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Troy Ave broke his silence about his friend B$B Banga’s death and his participation in last month’s Irving Plaza shooting.

The 33-year-old rapper, who’s currently in jail at New York’s Rikers Island facility, talked about B$B Banga’s death during a jailhouse phone call to DJ Akademiks.

“I lost my best friend and the sad part about it is that I didn’t even realize he was my best friend until I lost him,” Troy said. “And that shit hurt worse than the bullets from when I got shot.

Plus there’s other elements that are out of my control,” he continued. “I can’t mourn properly for my n*gga I don’t even remember the last time I cried. My heart is filled with tears that I can’t even shed because it looks weak.”

Troy Ave goes on to describe Rikers Island as “savage” and reveals his now diminished hope to honor Banga’s life in a lavish home-going celebration. Troy ends the jailhouse call saying, “It’s free Troy Ave until they free me, you heard.”

The release of this phone call comes just hours after the Brooklyn rapper dropped a new mixtape aptly titled Free Troy Ave.

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The mixtape was recorded before the Irving Plaza shooting, but some of the lyrics hit very close to home. The 12-track project features songs titled “Thank You Jesus,” “Mama Tears,” “Right Now,” and a bonus track “Banga (RIP).”

Troy Ave will remain in jail until his court hearing on June 9. In the meantime, stream his Free Troy Ave mixtape below.

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This Is What Troy Ave Had To Say About B$B Banga’s Death  was originally published on