Plenty of eyebrows were raised recently at Trinidad James’ live show in New York. The Atlanta native decided to stop midway through his set to go on rant about the decline of New York hip hop and spoke highly of his forthcoming album which is currently in the works for 2014. James reflected on the city’s former dominance of the music industry with hometown acts like Dipset and didn’t bite his tongue when he blurted that the South runs New York hip hop. In fact, James came off very disrespectful as he explained to the audience that East Coast rappers might as well claim to be from Atlanta. In-between Trinidad’s offensive comments, the rapper also decided to briefly weigh in on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” line about being “King of New York.”
Apparently even GQ is capitalizing on exclusive content and visuals these days as they release a new “GQ Freestyle” with Kendrick Lamar. The video showcases the young Compton native as he gets spruced by for his GQ Men of the Year photo shoot with the magazine. In between all the flashing lights, Lamar stops to drop a couple of bars in front of a white backdrop as a few extras on set make sure he looks real dapper for the camera. Kendrick Lamar is set to be featured in the December 2013 issue of GQ.
Jhene Aiko’s new EP, Sail Out, officially releases today and fans finally get to hear in full her standout collaboration with Kendrick Lamar titled “Stay Ready (What A Life).” The beautiful singer-songwriter serves up a nice smooth and melodic jam that finds both artists showcasing their undeniable chemistry.
Kool G Rap stops by Shade 45 radio to talk with Sway and Heather B. Take a look as the legendary emcee takes a couple calls from fans and reminisces with Calloway on their special collaboration for “The Anthem” back in 1999. Friend of Kool G Rap and fellow New York artist, Papoose, decided to call in and show some love live on the air. Pap also gave listeners insight into how far the two go back. Before letting Papoose off the line, Kool G took the opportunity to publicly co-sign Pap’s “Control” response aimed at Kendrick Lamar and weighed in on the matter.
Troy Ave sits down for the latest episode of Juan Epstein with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg. Take a look as Harry Powder gets into detail behind the inspiration for his new album including the conscious decision to include more than drug raps. As the conversation continued, Ave speaks on his dislike for wasting money at the strip clubs and reveals that he has plans to strictly put on his BSB crew and showcase their individual skills. Interestingly enough, Troy gives listeners insight into why he considers Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West weirdos. An interesting point the rapper also brought up is that today’s hip hop listeners seem to celebrate the drugs users rather than the drug dealer anymore.
New York rapper Fabolous finally decided to respond to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse live at Powerhouse 2013 in New York. During Fab’s performance which was held at the Barclays center, the “Breathe” emcee took a moment out of his set to let crowd-goers know that he was in fact the “King of New York.” Take a look as Loso downplays Kendrick’s comments and proclaims that all the real kings come from Brooklyn.
It went down in New York last night at the Barclays Center for Powerhouse 2013 as Kendrick Lamar took the stage as the event’s closer. The self proclaimed “King of New York,” decided to show some Brooklyn inspired love and brought out Lil Kim for a special performance of “Get Money” and “It’s All About The Benjamins.” Check out Kim hit the stage and put it down live in front of her hometown.