Trinidad James Wants To Work With Adele, Explains "All Gold Everything"
Things are looking pretty golden for Atlanta's Trinidad James. Though he's still an indie rapper in the game about eight months, his video for "All Gold Everything" is #4 on MTV Jams and he's the hottest thing out of "New Atlanta" since 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz, however, paid his rap dues for close to a decade before becoming a superstar.
What Trinidad James thinks about paying dues...
We caught up with Trinidad before his show tonight at Santos Party House Santos Party House (8pm, $10 - $15). Stay Gold.
So is Trinidad James just a moniker or are you really from Trinidad?
No, I'm really from Trinidad. I lived there until I was about 7. Around second I moved to Atlanta. It took some time for me to get adjusted. I had to adapt to whole new surroundings. Kids made fun of me a bit because I was new and different and had an accent. It took me a year to lose my accent. I grew up alone though mostly so I went off and started doing my own thing.
Did you become an outcast?
No not at all. In high school I was real people friendly. I got along with everybody. I wasn't about no beef, I just played sports, mostly football. I just wanted to be fly and get a long with everyone but I was on my own shit.
Is that how the fashion bug first bit you? Because you wanted to stand out as a kid?
Well yeah sort of, but growing up I ain't have shoes and dope clothes so when I grew up and I could buy that I got more into fashion.
So how did making music come about?
Music was something I always appreciated. It's not like I hadn't listened to rap music growing up. It's just I didn't really think about rapping until this year.
So why did you decide on music as a career path?
I wanted to open another lane up for myself. A lot of my friends kept telling me that I could do it. I had some cousins and friends who had a studio in the house. When I used to go over there they'd be doing music. I listen to them and then kick around some shit, you know, nothing serious. But I started catching on.