Video: Trinidad James Defends New York Comments

“I could never disrespect New York”

But you did though family. Everything you say in this video is all well and good, but the fact remains that you took a disrespectful tone when you tried to make these same points on stage the other night. Furthermore, despite your public image, you’re not an idiot. I know you’re not because you just articulated your core points pretty well without being disrespectful. Why couldn’t you have done that on-stage the other night without the tough talk and dismissive attitude?

To your point that New York doesn’t support the NY underground, I’m gonna go ahead and call bullshit. I’m from New York and I buy everything that indie rappers that I fuck with put out. I know plenty of other New Yorkers who go their shows and buy their product. The fact is, rappers like Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, the Flatbush Zombies and the rest of this new generation of NY artists wouldn’t have careers if they hadn’t gotten at least some support from their hometown. Could we support our indie artists better than we do now? Of course we could. Could 97 and 105 play more of their music? Absolutely.

But as Ebro will tell you, major market Rap radio is dominated by broadly accessible pop records and club-centric music these days. If you’re not making that kind of music, you’re probably not getting much play, if any. It’s a different era. There was a time when you could play an hour of Wu-Tang and Nas in the club and the girls would happily dance to it. Those days are over. They want records tailored to ass-shaking now. You know, the type of music you make. And in a way that sucks, but it’s understandable and not the end of the world. Rappers from several different regions are touring the country off mixtapes now and that will continue. Artists are moving units independently outside of the major label system. Motherfuckers are getting endorsement deals.

Just because you hear don’t hear certain artists 100 times a day on radio, that doesn’t mean they don’t have momentum in their home cities and I’m sure this is the case in other cities as well.

Previously: Maino Talks Trinidad James Comments | Trinidad James – L.I.A.A.R.S.

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