Atlanta rapper Trinidad James is not looking back at dicey comments he made last year about the New York rap scene and is near the finish line with an upcoming solo album.
While he kept the details to a minimum, TJ hinted at what fans could expect from his long-awaited release.
“For people that are actually fans of me, they’re going to love it, like it’s going to be their favorite album. It’s just the way I personally feel. In general “All Gold Everything” can’t last me for the rest of my life. If you really want to be a fan of Trinidad James you have to listen to my actual projects. With that being said, for those people who only listened to “All Gold Everything”, I hope it’ll give them a better understanding. I brought both worlds together for my first two projects. When you first hear it you’re gonna be like “Man, I didn’t think that kid had that it in him.” It’s 10 tracks once again, because that’s my thing.” (Crib Notes)
The rapper also promised his mystery solo release would be considered an elite effort.
“When you hear the album, even if it sold one copy, or five copies, and you got one of those copes, you would know that this is a classic, straight up and down. It’s bigger then the people actually playing on it. It’s about making the whole world understand.” (Crib Notes)
Recently, fellow Southern rapper T.I. said James’ comments about New York hip-hop did not fully represent the entire city of Atlanta.
“Trinidad is authorized to speak on Trinidad. That’s one, and this is not a derogatory statement towards Trinidad, but he can’t speak for me. He can’t speak. And since I am a part of Atlanta, I don’t think it’s adequate that he speak for the entire population of Atlanta. So, I just don’t think that, with all due respect, I don’t think he’s come that far and walked that walk enough yet to where that will be accepted without ridicule.” (This Is 50)
In a video clip released last November, James addressed the controversy he sparked in New York.
“I’m Trinidad James and I said out of my mouth, when I was in New York doing a show for Converse – that Atlanta runs New York. Musically. I also said the artists that are popping out of New York on a grand scale, you might as well say they’re from Atlanta. And after I said that, I said, ‘Eh, I’m not trying to start nothing but if you feel some type of way? Eh. It is what it is.’ It’s whatever because I don’t give a f*ck. Right message. Wrong messenger. When I say wrong messenger, I’m not saying that because I only have one hit record, no album yet, that ‘Oh, I don’t have the right credentials to say that.’ What happened was, I picked the wrong place to have a barbershop conversation.” (“The Truth Will Set You Free”)