Troy Ave Addresses TDE Rumor: ‘I Never Said TDE Was Going to Sign Me’ [VIDEO]
A couple of weeks ago, Troy Ave raised some eyebrows when he detailed a story about him wanting to join Top Dawg Entertainment on his NuPac mixtape track, “Truth Be Told PSA.”
On the 32-minute confessional song, Troy said he was humbled by Kendrick Lamar reaching out to him while he was in jail, and that he wanted to see if he could be a part of the TDE roster. Unfortunately, the “s--- just fell through” and he moved on.
After the song surfaced, TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith came out and said that no one at TDE talked to Troy’s camp about a deal and that it was "fake news." This, of course, made the Brooklyn rapper look like a liar.
Fast forward to Troy Ave's interview on Power 106's Los Angeles Leakers. The 31-year-old rapper insists that he didn't tell a lie and that the media twisted his words.
“The good thing about me is the truth don’t change. I never have to double back and change up my story and really explain," he said. "I never said [TDE was going to sign me]. I never spoke to anybody at TDE. But I’m sitting in jail, and it come to me, after Kendrick reached out, that was real, that was love, that was dope; he didn’t have to do that.”
Troy says that K.Dot's gesture motivated him to instruct his manager [Hovain at the time] to ask their friend journalist Rob Markman to reach out to someone at TDE. “I put plans in action, and unfortunately I’m sitting in jail and I can’t put no plan in action,” he explains. “So I’m depending on other people to put the play together, and they couldn’t. I would have no reason to lie.”
Elsewhere, in the interview Troy Ave talks about his NuPac mixtape, his latest business endeavors and being an independent artist.
You can hear Troy Ave's response to the TDE signing rumors at the 10-minute mark.