Trinidad James Rants About The Quality of NY Rap Music

Trinidad James, who many may say has little rap or artistic credibility, was in Brooklyn last night to perform for Converse‘s CONS Holiday 2013 collection. After performing his guest verse off A$AP Ferg‘s “Work (Remix)”, the Atlanta rapper aired out his grievances with New York rap in today’s music landscape. In the video above, James shares his thoughts about the current quality of New York rap while making comparisons to the dominance of Dipset‘s reign back in the early 2000’s. James then states how he believes his album Don’t Be S.A.F.E. was the “shit” which progressed into him making the bold proclamation that southern rap runs NYC. According to James, he didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, stating that he wasn’t “trying to start nothing” but it seems as if the damage has already been done as Smoke DZA and Maino took to Twitter this morning to combat James’ opinions. Read the full stream-of-conscious below:

You can’t tell me, or anybody here that’s a real fucking hip-hop fan, that Kendrick Lamar was supposed to go platinum just this year. He’s been that fucking good!
But now, the nigga that we been knew [was good] is coming and saying shit like ‘He’s the king of New York.’ What is that? I remember when New York ran this shit, dawg. When Dipset was turned the fuck up! We were in Atlanta like ‘Oh my God, I have to wear my bandana on tilt like Juelz [Santana]. What the fuck happened, dawg? Us in the South, us ‘bammas, we just did our own thing. But now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy.

I’m not trying to start nothing, but if you want to do something we can do something because I don’t give a fuck. I’m just being honest with you. I looked up to New York music. But now every nigga that’s really popping out of New York, you might as well say he’s from Atlanta. He’s from Atlanta. Y’all got more people that’s interviewing people that are more popping than rappers. Y’all got better interviewers.”

According to concert-goers, James’ set was met with very little energy as he even performed his most popular single “All Gold Everything” acapella with little reaction from the crowd. James definitely has some balls for stating his opinions about New York rap in New York but given that we haven’t seen a successful second single from him, I don’t think his opinions are going hold stain with reputable New York artists. View Smoke DZA and Maino’s tweets below.

James tried to water-down his statements after the show by name-dropping NYC artists who he thought weren’t receiving the love they deserved in comparison to well-known journalists like Rap Radar‘s Elliott Wilson.




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