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The 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

40. Troy Ave, Bricks In My Backpack Vol. 3

Label: N/A
Released: June 12th

Out of all the new talent bringing hip-hop back to the mecca, Brooklyn native Troy Ave sticks to the basics. Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy is a very distinctive NY mixtape, pulling inspiration from his borough's street life. Over smooth production from a handful of newcomers, BIMB3 outlines the daily routine of his Harry Powder persona, which sounds like Troy Ave is representing BK's gritty neighborhoods down to the finest details.

While 2012 may be the year he grows beyond hometown favorite status, Troy's “real talk” tracks push him into that direction. So far, he's still “major without a deal,” collaborating with Fabolous, Prodigy, Action Bronson, as well as producing standout solo records like “Red Cup” and “Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang.” All achievements aside, Troy Ave's third in the Harry Powder series is strong enough for a successful hustler to finally make it out of the streets.

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