G-Unit’s 50 Cent recently discussed the current wave of attention rap newcomer Trinidad James has received and why his “All Gold Everything” music video held more weight than the actual song.
In Fif’s perspective, James took a 50/50 shot with making it big in hip-hop by showing off his eye-catching flashy fashion in the visual.
“You see the energy that’s on the record,” Fif told DJ Whoo Kid, referring to buzzing tracks like “All Gold Everything.” “That record, the video was more important than the song. Yeah, what’s his name, Trinidad? That was important because it felt like, ‘Nah, this isn’t real.’ It was a risky choice because we don’t know who Trinidad James is. So for the very first time, you come out looking like that, you’re like, ‘Does this n*gga really look like that?’ When you looked at the video closer, you’re like, ‘Hold up. He’s dead serious.’ It was interesting because you’d look like, ‘Maybe there is a guy out there like that,’ because you’re just talking about clothes at that point. Everything he had on was stylish. He had the Armani draws, he had the gold rings, the Versace slippers and you can’t fake his teeth being like that. Them teeth are really f*cked up like that. He’s the real Pimpin’ Curly! [laughs]” (“Whoolywood Shuffle”)
Coincidentally, Fif’s New York rap rival French Montana hopped on the “All Gold Everything” remix a few days ago.
Earlier Diplo let loose of some information regarding the remix to Trinidad James’ hit single “All Gold Everything”, saying that there are 17 verses. Well it looks like the first cat is out of the bag as French Montana comes through with his verse from the remix; maybe. French takes to the infectiously smooth single and speaks his shit about all his riches and haters. You know that this “All Gold Everything” joint was going to catch fire, it was only a matter of time. Only time will tell how many MC’s, and who they are, will appear on the remix. (Stupid Dope)
A few weeks ago, Trinidad talked about joining forces with Def Jam on an alleged $2 million deal.
It was announced on Thursday that James signed a joint venture deal with the historic hip-hop label, and though no sources would confirm it, the contract is said to be worth $2 million. The next day MTV News caught up with Trinidad to see how life has changed for him and whether he treated himself to something nice for a job well done. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy, but I’m just not the type of guy to be like, ‘Oh, ahh, let’s go buy a Maserati.’ Nah, I’m not that guy,” he said. When MTV News correspondent and “RapFix Live” host Sway Calloway asked the 25-year-old about Def Jam, he played coy but hinted that the label was a front-runner in the Trinidad James sweepstakes. “Historic, historic, a lot of respect,” he said, describing what would become his new recording home. (MTV)
His manager Fly recently discussed hip-hop fans needing to think into the future and respect James’ originality.
“We sat down with everybody,” Trinidad James’ manager, Fly, told CBS Local. “We went with Def Jam because it’s credible. They breed hip-hop culture. And at the end of the day, the deal terms were right. … The thing about it is, you have to be able to change. If you can’t change, you’re not going to grow. That’s what separates the winners and losers.” (CBS Local)
Check out 50 Cent’s interview: