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Troy Ave speaks out about Irving Plaza shooting

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It was supposed to be the biggest night of Troy Ave’s rising career- performing on stage with hip hop superstar T.I. before a hometown crowd.

Instead, it turned into a nightmare with him and two others shot- his best friend killed, and a viral surveillance video he said gets it all wrong. In his first TV news interview, Troy Ave told Lisa Evers he fought for his life. Now, he’s fighting for his freedom.

Lisa Evers sat down with Troy Ave to talk about the Irving Plaza shooting that occurred last May, just as his career was about to take off.

“I was going there just to build on my dream. I’m in New York City. Got a show- that made it independent,” he said.

Instead, shots were fired inside the green room, leaving his best friend, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter dead. Troy Ave was shot in both his legs and two others were wounded.

It wasn’t long before the surveillance video was released by the NYPD. In it, Troy Ave appeared to be the one doing the shooting, but some observers said he was defending himself.

“I would say to you that video doesn’t show what’s going on. I would love to talk with you more about it, but I’m facing a serious case-jail for 20 years,” he said.

Troy Ave is out on bail with an ankle bracelet, on attempted murder and weapons possession charges. In January, hip hop podcast personality Darryl “Taxstone” Campbell, who long criticized Troy Ave, was arrested on federal gun possession charges for bringing in the weapon that killed McPhatter.

Troy Ave is trying to move forward, despite the heavy charges hanging over his head. He dropped a new album, “Dope Boy Troy” on iTunes, and has been doing some shows, but not nearly as many as before the shooting.


Notorious B.I.G. celebrated during Nets, Knicks game

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The life and legacy of music legend, Biggie Smalls was celebrated in Brooklyn Sunday night.

It was a big night in Brooklyn.

Barclays Center went all out to pay tribute to one of the greatest rappers of all time, Notorious B.I.G.

It was one of those moments where everyone thought the same thing: Hip Hop history in the making.

Hip hop’s greatest stars were there to pay tribute to the achievements of Christopher Wallace, best known as Notorious B.I.G.

“That there is a lot of love, I was surprised to see all this,” said Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace.

“It’s just overwhelming to see all this. To honor him is mind-blowing and humbling,” said music mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs.

“You can’t put any of this into words, it’s all beautiful,” said Faith Evans, singer and wife of Biggie until his death.

The special event required special merchandise, from cupcakes to t-shirts and clothing.

Biggie’s children were there too, and the crowd erupted when Lil’ Kim’s name was announced.

“Honoring Biggie means the world to me, I’m glad they did this,” she said.

The event also commemorated Biggie in a long lasting way that will keep his legacy alive and affect kids for years to come. On behalf of the Christopher Wallace Foundation, the Nets refurbished the gym at his middle school, Queen of All Saints Middle School.


Feds: Podcaster Taxstone fired fatal shot at Irving Plaza

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Some stunning claims were revealed in federal court Tuesday in a case that has disturbed many in New York’s hip hop scene because it all started with social media beefing. A federal prosecutor says a popular hip hop podcaster called Taxstone who is known for shooting off his mouth was also shooting off the gun inside Irving Plaza last May. But his attorney denies the charges.

Taxstone’s real name is Darryl Campbell. The 31-year-old media personality went before a judge in federal court to be arraigned on two federal gun charges, including gun possession by a convicted felon.

His attorney, Kenneth J. Montgomery, told Fox 5 that Campbell is not guilty.
Feds: Podcaster Taxstone fired fatal shot at Irving Plaza

In court papers, federal prosecutors say DNA retrieved from the Kel-Tech 9mm handgun on the grip, the magazine, and the trigger indicate it was Campbell’s weapon and that he fired the shots that wounded rapper Troy Ave and two others, and killed Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter last May.

Montgomery said there is more to all of this.

Prosecutors say Troy Ave picked up the gun after being shot, and that is the one we see him allegedly holding in the video released by the NYPD.

In court, the prosecutor painted a picture of Campbell as a violent felon, not a well-intentioned media figure. He has over 20 arrests and two felony convictions, but his attorney said he put those problems in his past and is now out to help others.

At Montgomery’s request, the federal judge approved a $500,000 bail package that would include house arrest.

Troy Ave remains free on bail on weapons possession and attempted murder charges.