After expressing his disapproval with comments Atlanta rapper Trinidad James made at the Converse Rubber Tracks show in regards to New York rap, Brooklyn rapper Maino has now turned his criticism to those in his hometown.
During an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Maino referred to those in New York as disorganized and unsupportive of one another. He also went on to state that James’ wasn’t at fault for his comments since there’s no unity among New Yorkers.
“It’s just us, man. Honestly man, it ain’t even his fault,” said Maino. “It’s us though. You know what I mean? We so disorganized and we so [untapped] with each other and we don’t support each other [or] nothing. This is what happens. And I’ve said this before. What’s stopping anybody else from saying whatever they saying? People ain’t got no respect for our city cause we ain’t got no respect for each other. This is what happens. Let people in our house they eat off our table. They eat in our crib then they style on us when they get to a good place. This what happens. You come to our city and talk like that. Come on, man. Nobody [would have went] from New York to L.A. talking like that. Nobody do that. But this what happens in our city when we chose disorganizing. We don’t got unity amongst each other. It ain’t even his fault.”
In the interview, Maino again explained the difference between James’ comments on the South running New York and Kendrick Lamar’s “king of New York” mention on “Control.” While speaking with XXLMag.com last week, the Brooklyn emcee stated, “What hurts me is New Yorkers, they don’t understand. Kendrick said something. Kendrick was rapping, man, and there was a million responses that came right after. That was some Rap shit. You don’t see the difference?”
In addition to speaking briefly on Kendrick, Maino revealed that he has no plans on harming James, but does hope the Atlanta emcee is “straightened out.”
“It’s all love, but what I’m saying is like he basing his opinion on how he really felt,” said Maino. “Kendrick was rapping He was on some creative jawn. Homie is basing his opinion on how he feel. How he really, really feel. But what I’m saying is what made you feel free to come to New York and say that. Then say, ‘I ain’t trying to start nothing, but if you want something it’s whatever.’ Like these type of talks—I don’t understand this type of talk…Ain’t nobody saying somebody gonna shoot him or do nothing to him, I’m just saying he need to get put down at a dentist and straightened out. That’s it.”
James quickly drew both criticism and praise from many following comments he made early last week while at a show in New York City in regards to Hip Hop and the South running New York rap.
“I remember when New York rap was the shit,” said the Def Jam signee. “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.”