During yesterday’s MTV RapFix, Sway asked Bun B about the comments that Trinidad James made about Atlanta running New York earlier this week. A$AP Rocky chimed in about how different regions have dominated rap throughout the years from Miami, to New York, to the West Coast.
Bun B weighed in with the perspective of a veteran:
“I’m old enough to remember how hip-hop started up to where hip-hop is now, and you have to look at everything as a reflection of the times. Hip-Hop left New York in the late 70’s, early 80’s and went out into the world, and I came back. I threw hip-hop out into the world in 1992, and [A$AP Rocky] came back. Once you give it to the world, once it comes back to you, you can’t be mad how it comes back because you sent it out there in the first place.
We can’t be too critical of certain situations because we have to keep everything in it’s proper perspective. Hip-hop and the actual art of rapping started in New York, so if you’re an MC, you’re already trying to be like New York, so it doesn’t make sense for someone to act like New York is trying to be like them. We’re all students of the culture, we’re all taking in information and giving it back out, it’s just starting to look and sound different than it might have looked and sounded originally.
I can understand [Trinidad James’] viewpoint, there’s some validity to that, but that’s happened in hip-hop before, where other regions have been so enamored with what’s coming from here that we want to be a part of it. You can look at hip-hop fashion today, and everyone looks like they’re either dressing European, or a Japanese person, and no one’s talking about that. Because we sent hip-hop to them, to Europe, and Japan and that’s how they sent it back. Now we’re taking notes from them. If you’re in Texas, and all you know and do is from Texas, then you’ve blocked yourself out of a lot of great things in this world. Hip-hop started as a regional thing, it was very segregated, and everything in this world involves segregation and division, and we need to tear that down.”