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A$AP Rocky & Bun B Speak On Whether The South Really Runs NYC

(AllHipHop News) New York’s A$AP Rocky and Texas’ Bun B stopped by MTV’S RapFix Live, and the two rappers chatted about Trinidad James’ “South Runs New York” rant.

Recently, James told a crowd in NYC that most of the rappers from their city that is getting any major attention sound like they are from Atlanta. Harlem native A$AP Rocky sees the current run of Southern Hip Hop’s dominance in the mainstream as just part of the musical cycle that has seen other cities have their turn at the top.

[ALSO READ: Trinidad James Says The South Runs New York]

“It’s not really about who runs what. Everybody got its time,” said Rocky. “There was a time that Uncle Luke was popping, there was a time New York was the thing, West Coast, the south. Everybody got its time, but people don’t want to enjoy that until it’s gone.”

Bun’s response came from the perspective of an OG in the Hip Hop game. He reflects on Hip Hop’s origins in NYC and how rappers from other cities have helped spread the culture around the globe.

“Hip Hop left New York in the late ’70’s/earlier 80’s and went out to the world,” adds the 20 year veteran. “Once it comes back to you, you can’t be mad at how it comes back to you because you sent it out there in the first place.”

Bun also makes the point that since Hip Hop originally started in New York City, technically everyone who embraces the culture is a student of New York. He goes on to express that Hip Hop is influenced by many different regions giving Europe and Japan’s current impact on Hip Hop fashion as an example.

[ALSO CHECK OUT: Bun B Ft. Raekwon & Kobe “No Competition”]

  • kixxxers

    All true Statements!

    I don’t hear anyone complaining that the Koreans are the best Breakdancers in the World now!

    • MrNoName2K

      true story

    • rmfag

      Koreans are the best dancers, rappers and singers now…..

      • Live Well

        Yeah, Gangnam style changed the game right? FOH

      • rmfaag

        Kpop been running it long before that fat stereotype. Try returning to your roots.



        “rmfag” must be Korean???

    • Reyo

      Not a good comparison.
      Atlanta doesn’t have the best rappers

  • Chris

    Bun B made the realest statement.

  • Sinbk Legend

    that NlGGA rock is a BlTCH scared to talk reckless…..a disgrace to harlem

  • PhilTheGreat

    Bun B is that dude. Trill.

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  • rmfag

    I like Rocky…..he inspires me that sucking dudes off is a lifestyle not a hobby, a hustle not a game.

    • johnblacksad

      oh you back… no homo

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        I bet u couldn’t wait, u simp ass nicca! I don’t know whats weaker, you or a baby doing dumb bells! close call! hoee! QUEENS!

      • brotha_man

        you such a hoe. rmfaag bending ur homo elmo a$$ over in ur pic. u da softest person in queens/the world

      • JondoE303

        Them niggaz is the same person!

      • rmfaag

        Hi dad!

  • Mriono

    I like how NY up in arms, and want to pop fly because TJ said it, but when Talib said the EXACT same thing after control leaked, nobody had a thing to say.

    • Live Well

      Talib is from NY. See the difference?

      • Mriono

        i get that, but at the end of the day forget where the person from, and stick to what they said. Here rather it was Talib, TJ, Snoop, or anyone else, if you gon be upset be mad that its not true. Which obviously isn’t the case. If ya’ll wanna speak out about it, then adress everyone who says it. Just cause TJ from ATL means he can’t speak the same truth Talib spoke?

      • Live Well

        You can’t go to somebody else’s turf, take a shit on their lawn, and then not expect backlash. It’s really that simple. Talib is a native with 9 albums, Snoop did it knowing the possible consequences, and Kendrick is a platinum artist who was just rappin about bodying every rapper. TJ is a joke of an artist with NO album, who went on a rant on a NY stage. Then he basically dared somebody to do something.

      • AlbertoRipRon

        Nobody shitting on the lawn though. That NY boom pap isn’t popping. NY emcees using southern slang, music and style. You cannot possibly deny that.

      • Live Well

        I don’t deny the vintage NY sound is no longer mainstream. The southern bounce/trap sound is the sound of the day. That is a separate issue from what TJ was doing. TJ was poppin shit. Maybe if he did that shit from a stage in Atlanta or something, it might be different. But he chose to flex in front of some NY nerds and didn’t consider the fact that it might go viral.

  • Thetruth7777

    La bloods and crips runs ny lol

  • Montezuma1

    Bun B spoke like a true gentleman. #Respect

  • Montezuma1

    Trinidad James is seeking to rally support from the South because the writing’s on the wall. It’s always the struggle artists who resort to polarization to offset their lack of talent and creativity. Trinidad James speaks of the South running NY when he has to come to NY to pick up his check. How delusional.

    • AlbertoRipRon

      So NY rappers aren’t copying the southern sound? The southern flow? Demeanor?

      • Montezuma1

        What you people are calling the “southern” sound is rap minstrelsy. That wouldn’t be fair to all the talented, gifted artists in the south. By minstrelsy I’m talking about people willing to conform to promoted stereotypes of oversexed low intelligent blacks. That’s nothing to be proud of no matter where you’re from. What’s called a “southern” sound is just a very basic sound. Party beat and catchy chorus. You know…The way rap started. The problem is some of you are so young the first time you hear or see anything you think it’s the first time it happened. Black rappers are dumbing down while artists like Yelawolf and Action Bronson are filling the void left behind. A$AP doesn’t sound southern he sounds basic. The South didn’t originate simplicity and that seems to be what’s being implied. At the end of the day these Jews who control entertainment decide which minstrel image of black folk is gonna be the wave. We’ve transitioned from gangbanger to druglord to outright buffoon. Nobody should be proud of that but carry on.

  • Live Well

    Bun B was on point but still can’t clean up what dumb dude said. He gotta do that.

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  • brotha_man

    Bun B explaination makes sense…..ASAP is lost and clearly doesnt understand what Trinidad was saying

    • golder1

      ASAP makes plenty of sense. I didnt agree with Trinidad he stated every coast has their time at the top, which is true. New yourk rap was hot, then west coast, now the south is get a lot of love. Its a cycle that will continue as long as Hip Hop continues to grow. Bun B is also write. New York is the burth place of Hip Hop but it has leaked into regions no one ever thought. Trinidad gave his opinion but his opinion is not fact.

  • Obi Won

    Good to see Bun B live up to the Trill OG moniker

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    • brotha_man

      stop poisoning the minds of the youth. D.A.R.E

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