Last week Atlanta rapper Trinidad Jame$ stirred up controversy when he declared that Atlanta artists and their music were "running" New York. He supplemented his statement, which he made in Brooklyn, with the new song "L.I.A.A.R.$." His words received mixed results. One of his critics, Maino, released the record "Fuck These Industry Niggas" and demanded that Jame$ apologize for his actions. Today, Hell Rell and Katt Williams followed suit, with "Lames In The Game."
Trinidad Jame$ continued the discourse by announcing a new project called "The Truth Will Set You Free." "You gonna want to look and listen to this. God is my witness I had to pray about this. This is what you wanted so I gave it to ya. The Real" he said on Instagram.
Monday will be a big day for me. Either the rise or fall of me. The Truth Will Set you Free Comes out Monday. You gonna wanna watch this.— Trinidad Jame$ (@TrinidadJamesGG) November 17, 2013
It turns out that that project was a—drumroll, please—vlog. In a confessional, straightforward video posted earlier today, Trinidad Jame$ attempts to patch things up with New York, thanking his supporters (Complex included) and clarifying that he just wants to hear more Action Bronson on the radio, basically. He explains that he loves New York and New York music, but that he feels like its new artists are only breaking out nationally by imitating the sounds of the South.
"Right message, wrong messenger," he says:
When I say wrong messenger, I'm not saying that because I only have one hit record, no album yet, that I don't have the right credentials to say that. What happened was, I picked the wrong place to have a barbershop conversation. This is not an apology, and I'm not apologizing for the truth. I don't believe in that. But this is to let the city of New York know: I wasn't trying to disrespect you. At all. I can never do that. That's against my code as a man. Forget being a rapper. I don't really care. Mostly, I don't really think I can rap anyway...
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. Don't just give me an hour of the classics, the legends. Of course we know Jada, Fab, Jay Z, et cetera, all these people are legends. I don't want to hear that. Of course, they already have the torch. But what about the Action Bronsons? What about the Troy Avenue, the Black Daves, and all these other artists who I would like to hear on the radio? All I hear is Southern artists.
He also explains that all he wants to do is to make money for his mom, and he wants to be able to come back to New York so he can do that. It's an awesome, meandering speech that deserves to be heard in full, if only so we can all immortalize his inspirational signoff: "Kids, keep dreaming, keep believing, amen."
Check out the whole video above.
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