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Lil' Troy
Lil' Troy
Troy Lane Birklett
Born (1966-02-24) February 24, 1966 (age 51)
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Hip hop
Rapper
1988-Present
Labels Short Stop Records, Universal Records
Website www.myspace.com/liltroywannabeaballer

Troy Lane Birklett (born February 24, 1966),[1][2] better known by his stage name Lil' Troy is an American rapper.

Life and career

Before his rapping career, Birklett was a drug dealer, who funded his music business with the money he earned from selling drugs.[] In 1988, he founded Short Stop Records and joined the group Mass 187 in 1995. Mass 187's song "Gangsta Strut" was featured on local radio.[3] He eventually was convicted of "using a communications device to commit a felony" and was sentenced to eighteen months in prison, and served nine months in Beaumont, Texas, federal detention after cooperating with the police and becoming a confidential informant.[4][5]

Lil' Troy, who featured in his songs many members of Houston's thriving rap scene of the late 1990s, managed to reach national audiences with his single "Wanna Be a Baller" produced by Bruce "Grim" Rhodes.[6] The song reached #70[1] on the Billboard Hot 100, and propelled his debut album, Sittin' Fat Down South, to the Top 25 albums on the Billboard 200. After the success of the lead single, Lil' Troy was picked up by Universal Music Group, which re-released his debut album in 1999 with a larger national distribution. The debut album was a success, as it certified platinum by the RIAA selling 1.9 million copies.[4][7] Lil' Troy released his follow up in 2001, titled Back to Ballin. This album did not contain a charting single and did not fare nearly as well as his debut. He released his third and to date last album, Paperwork, in 2006.

Discography

Albums

Year Title Chart positions[8] Certifications
US US R&B US Ind
1998 Sittin' Fat Down South 20 6 -
2001 Back to Ballin
  • Released: September 11, 2001
  • Label: Koch
95 24 4
2006 Paperwork
  • Released: February 14, 2006
  • Label: Short Stop
- - -

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap
1998 "Small Time" - - - Sittin' Fat Down South
1999 "Wanna Be a Baller" (featuring Fat Pat, Yungstar, Lil' Will, and H.A.W.K.) 70 40 31
"Where's the Love" - - -
2001 "We Gon' Lean" -- -- -- Back to Ballin
"Back to Ballin" - - -

References

  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason (2008). "Lil' Troy > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Family Tree Legends search
  3. ^ O'Connor, Christopher (October 27, 1999). "Label Head Lil' Troy Turns Rapper". MTV News. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Baker, Soren (October 8, 2001). "Lil' Troy, Free From Prison, Is Back To Ballin'". MTV News. Retrieved 2010. 
  5. ^ Mariani, Anthony (October 16, 2001). "Never Surrender". Village Voice. Retrieved 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/519361/label-head-lil-troy-turns-rapper/
  7. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Lil Troy Billboard albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database

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