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U-God Says Only Reason Southern Rappers Are Popping Is Because They’ll Sign Anything


(AllHipHop News) U-God recently spoke with Montreality about numerous topics including his childhood, upcoming projects, and his favorite cartoon character. Ultimately, the conversation turned to Trinidad James’ recent comments about the South running New York, and Universal God had a lot to say about it referring to Trinidad directly.

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“Trinidad James ain’t talking to me about that s**t,” said the Wu-Tang Clan member. “You better listen to my sh*t n***a.”

The life long NYC resident then goes on to share his view on why southern rappers have been so successful over the last several years. U God says it is because rappers from the south are more willingly to sign contracts that New Yorkers would not:

Only reason why n***as is popping, them down south n***as sign any goddamn thing. New York dudes, the one time we was rocking, we don’t go for all that. We want our [publishing]. We want all our s**t. So that s**t traveled down south. So dudes started going down there with that bulls**t. But, I like the music personally. I ain’t getting caught up in what dudes be saying, but Trinidad James can knock it off with all that bulls**t. He ain’t saying nothing. N***a signed his life away. He getting 360 deals.

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Watch U-God’s full interview below and fast forward to 7:15 mark to hear his comments on Trinidad James and southern rappers.

  • scullyson

    Legit interview right here. Kind of took me back for uh second. He kept it 100 no doubt. Props to U.

    • Casor_G

      Are all NY cats so salty?

      • scullyson

        Honestly on some real ish to me It didnt appear as if the U was salty. His whole demeaner was positve and concise.

  • Guillaume Pilon

    Montreality interviews are always cool

    • Tony G.

      yea they are..

  • i’mreloaded!

    So says the weakest member of Wu-Tang. I can smell the hate in the air and it is quite refreshing! Ya bish

    • johnblacksad

      careful talkin sh!t about the WU!

      • ZUBU

        People pop shhiiitt about the Wu from a safe distance lol

      • JP

        What they gone pop with 5 round clips now hope they got some aim

  • DeezNizutz

    TBT rappers are notorious for signing shitty deals….they got southern rappers on lock wit dumb ass contracts right now cause that region is hot…….

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    ugod looks like hes related to dr dre

    • Rmfag

      I’d suck both off! Twins!

      • Charter

        wow

      • Rmfag

        Right. The only face I can make with those thick XXL cocks……..
        B============D O^:

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  • Rmfag

    Shots fired.
    I always found it so easy selling dome to DL thug niggas in the south. They truly will buy or sell anything.

  • MrNoName2K

    Pretty good interview.. and them WU joints he got on are on point

  • southside4lyfe

    Thats straight bullshit. Look at how many New York rappers been fucked in the game due to contract problems shit happens. New York rappers biggest problems is they go too far when it comes to beef. Its like NY rappers will make diss records for 3 years straight and that kills they buzz look at camron and 50 cent. Them niggaz spent more time dissing rappers than actually putting out good quality music and that made them lose their buzz.

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  • PercyRayJones

    This regional hatred is the reason why NY ain’t doing shit. First it was the West coast, now it’s the Dirty South. “The East coast ain’t playin’ our songs, I wanna know what the hell’s goin’ on” Willie D (Do It Like A G.O.) All this payola going on to spin records that goes back for years, and the suppression of Black Music in general is what is bringing hip hop to an end. Couple all of that with government’s agenda to stomp out forever the genre of political/activist (P.E., Paris, Dead Prez) rap, and hardcore gangster rap (Geto Boys, Ice Cube, Anything WestCoast), and the inclusion of homorap, it’s a tough tidal wave to deal with. Let’s talk about what’s real shall we……….

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  • Charter

    Dear U-God,
    Nobody cares b. Sadly, you’re the least cared about voice in Wu-tang.

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  • no,southern niggas know the game well,they aint quick to sign sh!tty deals…man,the south is just a bigger place where southern fans support southern music..its a bigger market..

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  • Pierre Elliott

    DOWN SOUTH CATS NEED TO REALIZE AND THIS IS COMING FROM A MID WEST CAT: YOU DUDES NEED TO RESPECT THE GROUNDWORK NYC AND LA MADE FOR YALL.. AINT NO RECORD LABELS DOWN IN THE SOUTH.

    IT AINT LIKE SOUTHERN RAPPERS NOW ALL HAVE MONEY TO HELP THE HOOD CAUSE THEY DONT.

    THE MORE YOU SOUTH DUDES POP OFF WITH THE MOUTH AND SAY NY DUDES IS SALTY- THE MORE YOU SOUND INSECURE AND KNOW ITS A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE YOU GO THE WAY OF THE DINOSAUR.

    THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT. HAVE YOU EVER ASKED WHY ALL YOU SEE ARE SOUTHERN RAPPERS AND NO NYC RAPPERS, NO LA. RAPPERS?

    NO YOU DONT CAUSE JUST LIKE A STEP N FETCHIT HOUSE NlGGER

    YOU DONT ASK THE QUESTIONS, ALL YOU SEE ARE DOLLAR SIGNS AND MATERIAL GAIN.

    YOU NEED TO STOP HATING AND DOING THE WHITE MANS BIDDING AND REACH OUT TO YOUR NORTHERN BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

    AINT NO CLASSIC MUSIC EVER I REPEAT*EVER* CAME OUT OF THE SOUTH
    ONLY THE ORGINAL SOUTHERN OGs MADE THAT MUSIC AS INDICATED.

    ****LEARN YOUR HISTORY SOUTHERN FOOLS******

    GETO BOYZ

    OUTKAST

    MJG & 8BALL

    GOODIE MOB

    2 LIVE CREW

    MC SHY D

    GUCCI CREW

    FEILD MOBB

    NAPPY ROOTS

    ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

    RAHIEM

    DRAMA

    DEF 4

    DJ SCREW

    ANYTHING AFTER THESE BROTHERS IS AND HAS BEEN 1000000% FAKE

    AND THESE CATS GOT LOVE IN NY IN LA IN CHICAGO OHIO EVERYWHERE.

    NOW HOW IS IT THAT IT ISNT THE SAME NOW? AND ONLY GIRLS DANCE TO YOUR MUSIC? CAUSE NlGGAS ARE NOT RESPECTING THE GAME AND ARE BEING LED BY OTHER HOUSE NGGERS AND EUROPEANS.

    WAKE UP. BLACK ON BLACK CRIME.

    • dfwricwil

      Good list but remember each coast music is about the same but put in a different way. Whatever cost they’re from rappers talked about how much money they made, how much dope they sold, and how many people they shot.
      Hell I get tired of hearing that BS and I don’t care what coast it is.

    • Chrisblackusa

      you forgot the first to bring southern swang universal,,,ugk,,,before them everybody from the south were on eastcoast westcoast style of mcing,,,

      • aj

        2 live crew 1985. getto boys 1989

      • Chrisblackusa

        2live crew were on soul sonic force groove,,,getto boys were not rapping texas swang,,,willie d is 1 of my best friends and I love him as my personal friend but he and scareface and bushwick did not drop texas swang style like pimp and bun nonstop,,,

    • I think you forgot Ugk…

  • Jayson C Williams

    But nobody said shit about Trini James being a dumb business man? Told ppl he sold all gold for 30,000 with no royalties no anything. Say what u want he wasn’t hating he made a general statement that doesn’t apply to every rapper down south. Let’s be clear. FOR YEARS ppl hated NYC. Sneak dissing etc, so when a person or group gets on top they lash out like Trinidad James said and say dumb shit about a place every artist needs as far as mRketing and big dollars. Ugod said he liked te music like most New Yorkers do. Don’t be fooled in this media hype. Down south ATL especially has been working with the west & east since the early 90’s facts! Ppl forget money ain’t a thing? Ppl forget east coast labels singing r&b groups like 112. This was 20 years ago.. So all of a sudden we hating on the south or we dont like it? Truth is they’ll make any no name a star in southern markets if he has a hot song but these artists fan out no matter where they are from. Show love and respect because it all goes full circle and it will return

  • FREEfromslavery

    when are you spoiled new york niggas gonna realize that your on life support right now when it comes 2 hip-hop music. your current represenatives are stinking up the airwaves all across amerikkka. your only hope is 2 play some old BIGGIE, WU-TANG OR MOBB DEEP so the young chumps of today can hear how yall use 2 rock the mic. U-GOD was definitely a dope mc but your time has came and went. you cant try 2 save these weak rappers from new york. they stink like hot garbage. maybe your right about these slow ass bama’s signing ignorant contracts. they cant be all that bad of a contract if they making money in your precious city and in your clubs. are some of these southern rappers morons? YES. the bigger question is can we stick a fork in u new york mc’s? YES. because u NYC rappers are done. LIFE SUPPORT. beep,beep,beep, flatline, GOD.

    • Pierre Elliott

      BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HATERRRR

    • dfwricwil

      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GQ

    New York, it’s over. The game about to go West for a while anyway

    • Dave Williams

      just get it out the south ill be fine

  • Elayorx El

    Truthfully, it all comes down to the dollars, and sense. MOST, would be willing to sell their souls, regardless of history, status-quo, etc. I think we all need to keep this in mind, and realize the bigger picture, which almost always continues to be the brontosaurus in the room; and that is the division, and the elephant in the room; the fact that there is no true ownership with any of these places we claim, unless you count the memories, which takes us back to soul selling, because if the memories meant anything, most would not prostitute themselves, or continue to disparage their own, and in public no less. The batteries in the backs of a lot of these cats, is written in their contracts, for them to do, and say certain things, I believe. I’m in agreement with some posts here that allude to us for the most part getting along, in times past. There will always be bad apples, but that does not represent the entire sentiment. All I know is, if I were stuck on an island, and could only have 3 Hip-Hop acts with me, Outkast would have to be one of them, and I’m from up North. Predominantly, we used to be such intelligent, and powerful people, now we’re nothing more than the running joke, and laughing stock of the world. This powder keg can only take so much more bafoonery. Peace to G-Arms, and the entire Wu!

    • Pierre Elliott

      I CANT AGREE MORE. DIVISION. CAUSE EVERY *REGION* HAD THEIR
      *OWN* STYLE. AINT NO STYLE WITH THE SHlT THATS OUT TODAY.

      ONLY ONE SOUND. THERES SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT.

      • Elayorx El

        Real spit fam.

  • Ramesses The Great

    Last time I checked, most down south artists didn’t need to sign record deals. The majority of down south rappers owned record stores, clothing stores and restaurants, to finance their albums. Most southern artists were making more money than every member of Wu Tang back and those other fake east coast artist. Southern artists were going ghetto platinum by distributing their music hand to hand. U-God sounds so ignorant right about now. You would think he would know the history of the music industry. Mostly east coast artists were and are the ones signing slave deals. RZA owns all of U-God’s publishing, so he need to worry about that.

    • dfwricwil

      I agree. Excluding only a couple of artist from NY it seem like
      all the Southern Rappers or paid the most for their craft and dictate what they
      produce and what they own.

    • Pierre Elliott

      THATS A LIE. CAUSE AINT NO RECORD STORES ANYMORE STUPID.

      AND STOP GIVING THIS FALSE IMPRESSION LIKE DUDES IN THE SOUTH IS CAKIN; THEY AINT. THEY BROKE LIKE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.
      WE ARE IN NYC—-WHERE THE STOCK MARKET IS, WORLD TRADE..

      HELLO DUMMIES

  • Pierre Elliott

    WOW I FIND IT REALLY INTERESTING THAT ALL I HEAR IS HATE TOWARDS NY HIP HOP…. WTF IS YALLS PROBLEM? YOU MAD THAT IT DIDNT START IN THE SOUTH? THE THING IS THIS, AND YOU CAN CALL IT WHAT IT IS:

    THE SOUTH SO FAR HASNT STOOD FOR *ANYTHING* OTHER THAN A GOOD TIME
    SYRUP, STRIPPERS AND MORE RECENTLY; MOLLY.

    WHEN THINGS WENT DOWN IN AMERICA—IT WAS THE EAST AND WEST COASTS GOING TO BAT FOR ALL BLACK PEOPLE WHEN IT CAME TO GANGS,DRUGS THE RIOTS—-CROOKED COPS, THE WHOLE DEAL.

    WHAT HAS THE SOUTH EVER SAID; EXCLUDING ALL THE REAL SOUTHERN OGs WHO ACTUALLY SPOKE ABOUT REALITY. LOOK AT WILLIE Ds SOLO ALBUM.

    YOU CAN SAY NY IS DEAD, NY IS OLD. BUT THE THING IS THIS:
    SOON AS YOU COUNT OUT NY OR LA, YOURE DONE. THESE ARE THE PLACES THAT WILL BIRTH THE NEW STYLE, AND BRING IT BACK TO WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO
    BE: MUSIC THAT SPEAKS ITS HEART AND MIND FOR THE PEOPLE.

    AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS—WHICH WILL BE VERY VERY SOON FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD IN CERTAIN CIRCLES. AND EVERYTHING WILL BE DEAD.

    DRAKE, NIKKI WAYNE GUCCI MANE MAINO JAY 50——-

    ALL THESE DUDES WHO HAVE THE CHOICE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AFTER THEY MADE MONEY—-AND THEY CHOSE NOT TO.

    ANYONE WHO THINKS LIKE YOU GUYS DO—BIZ WISE; WOULD AND WILL LOSE
    COMPLETE STOCK.

    TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE WORLD, AND REALIZE LIKE NAS SAID:

    NYC ( queens ) RUN RAP—-ASK RUSSEL SIMMONS.

