Trinidad James Unapologetic About New York Comments, Understands Backlash

Trinidad James says he's "still not apologizing for anything, but [understands] why you could be upset" with his comments regarding New York rap.

Trinidad James, who recently said that Atlanta runs New York Rap, clarified his stance further during an interview with xxlmag.com

"I went back and looked back at what I said out my mouth," James said during the interview. "I said, 'Atlanta runs New York musically.' That’s what I said, word for word. But before I said that, I was talking about the times when us in Atlanta was driving to New York to get the Dipset mixtapes, because New York music was New York music. It was a New York sound.

"It’s no way humanly possible that Atlanta could ever run New York," James continued. "Like I said, this was my first show where I was incorporating my new style of show – we don’t say everything perfectly. I know what I meant and somebody knows me knows what I meant, but somebody who doesn’t know me – and you already have so much animosity toward me because of who I am – is gonna take it some sort of way, so I get it. I’m still not apologizing for anything, but I get why you could be upset." 

During a recent concert, James spoke about New York's prominence in Rap historically and Atlanta, Georgia's rise within the culture. 

“I remember when New York ran this shit, dog,” Trinidad said. “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.”

James has faced criticism and threats for his comments. Maino threatened James shortly after the comments surfaced online. Other rappers, including Hopsin, criticized James for his remarks. 

"Trinidad James is the most garbage piece of rapper that has ever existed on the face of the Earth," Hopsin said in an interview with xxlmag.com. "His opinion is like a newborn baby saying it’s the king of the world as far as fighting and it would whoop Bruce Lee’s ass. Like, c’mon now. What do you know about anything?"

RELATED: Hopsin Says Trinidad James Is "The Most Garbage" Rapper Ever

13 Comments

  • realist101

    It's a fact that the true classics are from NY. The West has its fair share, The Chronic, Chronic 2001, All Eyez on me(NY rapper btw) to name a few but they lack the essence classics like Illmatic, 36 chambers etc bring to the table. Illmatic alone is more important to hip hop than all of those albums combined.Hip hop is a product of New York City Period! You can imitate and claim it all you want but it's like trying to tell a Jamaican that beef patties made in Canada are better than the beef patties made in Jamaica because a corporation in Canada happens to sell more of them to consumers who have never tasted Jamaican patties. In this case the consumer has never tasted Jamaican beef patties just like today's hip hop consumer has not really tasted raw NY hip hop in its purest form. But if the record companies came back to it the consumer would probably choose differently.

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  • realist101

    Southern rap is prominent at the moment because the record companies know that it's easier to release 20 southern albums than 20 NY albums because NY rappers put or used to put so much effort into their craft that some albums would take years to release. Wu Tang Forever comes into mind. Rza started working on it in 94 and it release in 97. Compare that with the disposable albums "rappers" from the south release which are utter garbage. The public has been conditioned to accept them and to find some kind of artistry in them but they're music for morons made by morons. Ever wonder why the true classics are from NY? Also, it's easier for the record companies to control what Southern rappers say that it is for them to control what NY rappers say(Public Enemy, immortal Tech) because southern blacks are still slaves mentally that is.

    • just

      slimstar06 pay attention... he said ever wonder y the true classics are from NY. Yes we know every coast has classic hits but compared to NY, there is no other coast that has more classic hits then NY... that's facts

    • slimstar06

      man look here I respect certain new York reppers mostly lox , big , rakim , big daddy kane but tupac was my dude and he live in the north, west, and south new York is not the only 1's with classic all coast have hits outkast , n.w.a, big daddyking , slick rick, goodie mob, trick daddy, ghetto boys, scarface I can go on and on I from south Carolina to be exact but I listen to all but don't run ya mouth about the south the rappers are doping them every coast had they time to shine

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      you are a slave just for being black..don't put that on southerners who are black..

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