Atlanta rapper Trinidad James is not losing any sleep over comments he shot at the New York hip-hop scene and explained why artists like Maino can miss him with apology threats.
In James’ opinion, he simply expressed what he felt was the truth during a Brooklyn concert event.
“I went back and looked back at what I said out my mouth. I said, “Atlanta runs New York musically.” That’s what I said, word for word. But before I said that, I was talking about the times when us in Atlanta was driving to New York to get the Dipset mixtapes, because New York music was New York music. It was a New York sound. It’s no way humanly possible that Atlanta could ever run New York. Like I said, this was my first show where I was incorporating my new style of show – we don’t say everything perfectly. I know what I meant and somebody knows me knows what I meant, but somebody who doesn’t know me – and you already have so much animosity toward me because of who I am – is gonna take it some sort of way, so I get it. I’m still not apologizing for anything, but I get why you could be upset.” (XXL Mag)
Trinidad also noted how all of his positive contributions have now been buried in light of the controversy.
“Honestly, what really sucks is that I do so many positive things, so many things to try to do better. I don’t care nothing about rapping. Period. I don’t even consider myself a rapper at all. I consider myself a person who is out here just to tell you the truth. I’m your dad – that’s how I look at myself. If it comes across as rap to you, then you call it what it is, but I don’t consider myself a rapper. I came into the game thinking I’m in the rap game so I have to be a rapper, but when I really realized who Nick is and who is the person in the mirror, I’m not a rapper. I’m a person who is going to tell you the real. I’m a person who loves doing the shows and entertaining people and making people happy. That’s who I am and that’s who I’m going to be regardless of what anybody says and what anybody thinks.” (XXL Mag)
Picking up where he left off earlier in the week, James has unleashed some fury toward haters with his new “L.I.A.A.R.S” track.
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)
Check out Trinidad James’ “L.I.A.A.R.S”: