Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill recently spoke on the buzz currently surrounding newly signed Def Jam rapper Trinidad James and said the Atlanta hip-hop artist’s popularity is amazingly high right now.
Although he has only met James a few times, Meek fully stood behind the rapper’s movement.
“Trinidad James is spitting that fire right now,” Meek said in an interview. “He’s shining, he’s living, he’s buzzing fast. He’s doing his thing. All love. You know what I’m saying? He’s a cool homie. I met him a couple of times, he’s a cool boy. He’s doing his thing.” (Rap-Up TV)
Recently, James killed hype and speculation suggesting he would blow his alleged $2 million Def Jam deal on material things.
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)
A few days ago, his manager Fly spoke on the mega partnership.
“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)
Both Trinidad and label head Joie Manda cemented their new business bond last week.
“Def Jam, thank you for believing,” says Trinidad James. The signing also includes a joint venture with the rapper’s Gold Gang Records. Trinidad is now on the same imprint as Kanye West, 2 Chainz and more. “We’re excited to welcome a young talent like Trinidad James to the Def Jam family,” Joie Manda says. “Def Jam prides itself as both a cornerstone of hip-hop’s rich tradition, and as a vital, forward-thinking label dedicated to breaking and nurturing emerging artists. Trinidad James represents the cutting-edge of what’s happening in the culture today. We are thrilled to have him at the label, and look forward to growing his already massive buzz.” (Billboard)
Check out Meek Mill’s interview: