Atlanta rapper Trinidad James has left fans and bloggers alike scratching their heads after hinting at releasing a project today (November 18) and instead delivering a tell-all video post.
In the new video clip, James addresses the controversy he sparked nearly 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 dicey 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”)
Over the weekend, he jumped onto his Twitter page to reveal plans about setting the record straight.
“Monday will be a big day for me. Either the rise or fall of me. The Truth Will Set you Free Comes out Monday. You gonna wanna watch this.,” James tweeted November 16.
“To Every New Yorker. On Monday “The Truth Will Set You Free” comes out. No album…Just the truth. You… http://instagram.com/p/gzFMnVHJWJ/” (Trinidad James’ Twitter)
A few days ago, Trinidad revealed his new “L.I.A.A.R.S” record was penned a while ago.
“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)
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)
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