Troy Ave explains his rationale behind badmouthing the deceased Pro Era emcee to Sway.
Brooklyn emcee Troy Ave didn’t take too kindly to Joey Bada$$’ line in “Ready” that threw shade at his record sales, and he responded with a vicious diss track last night titled “Bad Ass.” It’s a pretty solid diss record, but Troy Ave has caught a ton of flack within the media for one line in particular: “STEEZ burning in Hell, my burner’s in my belt / I’m really killing shit, you niggas killing yourself / Fucking weirdos, off the roof, “Steer clear yo!”
The line leverages deceased Pro Era member Capital Steez, who committed suicide in late 2012. Troy Ave called into Sway in the Morning to discuss the diss track, and unapologetically stood behind every line in the song.
“He opened Pandora’s Box by bringing his other boy Kirk Knight into this,” Troy Ave elaborated about why he targeted people outside of just Joey Bada$$ himself. Sway didn’t have to work very hard to get Troy Ave talking about the Capital STEEZ line.
As soon as Sway brought it up, he could hardly get a word in while Troy Ave declared, "He didn’t pass away. He killed himself. There’s a difference. God gave you life, it ain’t your right to take that. That’s a fact. I got niggas in jail who got life sentences, they might as well be dead. They could’ve traded their life for his…your friends speak to your character.” He goes on to call Capital STEEZ a “bozo” and a “d*ckhead." Very strong words for someone who claims to be guided strongly by his faith.
Yikes. We don’t need to start putting training wheels on rap beefs, but the line definitely leaves a bad taste. Listen to the whole interview below.