Jason Bourne: As a Queens native who were some of the legendary figures locally that you were inspired by ?
B Troy: I was inspired by Nas and 50 Cent as far as local artists go. The way Nas would tell stories on songs really got me into the content and lyricism aspect of Hip Hop. As I went on to become an aspiring MC myself I always wanted to live up to that standard of telling great stories in my songs that people can relate to.
Jason Bourne: How long have you been recording professionally ?
B Troy: I’ve been recording professionally for about 10 years now. I would say for the past maybe 3 or 4 years I have really been applying myself to the process of perfecting my craft as a professional recording artist. I always joke that it was more of a hobby before and now it is something that I am pursuing as a career and livelihood.
Jason Bourne: Talk to us about your process in the studio.
I’ll listen to a bunch of beats looking for one that strikes a certain mood. When I do get that, I go right in with writing. I aim for the chorus first because to me it’s the most important part of the song and attracts the listeners. The chorus makes the people want to hear more. Once the chorus is locked in, I know how to build the verses where I incorporate the punchlines and the creativity.
Jason Bourne: Overall, how would you describe your brand of Music ?
B Troy: My music is generally Hip Hop but I don’t like to stick to just one genre. When I make music I aim to be relatable to a wide range of listeners, whether that’s within Hip Hop or not.
Jason Bourne: You recently had a successful single – Back & Forth; would you consider that one of the bigger records in your career ?
B Troy: I would say it definitely is. I feel as though it is the record that opened people’s eyes like “oh damn this guy can really rap.” The dope thing about it is I am so ambitious and focused that my goal is to top what I’ve done in the past. So in that sense I feel like my best is yet to come.
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