News: Move Over NY & Trinidad James, Alchemist Says "The West Is Crushing Sh*t Right Now"

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 6:06PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Mobb Deep affiliate Alchemist recently gave his take on the West Coast hip-hop scene and claimed the region is winning right now.

In Al's perspective, the vast variety of artists from California has helped West Coast music thrive.

"West Coast is--I'd say they're on top right now. I would go out and say that. On all aspects. Cause there's so many layers in L.A. You got your TDE crew. You got your Odd Future crew. You got Problem. You got Kid Ink. You got Kendrick. You got Dilated. You have Planet Asia. There's like so many levels. Blu. I mean, we can go on talking forever, but what my point is I think the West is crushing sh*t right now. And a person like Kendrick--the whole TDE thing is like it's putting L.A. back in that place where when we were young growing up. It was like a whole melting pot of different talent on different levels." (VLAD TV)

Recently, Southern rapper T.I. spoke on out fellow Atlanta hip-hop artist Trinidad James calling out the New York music scene.

"Trinidad is authorized to speak on Trinidad. That's one, and this is not a derogatory statement towards Trinidad, but he can't speak for me. He can't speak. And since I am a part of Atlanta, I don't think it's adequate that he speak for the entire population of Atlanta. So, I just don't think that, with all due respect, I don't think he's come that far and walked that walk enough yet to where that will be accepted without ridicule." (This Is 50)

Coincidentally, fellow ATL rapper Waka Flocka Flame said he did not agree with James' remarks but did claim the South rules the entire music industry.

"Hell nah," Waka said when asked for a take on James' comments. "What we talking about, reality or music? The South run music. Period. We dont' just run one region, one state, one genre. The South run music. That's just what it is. Kendrick Lamar made [peope] look West but the South still winning. Like, that's what it is. It's just friendly competition. Some people just get carried away." (VLAD TV)

While Wu-Tang's U-God recently co-signed James' records, he said the Atlanta rapper should check out his music before calling out the entire Big Apple.

"He ain't talking to me with that. Trinidad James ain't talkin' to me about that sh*t, about n*ggas from New York. Listen to my sh*t, nigga. Ain't tryin' to hear that. Only reason why them n*ggas is poppin', man, down South n*ggas sign any godd*mn thing. New York dudes, we don't go for all that. So let's just travel the f*ck down South and going down there with that bullsh*t. But, I like the music, personally. I didn't get off with what he was saying. But Trinidad James, knock it off with that bullsh*t. He's not really saying nothing. He's getting 360 deals." (Montreality)

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