13. Trinidad James pointed out a glaring problem with New York rap…again.
If Kendrick’s “Control” verse was a slap in the face from the self-proclaimed “King of New York,” then Trinidad James’ rant on a New York stage in November was the explanation behind Kendrick’s statement. During an especially difficult set in Williamsburg, James had some things to say about the state of New York hip-hop – specifically, that it was being run by Atlanta’s rap scene.
Naturally, native New Yorkers took offense, but the overall consensus was that James was actually right. The only reason that Trinidad’s speech made an impact was because he had the balls to say what everyone was thinking, but few were admitting to. In 2013, New York radio sounded like Pandora’s Atlanta rap channel, and while blame was divvied up between NY artists and the East Coast outlets that are “supposed” to support them, one thing was clear – Trinidad James was right.
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