Troy Ave, who released the second installment of his White Christmas mixtape over the holidays, recently spoke with NEHip-Hop.com and repeated a statement he made in November by telling the site that “Kendrick Lamar is a weirdo rapper.” He also referred to Chance The Rapper disparagingly as a "drug addict."
Speaking with NEHip-Hop.com, Troy Ave explained a short-lived disagreement with Statik Selektah stemming from the producer’s voting for Chance The Rapper as rookie of the year in a recent poll. “I wasn’t feeling Statik the other day man because Complex had a list of some shit, and rookie of the year, he voted for Chance The Rapper over me,” Troy Ave said. “And I said I’m gonna tell’em when I see’em, ‘That shit you did voting for Chance The Rapper over Troy Ave was corny ‘cause I don’t see Chance The Rapper at your parties or featuring on your records, you can’t be fucking voting for drug addicts to be rookie of the year,’” he said in reference to the Acid Rap emcee.
“The game is twisted and fucked up. How is a drug addict gonna be at the forefront of rap? That shit is corny. Basically, he cleared it up, he said there wasn’t like a list of names for him to choose from. He didn’t pick him over me, they just asked him, ‘Who do you vote for?' and they had to send out a name or whatever.”
Troy Ave added that he recorded new music for Statik Selektah’s upcoming album and that the producer also appears on his own latest release. “Other than that, Statik is cool, he actually on White Christmas 2, he made me a banger man,” he said.
The New York City: The Album artist further clarified his Kendrick Lamar comments in the interview as well, adding that he doesn’t mean it as a diss. “Kendrick say he actually fuck with my music heavy,” he said. “I wasn’t dissing him or nothing, it’s like if somebody said ‘Troy Ave is a dark skin rapper,’ alright, that’s the truth. Kendrick Lamar is a weirdo rapper, you know what I mean? That don’t mean he don’t make good music, he got a few songs that I actually happen to like, but he’s a weirdo. Weirdo meaning different, you know what a weirdo is, you know what I mean. That’s what it is, it ain’t no dissing or nothing.”
Troy Ave made similar comments in November of 2013, beginning with a reference in a song called "New York City." “It was Big, Jay Z, now Troy Ave here after / But Kendrick Lamar's just a weirdo rapper," he raps on the N.O.R.E., Raekwon, and Prodigy featuring song. The rapper clarified the line when visiting the Hot 97 Morning Show with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds while promoting his debut album.
Adding a description of his plans to sign a record deal with a major label, Troy Ave speculated that having waited to sign a contract may amount to a higher paycheck in the end. “Yeah I’m gonna probably go with a major, I just want a money bag,” he said. “Long as I get that money bag then you know, that’s probably what’s gonna happen. They could’ve gotten me a little while ago for cheaper, they ain’t get me, so now they got to pay like I weigh now.”