Trinidad James took a shot at New York rap while performing in New York a couple of weeks ago. He boldly stated Southern rap runs New York rap.
Whether James’ was in the right place to speak or not, he created a great lunch room debate – is Southern rap better than today’s New York rap?
We can’t strip New York from rappers like Nas or Jay-Z, who are bound to get love from any new record they put out today. But I’m talking about this new generation and, I have to be honest, it’s hard to come up with a strong New York Rap starting line-up.
Usually when people say New York rap they’re looking for that grimy, basement-type music, better known as gangster rap. I’m talking about Dipset, or Jadakiss, and of course it would be a sin not to mention G-Unit. 50 Cent was everywhere internationally but would always wear his NY fitted.
And let’s take Lloyd Banks out of 50’s shadow. No one even mentions Lloyd Banks now that he’s stopped making music.
Wait, did he stop making music?
Give me a second.
Lloyd Banks dropped a new mixtape last month?
Oh shit! Lloyd Banks dropped a new mixtape last month!
The mixtape is called Failure’s No Option and the first song is titled “The Natural.” After a little introduction by DJ Drama, Banks sets the tone for the rest of his subliminally street mixtape. It’s a golden mixtape on DatPiff.com which means it’s been downloaded 100,000 plus times on DatPiff and is sure to give you the still hungry Lloyd Banks.
Out of the four features on the mixtape, three of them come from well-known New York rappers. We got Vado, Raekwon and Styles P.
These are the guys that should be standing up for New York when the city’s rap is being questioned. And it’s always the ones who don’t respond at all that have the most to say.
If today’s rap is about ABC raps recorded over a catchy beat, then Trinidad James, you can have the rap game, my friend. But if we’re talking about New York rap and where it’s been, you can still find it in Lloyd Banks’ Failure’s No Option.
You can listen to whole mixtape by clicking here.