgia Boys). DSGB originated in Augusta, Georgia. He was also featured on the collaborative album Kings of Crunk by Lil Jon in the song "Throw it Up". Troy and then friend Lil' Jon reached the top of the charts in the south with songs such as "Vice Versa" and "Throw it Up". Since being in the music industry, Pastor Troy has been in public conflict with Master P, Lil Scrappy and The BME Click, and Sno, with whom he has since come to terms. In 2002, Troy's album Universal Soldier became popular in the South, especially with the song "Are We Cuttin'" featuring Ms. Jade, which was also featured on the soundtrack for the action film xXx that year. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, Troy appeared on Young Jeezy's 2003 album Come Shop wit' Me on the track titled "GA".
Troy later released one of his more commercial albums, By Any Means Necessary, in 2004. This album included the hit "Ridin' Big". Following this release, Pastor Troy was released from his Universal contract because of creativity disputes. He then released Face Off, Part II, which addressed some issues with Lil Scrappy and BME, adding new songs, and even remade some of his hits. In 2005, he appeared with Killer Mike on Chamillionaire's track "Southern Takeover" off of The Sound of Revenge.
Pastor Troy released three albums in 2006, starting with Stay Tru, then followed by By Choice Or By Force and Atlanta 2 Memphis, which is a collaboration album with Memphis rapper Criminal Manne. Stay Tru debuted at the Billboard 200 at #150, selling 6,000 copies its first week. Currently, Pastor Troy is signed with two record labels. SMC (Stay Tru, Tool Muziq) and Money and Power Records (Face Off Part 2, Atlanta 2 Memphis).
Pastor Troy released his 16th solo album, Ready For War, in June 2009, and released seven more studio albums up to 2011. On June 19, 2012 he released his latest CD entitled The Last OutLaw, also he starred in the film We Was Homeboyz which has not yet been released.
On July 31, 2013, he released another album entitled The Streets Need You which is in stores and for download online. Troy also made a video clip of the intro of his latest mixtape "Crown Royal Legend" on YouTube. Crown Royal Part 4 is set to be released on January 21, 2014.
Pastor Troy appeared on Judge Alex for the second time on February 14, 2014, having been sued for failing to show-up for a show per a written contact.
Pastor Troy announced his next album, Welcome To The Rap Game, on Facebook. It is set to be released on July 1, 2014.Birchmeier, Jason. "Back for the First Time" - Overview. allmusic: 2000. Birhchmeier, Jason. DSGB biography at allmusic Henderson, Alex. "Kings of Crunk" - Overview. allmusic: 2002. Cite error: The named reference amg was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Reid, Shaheem. Pastor Troy Reps For Georgia. MTV News: Sept. 23, 2002. D'Angelo, Joe. Elvis' #1s LP To Hit #1. MTV News: Oct. 2, 2002. "Come Shop Wit' Me" - allmusic Harris, Chris. T.I., Pink, Shakira Can't Shake Rascal Flatts From Billboard #1. MTV News: Apr. 26, 2006. Pastor Troy on MySpace
§Pastor TroyBook I (by Pastor Troy & The Congregation):
"Havin' A Bad Day"Face Off:
"This Tha City" "My Niggaz Is The Grind" "Move To Mars" "Throw Your Flags Up" "No Mo Play In GA" "Eternal Yard Dash" with Big Toombs "Oh Father"Universal Soldier
"Universal Soldier" "Bless America"Face Off (Part II):
"WWW (Who, Want, War)" "Where Them Niggaz At" "Respect Game"Tool Muziq:
§D.S.G.B.The Last Supper:
"We Dem Georgia Boyz" "My Folks" "Brang Ya Army" "Above The Law II" "Southside" "Repent"Til Death Do Us Part:
"I'm Outside Ho" "Sittin' On Thangs" with Taj Mahal