Maino Says Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse And Trinidad Jame$’ Comments Are Different


On Tuesday (Nov.  12) Trinidad Jame$ performed at Converse Rubber Tracks and went on rant claiming New York’s rap scene has fallen off and Atlanta runs New York musically. This sparked waves of responses from New Yorkers and artists, such as Smoke DZA and Hopsin, about the state of New York hip-hop. Jame$ has since then clarified some of the points he was making at the show, emphasizing that he was saying New York doesn’t support New York artists and even put out a track discussing his points. XXL spoke to Trinidad earlier this week, which he states he isn’t apologizing for his NYC comments.

The most vocal rapper against Trinidad Jame$ is Maino. When the Brooklyn native saw the video, he unleashed a tirade of tweets toward Trinidad, clearly showing his resentment towards the Atlanta native’s comments. “You [Trinidad Jame$] was on that stage and you was having a moment.” says Maino in a phone conversation with XXL. ”Whether you was high or drunk or whatever your moment was, that’s not how that came across. That came across as being aggressive, abrasive and disrespectful. You can’t go to no other city and do that.”

Maino makes it clear that Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse and Trinidad Jame$ comments are not the same situation and it frustrates him that New Yorkers can’t differentiate that “What hurts me is New Yorkers, they don’t understand” he says. “’Kendrick said something. Kendrick was rapping man, and they’re was a million responses that came right after. That was some rap shit. You don’t see the difference?”

You can read the full interview with Maino and XXL next week on Monday, November 18 at

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  • ryder

    nahhhhhhh!!! maino just goin at trinidad cause he seem weak! he dont want it with all them bloods over at TDE! maino on some punk shit!


    I’m in NYC right now and TJ is right…. The south runs NY right now. It’s sad because i don’t want to hear down south in NYC… I want to hear NYC. Radio up here sucks.

    • ManWhoDatIs

      exactly ! the South been running Hip Hop Since 05.. and some of the new, New York artist are making & sounding like southern rappers.. last rapper from NY to have a Platinum Album was Lloyd Banks HFM ’04

  • hustlingemini

    If NY wasnt straight garbage you might hear that shit in your own city. until then you can listen to the souths finest blowing up your streets just like 9/11

  • NYfellthefuckoff

    most the people getting mad about that is new york artists, real shocker lol. what trinidad said was accurate so theres nothing to dispute unless you’re just personally sensitive about it, otherwise theres nothing you can say about it because what he said was actually true. new york hip hop fell off big time compared to what they were doing in the late 90s, there was a time when ny had cam’ron, dmx, redman, method man, canibus, big pun, nore, ja rule, jay z, and so many more all having huge success at the same time, theres not much shit comin out of ny other than veterans and new rappers trying to sound like the south, i.e. french montana and asap rocky. new york has no self respect anymore because its bad enough they’ve fallen off hard since the mid 2000s and now kendrick, trinidad and wayne can say something about new york and nothing happens, thats how spineless that region has become. its over for them unless they can significantly change their shit and get their minds right