    • Pierre Elliott

      ENJOY YOURE TIME IN THE SUN——–NlGGERS CAUSE THATS WHAT YALL ARE NOW….

  • aj

    u ny niggaz mad cuz all ya raps be throw backs. And lets be clear, niggaz go platinum out the trunk down here. Check up on that “OG southern Rap list”. all hustle, no luck. Puff anit kin to none of us down here… And this nigga dehydrated. What publishing he got? This dude bandz on E. U up north niggaz kill me actting like u was set free fresh off the boat.

    • Da Ledgendary

      dude, you’re obviously young as hell. The Wu prolly still spending 36 chambers money. Do your homework. These niggas still sell out shows worlwide to this day. Hella fans with Wu tattoos. Who else got them type fans. The OG artists from the south that came up in the 90’s were the ones that grinded it out and got that independent money. These new niggas today is bending over for these labels with there one hit wonder shit. That who U-God is referring to. stop assuming a nigga is broke because he spoke the truth.

      • Screamin that “broke” shit’s the default defense mechanism for these new cats, they always wanna talk that money shit when they have no other leg to stand on.

      • aj

        its the ELEPHANT in the room. U must be still looking to bring home straight A’s on yo paycheck, huh?

      • My paychecks are straight homie PLUS I write my own, that’s none of your concern anyway. Thanks for provin the exact point I was makin though, that niggas STAY worried about the next man’s pockets. I get my bread but that shit’ll NEVER define me my dude, trust and believe that. I know how to live just as contently without it as I do with it, and I ain’t gonna have a half a nervous breakdown if I don’t have it either. That’s what you call TRUE freedom.

      • aj

        but aint that tha topic? U god aint talkin bout a down south deal and what a south nigga a do wit it? Oh, he and u are talkin the same. that is true freedom to say whatever u want without being exact, to prove a point. I guess thats what mrs. parks set on that back of the bus for… U right bout one thing doe, us new cats coming for a lot more then true freedom and content. M.P.R

      • aj

        I m grown. Might be older then u, 1981. And I know Wu tang. And this nigga aint no purple tape, meth, rza, gza, or odb. Niggaz dont even know a U-god line, song, etc. Its crazy, assuming a nigga speaking truth just cuz he talking, especially if we aint talking MONEY.

      • Da Ledgendary

        Yea U-God wasn’t exactly a standout in the Wu, you’re right about that, but he’s speaking the truth about these new niggas signing 360 deals. I know a few people that work at major labels and I’ve witnessed backhanded industry shit. It used to be the Eastcoast artists mostly shopping deals while Southern artists and Westcoast artists went the independent route. But now its the other way around with these new niggas. These young niggas down here is thirsty and not doing their homework and getting raped. You got niggas signing to other artists and never coming out. There are a few exceptions but for the most part, what U-God saying is true.

      • aj

        I respect that u talk bout the FEW u seen, but niggaz been signin weak ass deals all over. This concept an new. EX: LOX, TU PAC, N.W.A. Sum niggaz even put on wit out a deal. EX: 1993 U-GOD. Just stop hatin on tha south like we the only ones. b foreal

      • Da Ledgendary

        Take a Joey BadAss for example. Throwback 90’s brooklyn style rapper, but only 17, 18 years old. Say he get about $5000 grand a show, probably more but i’ll 5k for example. 25 shows = $125,000 in his pocket. And that’s just in the U.S. over the summer. With no songs on the radio. Overseas he’ll get double. You do the math. He keeping all that money from himself minus is management fees. No record labels in his pockets. The young’in eatin. Flatbush Zombies was just out hear in Austin, TX a couple weeks ago. Place was packed and they shut it down. With no songs on the radio. I can name at least 15 more NY artists thats poppin on the underground scene and been eatin good with no radio play or major label support.

      • aj

        sumthing they being doing down south and still doing. kirko bangz, future, yo gotti, gucci, trinidad(I can drow names for weeks). And theses niggaz go hard. C thats what tj was tryin to say, ny use to be the blueprint… not since master p. Even them west coast niggaz doing it way better. miggos, problem, yg. they doing the same thing, we just leading the way. 125k thats a 91 tlc deal. man like i said b4, b foreal. it’s sum niggaz thats eatin them 360 deals in all over the 4 times zones. but 4 now, south hold the torch and been holdin it since tha late 90’s. Its a good possibility will hold for 2 decades. what area you know did dat? ymcmb. thats really why they mad. niggaz hate lookin up and seeing sumthing they cant relate to… shit funny, 94 in reverse. hows it feel to be me?

