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Troy Ave's Major Without A Deal Proves You Don't Need A Record Deal

With Major looks from 50 Cent, Diddy and Rick Ross.

Troy Ave is a self-starter. It's a trait that the Brooklyn, New York MC prides himself on, and with his sophomore album, Major Without a Deal, Ave celebrates his independence in a real way.

The LP, which was released on Friday, Jun. 5 on Troy's own BSB Records, has major moments. New York rap architects Diddy, Cam'ron, Fat Joe and 50 Cent all appear. With Fif, Ave links with one of his biggest hip-hop influences for the street-flavored "Bang Bang."

Then on "Do Betta," Ave remixes his 2013 relationship track, this time recruiting Ty Dolla $ign to sing the hook that Troy wrote. And "Doo Doo" has already made it's mark on radio across the country.

While the rising rap star has built a strong underground following, there are plenty who are unfamiliar. So if you're just getting acquainted, here are five tracks from Troy Ave's Major Without a Deal that you shouldn't miss.

  1. "Doo Doo"

    Not only is "Doo Doo" MWAD's catchiest single, the anti-hater ode is also MTV's Jam of the Week.

  2. "Bang Bang"

    Ave has drawn plenty of comparisons to the G-Unit juggernaut on his come-up, and now on "Bang Bang," Fif links with Troy for the Yankee-produced collaboration that fans have been waiting for.

  3. "Do Betta"

    Longtime Ave fans will remember this standout from Troy's White Christmas 2 mixtape. This new version gets a boost from the hottest hookman in the game today, Ty Dolla $ign.

  4. "Do Me No Favors"

    Back when few took notice of Troy's talent, Brooklyn rap vet Fabolous took Ave under his wing and showed him the ropes in rap -- they collabed on "Merlot Part Deux" and "Only Life I Know" back in 2012. So it's great to hear Fab and Ave hook-up with Jadakiss for this one. Loso spazzed on that last verse.

  5. "All About the Money (Remix)"

    Getting Rick Ross and Jeezy on a track isn't easy for MCs with major label backing, so to pull this track off independently says a lot about Ave's hustle and talent.

Stream Troy Ave's Major Without a Deal below.