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Rapper Troy Ave Drops Track Proclaiming Innocence from Rikers Island

By Aliza Chasan | June 7, 2016 6:46pm

MANHATTAN — Rapper Troy Ave dropped a new track via phone on Rikers Island proclaiming his innocence after last month's deadly shooting during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza.

"I'm innocent unless you're charging me with being real from the very beginning," Troy, whose real name is Ronald Collins, 30, raps in a recording posted to YouTube.

The May 25 shooting left Troy Ave's bodyguard Ronald McPhatter dead and three — including the rapper who shot himself in the leg — injured.

Now the rapper sounds as if he's calling it self-defense.

"P---y n---a tried to assassinate me / I took the gun from him and turned the tables 'round like a G."

The rapper, who was charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, pleaded not guilty in court last week. He is currently being held without bail until trial.