Micah LeVar "Pastor" Troy (born November 18, 1977) is an American rapper and record producer. He is also a member of the hardcore rap group D.S.G.B. (Down South Georgia Boyz). In 2020, he made several homophobic statements against Lil Nas X that generated considerable controversy.
|Birth name||Micah LeVar Troy|
|Also known as||The Pastor|
|Born||November 18, 1977|
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, crunk, hardcore hip hop|
Troy graduated from Creekside High School and attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, before deciding to fully pursue his career in rap. His rap name comes from his last name and his father's profession as a pastor, and is also a pun on the name Castor Troy, a character from John Woo's 1997 film Face/Off, played by Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. His fourth album is titled Face Off in reference to the movie.
He released his first album, We Ready (I Declare War), in 1999. To generate attention and buzz, he attacked Master P verbally on the infamous "No Mo Play in G. A."
Ludacris featured Troy on his album Back for the First Time for the song "Get Off Me". In addition, Pastor Troy is the front man of the rap group D.S.G.B. (Down South Georgia Boyz). DSGB originated in Augusta, Georgia. He was also featured on the collaborative album Kings of Crunk by Lil Jon in the song "Throw it Up". In 2002, Troy's album Universal Soldier became popular in the South, especially with the song "Are We Cuttin'" featuring Ms. Jade, which was also featured on the soundtrack for the action film xXx that year. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, Troy appeared on Young Jeezy's 2003 album Come Shop wit' Me on the track titled "GA".
Troy released By Any Means Necessary in 2004. Following this album, Troy was released from his Universal contract because of creativity disputes. He then released Face Off, Part II, which addressed some issues with Lil Scrappy and BME. In 2005, he appeared with Killer Mike on Chamillionaire's track "Southern Takeover" off of The Sound of Revenge.
He released three albums in 2006, starting with Stay Tru, then followed by By Choice Or By Force and Atlanta 2 Memphis, which is a collaboration album with Memphis rapper Criminal Manne. Stay Tru debuted at the Billboard 200 at #150, selling 6,000 copies its first week.
Troy released his 16th solo album, Ready For War, in June 2009, and released seven more studio albums then and 2011. In 2012, he released The Last OutLaw, and in 2013, he released The Streets Need You. In 2014, he released Crown Royal Part 4 mixtape, as well as the album Welcome to the Rap Game, while he released the sixth edition of his Crown Royal mixtape series in 2015 along with WAR (We Are Ready) in Atlanta, which featured by Paul Wall and Bun B.
In 2017, Troy announced his retirement and released his last album "O.G.P.T" in July. He also announced he was in the process of completing his second movie, titled Down 2 Come Up, which he wrote, directed, and starred in, which was slated for released on March 17, 2020. He later released two albums, "Clubber Lang" and "Enemy of the State".
In January 2020, Pastor Troy made homophobic comments on the outfit Lil Nas X wore during the Grammy Awards. In a subsequent interview, Pastor Troy said he was not being homophobic but then claimed that "being gay isn't right" and made several other homophobic comments.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|We Ready (I Declare War)||
|I Am D.S.G.B.||
|Pastor Troy for President||
|Hell 2 Pay||
|By Any Means Necessary||
|Face Off, Part II||
|By Choice or by Force||
|A.T.L. (A-Town Legend)||
|Feel Me or Kill Me||
|Ready for War||
|Love Me, Hate Me||
|G.I. Troy – Strictly 4 My Soldiers||
|Attitude Adjuster 2||
|King of All Kings||
|The Last Outlaw||
|The Streets Need You||
|Welcome To The Rap Game||
|WAR in Atlanta||
|Enemy of the State||
|I Said What I Said||
|2001||The Last Supper||—||—|
|2003||Til Death Do Us Part||—||42|
|2000||Book I (with The Congregation)||—||—|
