Atlanta rapper Trinidad James is not going to waste time entertaining a potential beef with Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden and said the New Jersey emcee should approach him face-to-face if there is a real issue brewing.
In James’ perspective, there is no honor or respect in calling artists out.
“It’s all love, I mean, I make music to answer a lot of those types of questions,” James said in an interview when asked about Budden’s lines. “I don’t consider it a diss. I’m from the streets so a n*gga talking is like a n*gga talking. A n*gga punching, you don’t like me, then you fight me. That’s why I make the songs to let you know, if you don’t like me, then you can fight me. I’m never going to diss you back, we gonna throw these hands back and forth. That’s all this is about.” (King Bishop Pro)
On Budden’s new “Lost Control” track, he uses James for a witty punchline.
“This ain’t for self proclaimed legends that nobody wanna hear from /Scared? get a gun, come to peers, I got none /This ain’t for bandwagon fans sit y’all a**es in the same spot /Y’all the same n*ggas made Trinidad Jame$ hot /This ain’t to Kendrick Lamar, the n*gga Kendrick got bars /I heard his sh*t and wasn’t offended at all /And as it played I heard him say I wasn’t mentioned with y’all” (“Lost Control”)
On Roc Nation rapper J. Cole‘s “Villuminati” track, he takes a slight jab at Trinidad.
“My pops was club hopping back when Rick James was out/And all I get is Trinidad James/Wait a minute that’s strange/Sip a bit of champagne, say f*ck/If the hoes like it/I love it n*gga n*gga n*gga/Used to watch Rap City Big Tigga Tigga/Rap nerd even copped Rah Digga Digga” (“Villuminati”)
Despite being name-checked, James said Cole merely used the Born Sinner album opener to unleash his true feelings.
“He was just expressing himself,” he told MTV News on Saturday backstage at Power 106’s Powerhouse concert in Los Angeles. “Just in general if you really step back and listen to the song, he was just spittin’ how he felt and I can’t never be mad at somebody spittin’ how they feel.” (MTV)
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