Veteran “Wanna Be A Baller” Rapper Lil Troy Escapes Fierce Truck Fire in Texas

Jaelani Turner-Williams Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with…
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Escaping a 18-wheeler fire on a Texas highway, “Wanna Be A Baller” rapper Lil Troy is giving thanks after leaving the situation uninjured.

Lil Troy, who emerged from the Houston rap scene in 1999 with his gold-certified hit “Wanna Be A Baller”, safely escaped a dangerous fire that engulfed his 18-wheeler truck on Monday. The rapper, now an owner of Birklett Trucking Company as reported by Houston Chronicle, survived the incident while driving home from Arkansas on Interstate-10 on a Texas highway.

In a ABC13 news report, Lil Troy recounted the incident, giving a tour of his home and certified-gold plaque for “Wanna Be A Baller”. His 1998 debut Sittin’ Fat Down South was certified platinum, but after the release of his 2006 album Paperwork, Lil Troy’s career made a detour into the trucking route.

Prior to the trucking fire, Lil Troy noticed smoke under his hood. While nearly everything in the 18-wheeler was destroyed once the fire spread, Lil Troy was able to flee with his glasses, keys and phone. Documenting the fire being put out on his Instagram,

“Yesterday I had the scare of my life and the Blessing of my life,” he captioned. “My truck caught on fire while I was driving on the freeway and I was bless that I was able to get out of traffic and pull over and get out the truck with no nobody getting hurt GOD IS good.”


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Lil Troy shared his appreciation for no one being hurt and having a second chance at life with ABC13.

“I started thinking about my family, worrying about [them needing] me. It’s not my time to go now, I just have to stay calm,” he said.

Poking fun at the fire, in the ABC13 report, Troy also referenced lyrics from “Wanna Be A Baller”.

“If you notice, I hit the ‘highway, making money the fly way’,  you know what I’m saying? So, truck driving is the new way.”

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