Exclusive: Talib Kweli Solves Trinidad James' NY Problem: "He Was Right - New York Radio Does Not Support New York Music"
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 2:30PM
[Weeks after Trinidad James bashed New York's radio stations for not playing enough local artists, Brooklyn rap veteran Talib Kweli shares his thoughts with SOHH readers and offers an alternative with Javotti Radio.]
Trinidad's my man and Maino's my man. I heard their conversation. If Maino is correct in his interpretation of what Trinidad James said, then I get what he was saying. If people know Maino, they know that he doesn't just do New York music. Maino does music down South too.
I think that with the Trinidad James thing, more than anything, it was a misunderstanding. I think he was trying to make a point and he didn't quite make it successfully.
I got in trouble on Twitter a little while ago for saying damn near the same point and I'm from New York. Trinidad James is right, when you listen to New York radio, New York radio does not support New York music. That's what he was speaking to.
My Javotti Radio is something that [Radionomy partner] TuneIn brought to me. It's not something that I actively pursued.
Right now it's all about Javotti. I could have made it Talib Kweli Radio but I wanted to do this for my artists like Cory Mo. The catalogue that he has, he's going to be asked about getting his own radio station.
It's really about the music and getting out the content.
I just want Javotti Radio to be successful and I'm going to do anything I can to do it.
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