|2006||Atlanta 2 Memphis (with Criminal Manne)||—||88|
|2008||A.T.L. 2 (A-Town Legends 2) (with The Lumberjacks)||—||—|
Mixtapes, compilations and remix albumsEdit
|2001||A Thin Line Between The Playaz And The Hataz|
|2004||I Am American (Compilation) (presented by Lil Jon & Pastor Troy)|
|2005||Hood Hustlin': The Mix Tape, Vol. 1 (with Nino of P.K.O.)|
|Hood Hustlin': The Mix Tape, Vol. 2 (Slowed & Chopped) (with Nino of P.K.O.)|
|2006||Down South Hood Hustlin (with Nino of P.K.O.)|
|2009||Still No Play In Georgia (Best Of) (Mixtape)|
|Ready for War (The P.T. Mixes)|
|2010||Crown Royal (Mixtape)|
|2011||Crown Royal 2 (Mixtape)|
|2013||Crown Royal Legend (Mixtape)|
|2014||Crown Royal 4 (Mixtape)|
|Crown Royal 5 (Mixtape)|
|2015||Crown Royal 6 (Mixtape)|
|Year||Song||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||Album|
|1999||"No Mo Play in G.A."||—||—||We Ready (I Declare War)|
|2001||"This tha City"||—||—||Face Off|
(featuring Peter the Disciple)
|2002||"Are We Cuttin'"
(featuring Ms. Jade)
|2003||"You Can't Pimp Me"
(featuring Peter the Disciple)
|2004||"Ridin' Big"||—||91||By Any Means Necessary|
|2006||"Pop a Few Bottles"
|—||—||By Choice or by Force|
|2008||"Heaven Is Below"||—||—||A.T.L. (A-Town Legend)|
|2009||"I Want War"||—||—||Feel Me or Kill Me|
|"Comin Wit Me"||—||—||Ready for War|
|"Ain't Gangsta No Moe"||—||—|
|Year||Song||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||Album|
(with D.S.G.B.; Down South Georgia Boyz)
|—||—||Til Death Do Us Part|
|2014||"We Represent Dat"
(with Lil Jazz)
(with King Killumbia & Lil Ru)
|—||—||Welcome to Killumbia|
|2018||"Hoe Check II prod by King Killumbia & D Gutta"
(with King Killumbia, Project Pat, The Last Mr. Bigg, Mr. Flip & Natalac; Remix with Lil Brod)
|—||—||Pimp of the Nation|
(with Dusty Roadz & King Killumbia)
|2018||"IDGAF prod by Witeout"
(with King Killumbia, Lil Wyte & Kaotik)
- Book I (by Pastor Troy & The Congregation):
"Havin' A Bad Day"
"This Tha City"
"My Niggaz Is The Grind"
"Move To Mars"
"Throw Your Flags Up"
"No Mo Play In GA"
"Eternal Yard Dash" with Big Toombs
"WWW (Who, Want, War)"
"Where Them Niggaz At"
- The Last Supper:
"We Dem Georgia Boyz"
"Brang Ya Army"
"Above The Law II"
- Til Death Do Us Part:
"I'm Outside Ho"
"Sittin' On Thangs" with Taj Mahal
- Twitter slams Pastor Troy for homophobic comments about Lil Nas X revolt.tv, Tamantha Gunn, 29 January 2020
- Lil Nas X Responds To Pastor Troy's Homophobic Rant In A Very Lil Nas X Way vibe.com, January 30, 2020
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- Birchmeier, Jason. "Back for the First Time" - Overview. allmusic: 2000.
- Birhchmeier, Jason. DSGB biography at allmusic
- Henderson, Alex. "Kings of Crunk" - Overview. allmusic: 2002.
- Reid, Shaheem. Pastor Troy Reps For Georgia. MTV News: Sept. 23, 2002.
- D'Angelo, Joe. Elvis' #1s LP To Hit #1. MTV News: Oct. 2, 2002.
- "Come Shop Wit' Me" - allmusic
- Harris, Chris. T.I., Pink, Shakira Can't Shake Rascal Flatts From Billboard #1. MTV News: Apr. 26, 2006.
- Daw, Stephen. "Lil Nas X Responded to A Fellow Rapper's Homophobic Comment, And It Was Perfect". Billboard.
- Lil Nas X Responds to Pastor Troy's Homophobic Post papermag, Sandra Song, 29 January 2020
- Lil Nas X responds with a shrug to Pastor Troy's homophobic comments ajc.com, Melissa Ruggieri, 30 January 2020
- Pastor Troy Talks Lil Nas X, Says He Isn't Homophobic But Being Gay Isn't Right hotnewhiphop.com Erika Maria, 31 January 2020
- Pastor Troy Says He's Not Homophobic Because He's Taken Photos With LGBTQ Fans complex.com, Joshua Espinoza, 1 February 2020
- reports, Atlanta Daily World staff (2016-04-08). "Pastor Troy presented 'ATL Legend Award' at BMI Urban Showcase". Atlanta Daily World. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
- "Big L - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums." Allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. n.d. Web. 27 October 2011. <http://allmusic.com/artist/big-l-p144340/charts-awards>.
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- "We Ready I Declare War by Pastor Troy". Amazon.