However far outside the city or inside the culture you are, the average music fan understands New York City's DNA is rife with hip-hop. Trinidad James, too. Even though he took aim at the hip-hop mecca last week (with flagrant AK-ammo, might we add), he recognizes the royal apple for what it'll always be – legendary. “This is to let the city of New York know that, no, I was not trying to disrespect you at all,” he later said in a video, er, semi-apology.
But before TJ rattled the crown post-"Control," Kendrick just about kicked the coveted title around, leaving the door wide open for some out-of-towner to pick. However, the city is filled with street-raised, homegrown lyricists who can dunk what Dipset, Roc-A-Fella and Bad Boy have long since alley oop'd. Flip through the 7 contenders worthy of wearing the King of New York crown someday.
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