Young Dro was born Djuan Hart in Bankhead Atlanta, Georgia. Young Dro grew up the second oldest of his mother’s five boys and somewhere amongst the middle seven of his father’s 21 children. It was during his teen years that he befriended the now Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist T.I. Neither of the two took music seriously at the time.
Young Dro didn’t even consider a career in music until another one of his friends, Chris ‘Daddy Mack’ Smith, scored platinum success as one half of early 90s duo Kris Kross. To make his dream a reality, he first hooked up with pioneering southern rapper Raheem the Dream in the late 90s, who at the time had Drama and D4L front man Fabo signed to his local label. By the end of 2002, Young Dro had the city ablaze with his independent hit single “Yes Sir” and regional hit album “I Got That Dro.”
“Best Thang Smokin'” his second studio album was released on August 29, 2006. It reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart and the top spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard Top Rap Albums charts. The first single off the album was “Shoulder Lean,” which made the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 & Number 1 The Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs charts. This Was Young Dro’s First Top 10 single. The song was certified 2 times platinum by the RIAA.Now Young Dro is back with his New Street Single “F.D.B.”and his with his mixtape “Day 2” Hosted by Dj Drama. Young Dro is now ready to take his rightful place at the top.
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Troy graduated from Creekside High School, and attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, before deciding to fully pursue his career in rap.
He released his first album, We Ready (I Declare War), in 1999. Ludacris featured Troy on his album Back for the First Time in the song “Get Off Me.” In addition, Pastor Troy is the front man of the rap group D.S.G.B. (Down South Georgia Boys). 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”. Troy and then friend Lil’ Jon reached the top of the charts in the south with songs such as “Vice Versa” and “Throw it Up”. Since being in the music industry, Pastor Troy has been in public conflict with Master P, Lil Scrappy and The BME Click, and Sno, with whom he has since come to terms. 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 later released one of his more commercial albums, By Any Means Necessary, in 2004. This album included the hit “Ridin’ Big”. Following this release, Pastor 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, adding new songs, and even remade some of his hits. In 2005, he appeared with Killer Mike on Chamillionaire’s track “Southern Takeover” off of The Sound of Revenge.
Pastor Troy 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. Currently, Pastor Troy is signed with two record labels. SMC (Stay Tru, Tool Muziq) and Money and Power Records (Face Off Part 2, Atlanta 2 Memphis).
Pastor Troy released his 16th solo album, Ready For War, in June 2009, and released seven more studio albums up to 2011. On June 19 2012 he released his latest CD entitled The Last OutLaw, also he starred in the film We Was Homeboyz which has yet to see a actual dvd release.
In 2013, he’s expected to release another album entitled “The Streets Need You” which will be available in stores and for download on July 30. Troy also made a video clip of the the intro of his latest mixtape “Crown Royal Legend” on youtube. The mixtape is out now, which has preceeded the album.
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