      • aj

        and I just checked up on them flatbush Zombies and Its fire. it anit no ny rap doe, ny aint chopped and screwed. If i wasnt looking at it on youtube. I wouldnt know they from ny. Not like Joey bad ass

    • Pierre Elliott

      you sound as stupid as the music you listen to

      • aj

        you sick! U got that shoulda, woulda, coulda, if it was like back in the day, DESEASE. U bout as thirsty as dude. yea, U-God!

    • Pierre Elliott

      DUDE AINT NO ONE GONNA BE LISTENIN TO YOUR MUSIC IN 5 YEARS

      • aj

        hoping they do us like they did yall

      • Myish214

        They said the same dumb shit FIVE YEARS AGO!!! It’s cool though…..keep hatin’ & whining bout the South, we’ll just keep cashing those checks on that ass!!

  • aj

    And u on pause if u think success aint down here. Its like u niggaz flying down here. U ask any up nouth all of a sudden living down south nigga, What u doing down here? First thing they say is, shit good down here.

    • Da Ledgendary

      that is true

    • Pierre Elliott

      YEAH ITS GOOD, CAUSE WE SELLIN TREES. BANGIN THE HOES, AND MAKING MOVES YALL NlGGAS IS TOO DUMB TO MAKE.

      I GOT MAD FAM DOWN SOUTH—–I SPENT HALF MY LIFE DOWN THERE AND NGGAS IS STILL IN SHACKS WITH THE LOUD CLOTHES ON, AND SHUCKIN AND JIVIN.

      IT AINT LIKE NY HATES YOU–WE HATE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE YOURE TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT AND YOU MAKE NOTHING OF ANY RELEVANCE.

      AND EVERYTIME I BRING THIS POINT UP—-

      NlGGAS IS ALL CRICKETS.

      • DDB726

        Yall NY Niggas ALWAYS hate when yall aint running shit. Yall had the ball and fumbled. WE down here had to listen to all yall bs for years when the shit yall rap about wasn’t relevant to us. IF all U NY Cats weren’t trying to be the “king of NY” and showed some unity you’d still be running shit.

      • aj

        shit you couldnt do in yo own hood. Thats why you flew down. And you talking bout the places you went down south. you went to tha slicks, where tha shacks at, etc. Ask niggaz where I’m at. N.C. You know, right below V.A. Tre-4 all the way to tha 6-0, 9-deuce, tre-deuce. Aint no shacks down here. Put yo whole face in yo lap down here.

      • Pierre Elliott

        NO MY FAMILY LIVES WELL, MAYBE YOU HEARD OF US CAUSE WE DEEP. GRIER AS IN ROSY AND PAM.
        YEAH AND NGGAS IS BROKE DOWN THERE

      • aj

        Is u talking bout the hollywood 70’s Chick! Nope,never heard of them!.. U broke. Thats why they sent to tha sticks.

  • BigHomie337

    U God might be the most irrelevant nigga from the Wu. Nigga was more like a homie to them niggas more than anything. U God don’t have no credibility to speak on some shit like that. Plus him dissing Trinidad is like him looking in the mirror. He’s never had a hit outside of Wu and never did much for the group. It’s always a bum nigga talking bout another bum nigga.

    • Da Ledgendary

      He’s on every group project and major single.

    • Da Ledgendary

      And these niggas albums still sell like crack overseas and they sell out damn near every show they perform at.

  • ShortDogg

    Dude is speaking the truth!

  • Chrisblackusa

    in my 35yrs of hiphop living and observation and feeding my family from the culture for over 25yrs I know that the grass level south without radio showed hiphop how to get paid without the big labels,,,product was moved in parking lot pimping locations throughout the south,,something that nyc and nj dont congregate like to hangout,,,you can sell 50k units in east texas alone on a good weekend with a squad at different lots posted up,,,peace to u 7,,,,but I see many more small labels making serious guap in texas and lousianna on the move like they moving drugs mentality,,and it works,,

  • Da Ledgendary

    I don’t care what nobody says, U-God always had bars. He was just overshadowed by the other members because he had a more basic flow, plus he didn’t get as much promo when he dropped his solo projects. But that goes to show even the so-called weakest in the Wu would shit on most of these new niggas today. That’s the level or lyricism and skill the Wu always displayed.

    • THANK you, I’ve never been ashamed to admit I liked U-God’s bars. He was far from a Dirt Dog, Meth, Ghost or Rae, but he could still get busy when he wanted to.

      • Da Ledgendary

        exactly!

  • I’m from the Midwest and we listen to all coasts, I’m currently living in the South and can’t deny I love this ish…contrary to popular belief these boys getting Guap down here.