Trinidad James

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Trinidad James
Trinidad James Performing in Atlanta; 2013 2014-05-21 22-47.jpg
James performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Williams
Born(1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 26)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
LabelsT.I.G. Entertainment, Gold Gang Records (current)
Def Jam (former)
Associated actsRich Homie Quan[1]
Websitetrinidadjamesgg.com
 
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Trinidad James
Trinidad James Performing in Atlanta; 2013 2014-05-21 22-47.jpg
James performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Williams
Born(1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 26)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
LabelsT.I.G. Entertainment, Gold Gang Records (current)
Def Jam (former)
Associated actsRich Homie Quan[1]
Websitetrinidadjamesgg.com

Nicholas Williams (born September 23, 1987), better known by his stage name Trinidad James (often stylized as Trinidad Jame$), was a Trinidadian-born American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.[2] In 2012, he signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings and subsequently launched his own record label, Gold Gang Records.[3]

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Port of Spain. His family moved to Canada, Florida, and New York before settling in Atlanta, Georgia.[4] He went to Catholic school as a child.[4] He has stated that he cannot remember any parts of his life before the age of seven because of a head injury.[4] In eighth grade, he moved to South Carolina, where he began playing basketball.[4] He began rapping in November 2011.[5] He has listed Cam'ron, Jay-Z, T.I., and Young Jeezy as influences.[6]

Musical career[edit]

James' debut single, "All Gold Everything", has charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip Hop charts. It is taken from his debut mixtape, Don't Be S.A.F.E. (Sensitive As Fuck Everyday), originally released on July 31, 2012,[7] and officially re-released with a music video on October 16, 2012. On December 13, 2012, it was announced that James had signed a joint venture with Def Jam Records for approximately $2 million.[8] In January, Def Jam released Don't Be S.A.F.E to iTunes, which included the official remix of "All Gold Everything" featuring 2 Chainz, T.I, and Young Jeezy.[9]

On August 6, 2013, he announced he would be releasing his second mixtape, 10 PC Mild, on August 13.[10] After months of not releasing music, James announced that he had been dropped from Def Jam on August 1, 2014. He also stated that the album he planned to release on the label will now be released for free, and that producers and rappers who contributed to the project should not expect any compensation because he has "no money".[11]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
TitleAlbum details
Don't Be S.A.F.E.[12]
  • Released: October 16, 2012
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital download
10 PC Mild[10]
  • Released: August 13, 2013
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
US R&B
US Rap
"All Gold Everything"20123696Don't Be S.A.F.E.
"Females Welcomed"2013
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
US R&B
US Rap
"I Luv This Shit"
(August Alsina featuring Trinidad James)
20134813Testimony
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"GuWop Nigga"[15]2012Gucci ManeN/A
"That Turn Up"[16]Mike WiLL Made ItEst. In 1989 2.5
"Flat Out"[17]WaleFolarin
"Fukk Off"[18]Grip Plyaz, Go DreamerPurp, Wind & Fire
"Fugginhudumarra"[18]Grip Plyaz, Aleon Craft
"Jackie Joyner"[18]
"M.O.E." (Remix)[19]2013Cash OutN/A
"N.I.Y.S."[20]Ducko McFli
"I Can't Wait"[21]Young Scooter
"Who You Rollin' Wit"[22]Mach FiveArt of Rap
"No Room"[23]8BallPremro 2
"4 My Niggas"[24]Travis PorterMr. Porter
"My Last Molly Song Ever I Promise"[25]Problem, GunplayThe Separation
"Purple Haze"[26]Curren$y, LloydNew Jet City
"My Girl Pussy"[27]BangladeshPonzi Scheme
"Conversations On That Brown"[28]ScottyFaith
"Game"[29]Scotty, Big K.R.I.T.
"My Trunk"[30]Big K.R.I.T.K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time)
"Pimp Scholar"[31]Mach FiveWe Ballin'
"On the Low"[32]Logic, Kid InkYoung Sinatra: Welcome to Forever
"Work" (Remix)[33]A$AP Ferg, ASAP Rocky, French Montana, Schoolboy QTrap Lord
"Hoodrich Anthem" (HxV Remix)[34]DJ Scream, 2 Chainz, Future, Waka Flocka Flame, Yo GottiThe Ratchet Superior
"Killers"[35]Curren$yN/A
"Groupie"[36]Young Dro, B.o.BDay Two
"Make It Mine"[37]Kirko BangzProgression III
"FDB" (Remix)[38]Young Dro, DJ Drama, T.I., French MontanaN/A
"Pablo"[39]Gucci Mane, E-40Diary Of A Trap God
"Make Ya Scream"[40]Chevy WoodsGang Land 2

