Trinidad James says he's "still not apologizing for anything, but [understands] why you could be upset" with his comments regarding New York rap.
Trinidad James, who recently said that Atlanta runs New York Rap, clarified his stance further during an interview with xxlmag.com.
"I went back and looked back at what I said out my mouth," James said during the interview. "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," James continued. "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."
During a recent concert, James spoke about New York's prominence in Rap historically and Atlanta, Georgia's rise within the culture.
“I remember when New York ran this shit, dog,” Trinidad said. “When Dipset was fuckin turned the fuck up. Oh my God. I gotta wear my bandana on tilt like Juelz. What the fuck happened, dog? What happened? I remember when New York rap was the shit. And us in the South, us bammas, we was like ‘what the fuck’ and we just did our own thing. But now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy. That’s crazy. That’s crazy, my nigga. 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 fuck. I looked up to New York music. And now every nigga 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 niggas interviewing more popular than niggas that’s rapping.”
James has faced criticism and threats for his comments. Maino threatened James shortly after the comments surfaced online. Other rappers, including Hopsin, criticized James for his remarks.
"Trinidad James is the most garbage piece of rapper that has ever existed on the face of the Earth," Hopsin said in an interview with xxlmag.com. "His opinion is like a newborn baby saying it’s the king of the world as far as fighting and it would whoop Bruce Lee’s ass. Like, c’mon now. What do you know about anything?"