Troy Ave plans to drop a new album titled Dear Hater, I Won on Friday (March 31).
The Brooklyn native’s latest project will arrive a few weeks after he testified against Daryl “Taxstone” Campbell. Taxstone was convicted of killing Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter in a 2016 shooting at New York’s Irving Plaza.
“This album is for motivational use,” Troy Ave said in a press release. “I want and know people will become inspired by looking at my story and obstacles. I really shed blood, sweat and tears to make this album.”
He added, “And the crazy part is I didn’t make it for myself. I made it for all the supporters that have been riding with me. All the naysayers that received and spread misinformation. This project will give hope to the hopeless.”
Earlier this month, Troy Ave released the album’s title track to taunt Taxstone. A New York jury found Taxstone guilty of manslaughter in the first degree, two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree on March 23.
A judge will sentence Taxstone on April 19.
Listen to Troy Ave’s song “Dear Hater, I Won” below.