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
TitleYearDirector(s)
"Gold On My Macbook"2012Corey Davis[41]
"All Gold Everything"Motion Family[42]
"Southside"
(featuring ForteBowie)
2013Decatur Dan[43]
"All Gold Everything" (Remix)
(featuring T.I., Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz)
Motion Family[44]
"Females Welcomed"Jonathan Mannion[45]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fears, Tawni. "3 Questions With: Trinidad James' Label Mate Rich Homie Quan". AllHipHop. 
  2. ^ Cee, Kymmi. "Who's Next: Trinidad James". Good*Fella Media. Good*Fella Media, Inc. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Horowitz, Steven (December 12, 2012). "Trinidad James Officially Announces Signing To Def Jam". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Growing Up in Atlanta — Who Is Trinidad James?". Complex. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Learning To Rap — Who Is Trinidad James?". Complex. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Musical Influences — Who Is Trinidad James?". Complex. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Dont Be S.A.F.E. | Trinidad Jame$". Trinidadjames.bandcamp.com. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  8. ^ 12/05/2012 15:40:18 (2012-12-13). "Trinidad James Signs Joint Venture With Def Jam - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Don't Be S.A.F.E. by Trinidad James". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  10. ^ a b "Trinidad Jame$ Reveals His New Project In An Exclusive Sitdown with Miss Info #10PCMild". MissInfo.tv. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  11. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/08/trinidad-james-relieved-of-his-duties-by-def-jam/
  12. ^ Trinidad James - Don't Be S.A.F.E // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com
  13. ^ "American certifications – Trinidad James". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American single certifications – August Alsina – I Luv This S**t". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 18, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "Gucci Mane f. Trinidad James "GuWop Nigga". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. December 23, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ "New Music: Trinidad James – ‘That Turn Up’". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. December 23, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tracklisting: Wale – ‘Folarin’". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. December 23, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c Frydenlund, Zach (January 5, 2013). "Mixtape: Grip Plyaz "Purp, Wind & Fire". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Cash Out f. Trinidad James "M.O.E. Remix". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ Frydenlund, Zach (January 9, 2013). "Listen: Ducko McFli f/ Trinidad Jame$ "N.I.Y.S.". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Young Scooter f. Trinidad James "I Can't Wait". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 9, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Mach Five f. Trinidad James "Who You Rollin' Wit". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  23. ^ "8Ball "Premro 2" Mixtape Download & Stream". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Travis Porter f. Trinidad James "4 My Niggas". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 30, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  25. ^ Isenberg, Daniel (January 30, 2013). "Listen: Problem f/ Gunplay and Trinidad James "My Last Molly Song Ever, I Promise". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  26. ^ Isenberg, Daniel (February 3, 2013). "Mixtape: Curren$y "New Jet City". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  27. ^ Paine, Jake (March 14, 2013). "Bangladesh "Ponzi Scheme" Mixtape Stream & Download Link". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Listen: Scotty f/ Trinidad James "Conversations On That Brown"". Complex. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Scotty f. Trinidad Jame$ & Big K.R.I.T. - GAME". HipHop DX. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  30. ^ Paine, Jake (April 10, 2013). "Big K.R.I.T. "King Remembered In Time" Stream & Download Link". HipHop DX. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Mach Five f. Trinidad James - Pimp Scholar". HipHop DX. April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Logic Releases New Mixtape "Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever" [Download Now] - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  33. ^ "A$AP Ferg f. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James & Schoolboy Q - Work Remix". HipHop DX. May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  34. ^ "DJ Scream - The Ratchet Superior EP // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  35. ^ "Curren$y Trinidad James Killer$". Complex. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  36. ^ "Young Dro f. B.o.B. & Trinidad Jame$ - Groupie". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  37. ^ "New Music: Kirko Bangz – ‘Progression 3′ [Mixtape]". Rap-Up.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  38. ^ "Young Dro f. DJ Drama, French Montana, T.I. & Trinidad James - FDB Remix". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  39. ^ Mayorga, Dean. "Gucci Mane "Diary Of A Trap God" Cover Art, Tracklisting, Download & Mixtape Stream". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  40. ^ "Chevy Woods - Gang Land 2 Hosted by DJ Drama // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  41. ^ "Trinidad James - Gold on My MacBook". YouTube. July 18, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  42. ^ "Trinidad James "All Gold Everything". Vevo. January 10, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  43. ^ "Video: Trinidad James ft. Forte Bowie – Southside". Nah Right. January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Video: Trinidad James f/ T.I., Young Jeezy, & 2 Chainz – ‘All Gold Everything (Remix)’". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  45. ^ "Video: Trinidad James – ‘Female$ Welcomed’". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. March 27, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

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