Troy Birklett, better known by his stage name Lil' Troy is an
American rapper from Houston, Texas.
Before his rapping career, Birklett was a successful drug dealer,
who funded his music business with the money he earned from selling
drugs. He eventually was convicted of "using a communications
device to commit a felony" and was sentenced to 18 months in
prison, although served only nine months in Beaumont, Texas federal
Lil' Troy, who featured in his songs many members of Houston's thriving
rap scene of the late 1990s, managed to reach national audiences
with his single "Wanna Be a Baller" produced by Bruce "Grim" Rhodes.
The song reached #70 on the Billboard Hot 100, and propelled his
debut album, Sittin' Fat Down South, to the Top 25 albums on the
Billboard 200. After the success of the lead single, Lil Troy was
picked up by Universal Music Group, which re-released his debut album
in 1999 with a larger national distribution. The debut album was
a success, as it certified platinum by the RIAA selling 1.5 million
copies. Lil Troy released his follow up in 2001, titled Back
to Ballin. This album didn't contain a charting single and didn't
fare nearly as well as his debut. He released his third and to date
last album, Paperwork, in 2006.
Lil' Troy is a co-owner and manager of his own club in downtown
Houston called "The Orbit Room", which frequents famous
Houston rappers and raves. He is often seen on the campus of Stephen
F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with one of his sons
(and SFA student) TiDarian "T" Birklett performing free,
but grizzly shows.