7 Rappers Who Could Be Future Kings Of New York

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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