Newly signed Def Jam Records rapper Trinidad James recently spoke on his eye-catching rap image and why he wants people to understand his flashy fashion tastes are authentic.
In Trinidad’s eyes, he would rather people not mess with him at all if they believe there is anything made up or falsified in his image or lifestyle.
“I might be the most ‘Put everything on the table’ type of guy in the game,” Trinidad told DJ Whoo Kid when asked how authentic his image is. “It’s on the table. At least in the last, since 2000. So you either gonna hate me for what you know or it’s whatever, or you’ll f*ck with me forever. I don’t want you to f*ck with me for some sh*t that I fabricated and then when you find out you hate me more than people who already hated me because n*ggas hate and I lose everybody and I’m over here working at Wal-Mart. Then all the girls I f*cked with, at the age of 37 they’ll be like, ‘All look, there’s the ‘All Gold’ man! … I don’t want to be that guy, man! I don’t want to be that guy. Nobody wants to be that guy who had a song that was popping off his chain and then he just fall off because it was fake, it wasn’t real. I promise you, whether it’s this year or ten years down the line, when people find out you was faking some sh*t, bruh, it’s the worst sh*t ever.” (Shade 45)
A few days ago, G-Unit’s 50 Cent spoke on the risk James took by introducing himself visually on “All Gold Everything” and taking a chance with hip-hop fans accepting him.
“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”)
After initially getting amped up by Bad Boy’s French Montana, James’ “All Gold Everything” latest remix features a slew of Atlanta rap stars.
Trinidad James strikes gold twice with the remix to his ubiquitous single “All Gold Everything.” The Atlanta rapper, who inked a $2 million deal with Def Jam, calls on three of his fellow ATLiens–T.I., Young Jeezy, and 2 Chainz. According to Diplo, there’s also an extended remix with 17 verses on the way. (Rap-Up)
The rapper’s manager Fly recently spoke on hip-hop needing to welcome in fresh ideas and versatility.
“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)
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