Rapper Trinidad James is under fire after dissing New York’s rap scene and their fans while performing in New York on Tuesday night.
“I remember when New York rap ran this sh*t. When Dipset was turnt the f*ck up … Now, we run y’all,” James told a silent crowd during mid-concert rant. “Now every n*gga that’s really poppin’ out of New York, he might as well tell you he’s from Atlanta … it’s just what happened. Ya’ll got more popular interviewers and bloggers out here than rappers.”
The sentiment is similar to Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar who claimed the song “Control” to be the King of the Big Apple. Kendrick’s lyrics didn’t sit well with Maino, and neither did Trinidad’s. The NY rapper took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to let his feelings on the Southern rapper’s thoughts be heard:
“Heyy buddy @trinidadjamesGG I’ll be your Huckleberry! Lol imma brush those teeth when I see you baby boy. You a street n*gga, right? LMAO,” he tweeted, adding, “After we clean this guy @trinidadjamesGG up, I’m straighten a few of you NY n*ggas out for being the vaginas that you are!”
James didn’t shy away from the controversy, responding on Twitter himself.
“Maino wanna shoot me for saying the truth then shoot on. I ain’t backtracking sh*t. NY consumers are a disgrace to their own culture. I don’t ever have to make it on the radio ever. F*ck the radio. I’ll die a real n*gga. I speak the truth … and the TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.”
Who are you siding with here? Has NY’s rap scene fallen off? Sound off in the comment section below.
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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