Atlanta rapper Trinidad James has stepped forward to clear the air on his must-hear new record “L.I.A.A.R.S” and why fans are jumping the gun by calling it a response to haters he created this week.
According to Mr. James, he actually previously penned the record and did not intend to direct the lyrics toward New York critics.
“I could never do music that fast. I had that song done because I was working on a new side project called Crazy Deacon outside my album, which is almost done. I started on Crazy Deacon cause I got so upset about everything that was going on around me on my side of town. Those words are going to touch people the wrong way because of what’s going on, but those words go for anybody. Just because I shake your hand doesn’t mean we’re friends. That’s just how I treat everybody. We’re not friends; you don’t call my phone, I don’t call your phone. If I see you me in the club and you want to come to my section, I’ll say, “Sure, come along,” because I’m a nice guy, but we’re not friends. People just can’t take the truth man. People can’t take the real. They can tell you all day long that they’re a real nigga this, a real nigga that, but when you actually start really saying what is real and what is true, they either kill you or ostracize you. Straight up.” (XXL Mag)
On the track, it appears Trinidad is merely picking up where he left off earlier in the week by unleashing some fury at the haters.
Tonight, he shared “L.I.A.A.R.$,” which stands for “Lame$ is Alway$ Acting Real…..$ure,” on Atlanta’s Streetz 94.5, in which he defended his words and took a few additional shots. “I know I sound crazy,” the track begins, before launching into a discussion about Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg (“Rosenberg tried me/Almost hit him in the sh*t/God said ‘spare him’ now we best of friends”), taking shots at Power 105’s Charlamagne tha God (“Ain’t no god for Charlamagne if he try me again”) and generally offering some words of advice for anyone in the music industry: “Ain’t no love for f*ck n*ggas that’s acting like my friends /Just because I dap you, that don’t mean we friends /Never hold your tongue, get it off your chest /’Cause if you hold your tongue you gon’ get depressed” (Complex)
During his appearance at Converse Rubber Tracks in New York Tuesday night (November 12), Trinidad spoke 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)
This week, UGK’s Bun B noted how Southern influence has seeped into the New York rap scene.
Bun has another theory; he sees hip-hop culture as a sort of boomerang: once you throw your art into the world it will travel, but may comeback in a different form. “Hip-hop left New York in the late ’70s, early ’80s and went out to the world and I came back. I threw hip-hop out into the world in 1992 and he came back,” he said pointing to Rocky, drawing a parallel to his debut album with Bun B Too Hard to Swallow in 1992 and A$AP’s current reign. “Once you give it to the world, when it comes back to you, you can’t be mad at how it comes back to you because you sent it out there in the first place,” Bun continued. (MTV)
Check out Trinidad James’ “L.I.A.A.R.S”: