Twenty-One years ago today Troy Dixon, aka Trouble T Roy , a dancer and member of Heavy D and The Boyz, died in a freak accident while on tour in Indianapolis. Heavy D and the Boyz dedicated their next album, Peaceful Journey, to his memory in 1991 while his friends Pete Rock & CL Smooth dedicated their song “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” to him in 1992.
During a recent conversation with Pete Rock, Nodfactor asked the legendary producer to reflect on T-Roy and the making of that tribute record.
I made the song for one of my great friends who passed away. He kind of taught me street life and how to fight and things like that. Of course we grew closer than brothers. And he was like that with everyone in the hood; everyone loved Troy. When he passed on, it was just so depressing. And when I found that sample, it just spoke to me in an emotional way. I felt like, “Damn, okay — let me try something with this.” I don’t even know how I found the strength to do it but I did it; at the weakest point in my life I made that. So I’m very proud of that.
All the talk about Large Professor this and that, finding the sample, I hear ignorant things on Twitter. I’m like, “It’s all good man.” He definitely knew about the record but he did not make that beat. People like to misconstrue things and blow it out of proportion. Large Professor is one of the most talented producers I ever came across. One of the illest DJs ever. And I have to catch myself from listening to people and getting mad. I was like, “Let me get it from the horse’s mouth.” We ironed it out a long time ago. Cats know what it is. I don’t have to lie about something like that.
I made that out of depression because I lost my homey. So “T.R.O.Y.”means that to everyone that heard the song, they feel like that’s their healing listening to that. Like if they had a friend who passed away or someone if plays that at a funeral or wedding and they’re thinking about their loved one. It just makes you think about your loved ones. And it’s a healing record. Lots of people told me what “Reminisce” is to them. From inmates to doctors, lawyers, fans, just everyone who knows about that song, actors, actresses, everybody knows what “Reminisce” is, and I’m very proud of that song. And I’m very ecstatic that people still have great things to say about it today.