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Prosecutors allow Rapper Troy Ave to resume performing after appearing in court with bulletproof vest

February 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prosecutors allow Rapper Troy Ave to resume performing after appearing in court with bulletproof vest

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Rapper Troy Ave made an interesting court appearance on Friday as he sported a floor-length fur coat and a bulletproof vest — as prosecutors agreed to let him perform again.

Topping his ensemble was a “distressed” red baseball cap with python skin that bizarrely stated, “Bake Water Whip Weight Again.”

The hat is for sale on his website for $200.

The slogan is a reportedly a reference to the method of manufacturing crack cocaine.

The 31-year-old rapper, whose name is Roland Collins, was in Manhattan Criminal Court for a pre-trial hearing after his arrest on attempted murder charges for his association with a May shooting in the green room during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza.

The shootout murdered his bodyguard Ronald McPhatter.

Collins has been released on $500,000 bail. He was hit in the leg during the altercation and asserts that he wrestled the firearm away from the man who murdered McPhatter and that he fired back in self-defense.

The rapper, whose real name is Ronald Collins, wore an unorthodox ensemble to his Friday court appearance. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

During Friday’s appearance, Manhattan prosecutors agreed to reverse a ban that prevented him from performing as part of the conditions of his bail. The move will allow him to perform at a concert in North Carolina on February 25th.

His representatives revealed that additional tour dates would be announced as soon as Saturday.

“He has a couple of tour dates lined up,” his attorney John Stella stated. “They’ll start announcing them as early as (Saturday). He’s got an event in North Carolina. He’s very happy.”

The rapper said that he was happy with the deal, stating that “well-known” companies have been trying to sign him for shows, the New York Daily News reported.

“I feel blessed, I feel enthusiastic about my shows,” he added. “Now I get a chance to go be with my kids, get ready for tour, touch my fans. We were waiting for this.”

His mother, Tracey Collins, was also excited about the news.

“Thank God,” she said. “They’re still treating him like he’s a felon on a $5,000 bond and wearing an ankle bracelet. People have done worse, and they don’t face restrictions on them.”

On Christmas, Collins was shot in the head and back in East Flatbush as he sat in a red Maserati.

Troy Ave enters Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

His girlfriend, who was also in the vehicle, managed to escape uninjured.

Troy Ave said he’s still impacted by the shooting.

“I get headaches sometimes because there’s still a bullet in my head, so it’s throbbing. I got a bullet in my back, so it’s hard to sleep. … I’m trying to get through the pain, but it’s better than being dead.”

Cheers spread when prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence indicates Collins did not bring the firearm used in the shooting into the club.

The news “does not alleviate criminal responsibility for his actions,” Assistant District Attorney Christine Keenan assured.

Keenan said that Collins would only be allowed to perform if he is escorted by security, and the venues need to search him and his fans and supporters. He also has to give his attorney one week notice.

He will still be required to wear an ankle bracelet, but he is now permitted to visit his family in New Jersey

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