Trinidad James may have lost a few Big Apple fans last week when he claimed that Atlanta (his hometown) runs New York’s hip-hop scene , but now the “All Gold Everything” spitter is exercising a bit of damage control.
“Right message, wrong messenger,” Trinidad said in a YouTube PSA-style video titled “The Truth Will Set You Free.”
“What happened was, I picked the wrong place to have a barbershop conversation,” James said in the clip that was posted Monday night. “This is not an apology and I’m never apologizing for the truth, I don’t believe in it, but this to let the city of New York know, I wasn’t trying to disrespect you at all.”
Several New Yorkers, including rapper Maino felt disrespected by the comments that James made on November 12 while performing at a show in Brooklyn, New York.
James had said, “I remember when New York rap was the sh– and us ‘bamas,’ us from the South was like, ‘What the f—?’ And we just did our own thing, but now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy. … Now, every n—a that’s really poppin’ out of New York, he might as well tell you he from Atlanta.”
James says his comments weren’t made to belittle the city which birthed hip-hop, but instead, it was supposed to ignite fans and local artists to demand more support from local radio stations like Hot 97 and Power 105.
“My only intentions when I said what I said, was to get New York radio — the main stations, to play more young New York artists,” he explained. “Don’t just give me an hour of the classics, the legends. Of course we know Jada, Fab, Jay Z, etc. What about the Action Bronsons, the Troy Aves, the Black Daves, all these other artists who I would like to hear on the radio? All I hear is southern artists.”