During a performance at the Converse Rubber Tracks show in New York City, Atlanta rapper Trinidad James didn’t hesitate in sharing his opinion on the city’s place in today’s Hip Hop. The “All Gold Everything” creator even went on to state that the South runs New York City musically and rappers in the area might as well claim the city of Atlanta as their hometown.
“I remember when New York ran this shit, dog,” said Trinidad. “When Dipset was fuckin turned the fuck up. Oh my God. I gotta wear my bandana on tilt like Juelz. What the fuck happened, dog? What happened? I remember when New York rap was the shit. And us in the South, us bammas, we was like ‘what the fuck’ and we just did our own thing. But now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy. That’s crazy. That’s crazy, my nigga. That’s crazy. I’m not trying to start nothing, but if you want to do something we can do something cause I don’t give a fuck. I looked up to New York music. And now every nigga that’s really poppin’ out of New York, you might as well tell they from Atlanta. ‘He from Atlanta. He from Atlanta. He from Atlanta.’ I’m just putting it out there. Y’all got more bloggers—y’all got niggas interviewing more popular than niggas that’s rapping.”
During his conversation with the audience, who responded with occasional words of approval and disapproval, Trinidad referenced Kendrick Lamar’s “king of New York” mention on “Control” and questioned why the Compton rapper is just now getting props for his music.
The Def Jam signee also touched on his upcoming studio album and revealed that the album is better than most projects out.
“I feel like my album is better than all this bullshit that these niggas is feeding you,” said Trinidad. “It’s bullshit, man. It’s bullshit. If it was some real shit I’d tell you it’s some real shit. But it’s some bull-fuckin-shit. Straight up, man…You can’t tell me, anybody out here that’s a real fuckin Hip Hop fan, can tell me that Kendrick Lamar supposed to be platinum just this year. He been that fuckin good. He been that good. He been that fuckin good, dog. He been that good. But now, the nigga that we been knew now he’s coming and saying shit like he the king of New York. What is that?”
With last year’s release of the Motion Family-directed “All Gold Everything” music video, Trinidad James quickly garnered viral fame thanks to millions of views on YouTube and even enlisted the help of fellow Atlanta rappers 2 Chainz, T.I., and Young Jeezy for a remix to the Don’t Be S.A.F.E. record.
Don’t Be S.A.F.E. serves as Trinidad’s debut mixtape and will be followed by the release of a studio album from the rapper, which is currently slated for release next year.