Dipset’s Hell Rell and comedian Katt Williams are the latest entertainers to speak out in light of dicey comments shot at the New York rap scene last week courtesy of Atlanta’s Trinidad James.
On a new track titled “Lames In The Game,” Rell goes full throttle by dissing James for what he said.
The issue of Trinidad Jame$ attacking NYC and its hip-hop scene is apparently far from over. Hell Rell and Katt Williams have decided to chime in on the matter, and the two are upset about the disrespect they feel Trinidad showed the city by saying that the South “is running y’all.” In the new song, “Lames In The Game,” Rell warns the Atlanta native that he isn’t safe anywhere in the city, not even at the airport. “I got the nine, the four-five, all chrome everything/We looking to rob “All Gold Everything,” Rell says. Katt Williams comes at Trinidad with what is essentially a half-rapped, half-spoken outro. According to Katt, Trinidad’s “All Gold Everything” pales in comparison to a pimp’s “All Gold Everything.” Even though Katt’s not from New York, he’s not taking Trinidad’s disrespect lightly. (Complex)
Last week, Brooklyn rapper Maino publicly discussed Trinidad speaking out of line about his hometown’s music.
“You [Trinidad Jame$] was on that stage and you was having a moment.” says Maino in a phone conversation with XXL. “Whether you was high or drunk or whatever your moment was, that’s not how that came across. That came across as being aggressive, abrasive and disrespectful. You can’t go to no other city and do that.” Maino makes it clear that Kendrick Lamar‘s “Control” verse and Trinidad Jame$ comments are not the same situation and it frustrates him that New Yorkers can’t differentiate that “What hurts me is New Yorkers, they don’t understand” he says. “‘Kendrick said something. Kendrick was rapping man, and they’re was a million responses that came right after. That was some rap sh*t. You don’t see the difference?” (XXL Mag)
In a new video clip released yesterday, James addressed the controversy he ignited a week ago.
“I’m Trinidad James and I said out of my mouth, when I was in New York doing a show for Converse – that Atlanta runs New York. Musically. I also said the artists that are popping out of New York on a grand scale, you might as well say they’re from Atlanta. And after I said that, I said, ‘Eh, I’m not trying to start nothing but if you feel some type of way? Eh. It is what it is.’ It’s whatever because I don’t give a f*ck. Right message. Wrong messenger. When I say wrong messenger, I’m not saying that because I only have one hit record, no album yet, that ‘Oh, I don’t have the right credentials to say that.’ What happened was, I picked the wrong place to have a barbershop conversation.” (“The Truth Will Set You Free”)
Trinidad also revealed what he hoped to gain from the gritty comments.
“This is not an apology and I’m never apologizing for the truth. I don’t believe in it. But this is to let the city of New York know, I wasn’t trying to disrespect you. At all. I can never do that. That’s against my code as a man. Forget being a rapper. I don’t really care. Most of y’all don’t really think I can rap anyway. As a man, I’d never disrespect that city. … My only intentions, when I said what I said, was to get New York radio, the main stations, to play more young New York artists. Don’t just give me an hour of the classics, the legends.” (“The Truth Will Set You Free”)
During his appearance at Converse Rubber Tracks in New York last Tuesday night (November 12), Trinidad dished on Atlanta taking over the Big Apple.
“I remember when New York ran this sh*t, dog. When Dipset was f*ckin’ turned the f*ck up. Oh my God. I gotta wear my bandana on tilt like Juelz. What the f*ck happened, dog? What happened? I remember when New York rap was the sh*t. And us in the South, us bammas, we was like ‘what the f*ck’ and we just did our own thing. But now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy. That’s crazy. That’s crazy, my n*gga. 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 f*ck. I looked up to New York music. And now every n*gga 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 n*ggas interviewing more popular than n*ggas that’s rapping.” (Woogie 2 Woogie)
Check out Hell Rell & Katt Williams’ new track: