"They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" as written by Corey Penn and Pete Phillips....
I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back
22 years ago to keep it on track
The birth of a child on the 8th of October
A toast but my granddaddy came sober
Countin' all the fingers and the toes
Now I suppose, you hope the little black boy grows, huh
18 years younger than my mama
But I really got beatings cause the girl loved drama
In single parenthood there I stood
By the time she was 21, had another one
This one’s a girl, let’s name her pam
Same father as the first but you don’t give a damn
Irresponsible, plain not thinking
Papa said chill but the brother keep winking
Still he won’t down you or tear out your hide
On your side while the baby maker slide
But mama got wise to the game
The youngest of five kids, hon here it is
After 10 years without no spouse
Momma’s gettin' married in the house
Listen, positive over negative for the women and master
Mother queen’s risin' a chapter
Deja vu, tell you what I’m gonna do
When they reminisce over you, my god

When I date back I recall a man off the family tree
My right hand poppa doc I see
Took me from a boy to a man so I always had a father
When my biological didn’t bother
Taking care of this so who am I to bicker
Not a bad ticker but I’m clocking pop’s liver
But you can never say that his life is through
5 kids at 21 believe he got a right too
Here we go while I check the scene
With the Portuguese lover at the age of 14
The same age, front page, no fuss
But I bet you all your dough, they live longer than us
Never been senile, that’s where you’re wrong
But give the man a taste and he’s gone
Noddin' off, sleep to a jazz tune
I can hear his head banging on the wall in the next room
I get the pillow and hope I don’t wake him
For this man do cuss, hear it all in verbatim
Telling me how to raise my boy unless he’s taking over
I said pop maybe when you’re older
We laughed all night about the hookers at the party
My old man standing yelling good god, almighty
Use your condom, take sips of the brew
When they reminisce over you, for real

I reminisce so you never forget this
The days of wayback, so many bear witness the fitness
Take the first letter out of each word in this joint
Listen close as I prove my point
T to the r-uh-o-y, how did you and I meet?
In front of big lou’s, fighting in the street
But only you saw what took many time to see
I dedicate this to you for believing in me
Rain or shine, yes in any weather
My grandmom pam holds the family together
My uncle doc’s the greatest better yet the latest
If we’re talking about a car, uncle sterling got the latest
I strive to be live ’cause I got no choice
And run my own business like my aunt joyce
So pete rock hit me, nuff respect due
When they reminisce over you, listen

Listen, just listen
To the funky song as I rock on
And that’s word is bond
I’m not playin
Everybody, just coolin
This song we dedicate
To the one and only
Never be another
He was my brother
Trouble t-roy
It’s like that y’all
And you don’t stop
Pete rock and cl smooth for ’92
And we out, later

Lyrics submitted by SoccrFwd13

"They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" as written by Peter O. Phillips Corey Brent Penn

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    General CommentYes, this song is great. the song is about somebody named Troy. The first letters in the song's title spell it out. "Take the first letter out of each word in this joint
    Listen close as I prove my point"
    More specifically, it seems that it is about "Trouble T Roy, a member of Heavy D and the Boyz, who died in a senseless "horseplay" accident while on tour with Kid and Play in 1990"
    nufan312on February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG how can no one have commented on this song... its fricken great
    PinkFloydrulezon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat's this song about? "T"rouble-R.O.Y. makes me think that the person being remembered is named Roy. CL raps about Roy as if he was his brother, but is he rapping as Pete Rock? Any one know? This song brings back memories of Air Jordans and Starter jackets!
    Acquiesce2005on September 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is a song that makes me remininse about some of the people i've known throughout my life. awesome.
    cienfuegoson December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentToo bad they split, CL got a big head and Pete got mellow. They could have gone on to be the best hip-hop artists of all time. I'll let the Guru that that crown through.
    Acquiesce2005on December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree that the song is a memorial song, yet I have to think that this song is more than just a song of to remember a single person. I feel this song is a testament to the daily struggle in the life of one man. I feel that this individual's struggle can be applied to a larger audience. I feel the lines that lead the song out are very important: "Just Listen Listen Listen, Just Listen." I think that this song is has grown into a song for general reminiscence. By just listening to this song I feel a lot can be learned about how memories appreciate when time passes. By this I mean the general "suck factor" of life fades away in time. For example one line: "Telling me how to raise my boy unless he's taking over. I said pop maybe when you're older." I feel this line shows how even the advice of an over reaching parent, which is usually annoying and overbearing, can grow to hold nostalgia overtime. This song is amazing and will only grow in relevance as memories grow in the mind of the listener. This song makes me remember my past as a positive over negative and I am very thankful for it.
    sbradley1989on March 17, 2009   Link

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