Roland Collins started a prolific run of mixtapes toward the end of the 2000s. In 2009, he made his debut as Troy Ave with I'm in Traffick. By the time he was selected as a member of XXL magazine's 2014 Freshman Class, his BSB label had well over a dozen releases in its discography. The biggest release was New York City: The Album, Collins' first proper full-length, for many the introduction to the rapper's ruthless hustling narratives. Aided by appearances from Raekwon, Prodigy, and Pusha T, it appeared on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Another set regarded as an album, Major Without a Deal, arrived in 2015 and peaked at number 14 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In May of the following year, Collins was arrested for illegal weapon possession and attempted murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred at a T.I. concert in Manhattan. Collins, who was shot during the incident, claimed self-defense, and a mixtape, Free Troy Ave, was issued while he was remanded without bail. Eventually released on bond, Collins quickly returned with another 2016 tape, Roland Collins.
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