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My Story by Trinidad Jame$

I was born in Trinidad, so I’m always going to be Trini to the bone. But I’m from Atlanta. Atlanta is where I spent most of my years, went to middle school, elementary school, graduated high school, the man that pretty much molded into what I am got molded by Atlanta.

Being a Freshman, it’s definitely an experience. It’s dope, or whatever. It’s another obstacle in life that I’m conquering. So it’s cool. I definitely couldn’t have predicted it. But I did say last year—when I started doing music and the way it started to get responses—that I really wanted to be on this cover because I felt like I was a true freshman. I think the later part of the year last year I was like, ‘I just wanna be on this Freshman cover.’ I felt like I was doing the right things and I had all the right criteria to be a Freshman when it comes to music. Really, I’m just a big fan of music. I love music, and I just felt like I had my own message to relay to people. So I decided to go for it, and now I’m here.

When I was younger, like 15, I started writing freestyles with my cousin. Then I stopped for a long time, and I picked it up really the latter part of 2011 and 2012. And the latter part of 2012 is when I really kicked off with it.

I put out the song first on Soundcloud, but nobody listened to it. Nobody knew who I was, period. Like, I’m a real, true Freshman to the game. That was, like, my first shit. The 10 songs on my album are the first 10 songs I recorded. With that being said, I have to work double and triple as hard to get people onto the project, to understand who Trinidad Jame$ is as a person. It’s an all-day’s work. When I did “All Gold Everything,” I was happy I went with that visual first because I guess that was my business-mind, like, this will be the right one to define me. That’s what that song is all about: It tells you what I’m not about and what I’m about; what I respect and what I don’t respect. That’s what it’s all about. That don’t mean I pop Molly every day. People take those conceptions and run with it, but that ain’t got shit to do with me. I mean, my music is about real life, man. So I don’t really have all that rappity-rappity cool shit for you. I like to listen to that, but I’ll never be that type of nigga who tries to do it. I’ll never be that person. That ain’t me. I just give you my life, the way I want to relay it, and either you can relate or not. At the end of the day, you’ve got to think about that it is my life. So you might not relate, but if you can relate, that’s what makes people listen to more of your music. If they can’t relate, it’s cool but they pass on. Either way, it is what it is. You listen.

I’m a real nigga. I keep it real with you. I’m a down to earth person. I’m in to the fashion that I like. I like fucking with the people that I fuck with. I still fuck with the same people that I came up with. I’m not really big on all that hoopla shit, all that bourgeois shit, all that fame. Like, I ain’t ask for it, I was chose for it. I didn’t beg for it; I didn’t come into the game with no co-signs, or knowing no nigga, no DJ, none of that shit. My tape came out by itself. I did it with one engineer and no opinions. Fuck anybody who has something to say about it. At the end of the day when I was done with it, I liked it, I loved it, and that’s it, bro. Your opinion of it is your opinion of it. At the end of the day, I ain’t lying to you and I’m being real about my shit. That’s all that matters to me.

I just want people to listen to my music. I want to bring back that essence of listening to music. Put it like this: Listening to Kendrick’s songs on the radio now doesn’t mean that Kendrick just became a good artist because you just now heard his shit on the radio. He’s been a good artist; fuck you talking about? You’ve got to go listen to music. I want to really bring that back on the forefront, where people go and listen to albums and get away from that radio shit. It’s hard, because everybody has a radio, but maybe doesn’t have $16 to go buy an album. But, we’ll see how it goes. I really want to work with Adele. That’s who I really want to work with, personally. And for everybody else, it’s if it happens. For me, I just want to work with Adele. That’s all it is, period. Everybody else, if it happens it happens. This industry is weird, but if I had to put my foot down, like, ‘what do you want, Trinidad?’ I want to work with Adele. Everybody else, shit, hopefully. It’s like, when you was coming up you was working with anybody, just working with niggas and doing music, but now when money and all that other shit gets involved shit changes. But I ain’t got time for that. Trinidad wants to work with Adele. Anybody else, if you’re doing good music and we’re around each other, let’s work, bro.

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  • Lebron

    Another shitty, gimmicky rapper.

  • Raws

    class clown.. started rapping again “the latter part of 2011?” how did this guy get recognition so quickly? he just sounds ignorant and lackadaisical.

  • Benny the Jet


  • John Nicholson

    I have a a fresh respect for this artist. I’m still punch-drunk with awe how he made it, but I respect the fact that he’s aware of his skill level and that he’s a fan first. He’s not so air-heaed and he knows his place. I wouldn’t cop his album, but as an artist, I pray that he develops. He has a distinguishing look about him. Sorta reminds me of Lil B but hey….he’s doing something right. Having skills and talent doesn’t mean you have the work ethic. And alot of the freshmen here have a work ethic. What I also admire is that he didn’t have any co-signs…and thats big for marketing your music. When you have a big name in your corner.

    Lyrically, he’s a Ford Focus….but he’s accepted that. And as long as he’s not speaking as if he’s better than the other artists, from one artist to another (because I’m a lyricist and a lover of music), I yield my respect. Hope he develops considering that he’s still young in skill level.


      “Lyrically, he’s a Ford Focus” hahahaha

    • MrUrkel

      You know what… I now respect him and you for saying that. I never truly looked at it that way. I’m too stubborn to be so “socially-aware” or all about the “conscious” rappers are the ones who work the hardest. Thank you for that.

  • Adele?!? NIqqA WHAT?!?

    Damn how the hell would a Trinidad Jame$ and Adele song sound?? lol weird

  • LukeDavenport

    he makes good music. nuff said

  • The Nicest

    He gets unnecessary hate. He’s actually pretty humble for what he raps about. Watch his Nardwuar interview he isn’t arrogant but he’s actually a nice dude. For a guy who just started he’s already progressing pretty well and people say that ‘All Gold Everything’ is his only song. Listen to Givin’ No Fucks his stuff is deep people just need to be stop being ignorant cause he’s getting more attention than their favorite rapper.

    • Swagzilla

      he’s humble but it doesn’t change the fact he’s trash

  • Matt Chase

    no disrespect….but seriously how did he get on the XXL cover…i remember during the summer hearing “all gold everything” and thinking this would be another worldstar one hit wonder cause it was just that basic…..idk maybe i just haven’t heard his REAL songs…i just don’t agree with this, he just blew up in less than a year, you got guys on the cover that has been rapping for years, mixtapes under their belt and thousands of fans behind him then you have james….idk im not hating…i’m just thoroughly confused to be quite honest

  • Eric Davis

    i’m done

  • YungKizz


  • Swagzilla

    How did I KNOW he was going to rehash a bunch of “all gold everything” lines.

    I wish I bet money on that. smh, Trinidad James wasted his one chance to really show he wasn’t a gimmicky ass rapper.

    • WFColonel56

      I think he showed that on his mixtape. 97% of people judge him based on all gold everything but his whole mixtape is a great body of work. It was one of my favorite projects of last year

  • FamOverEverything93

    Seems like a nice guy, but still lacking skills as a rapper.

  • Kyle Terrell Joseph

    Im a fan, but this freestyle was garbage

  • Infamous

    didn’t really feel it,sounded like he was tryna freestyle to all gold everything without the beat

  • Jay Fisha


  • Jay Fisha

    Congrats James – YGMA

  • Michael Polk

    worst freestyle I ever heard wtf was that!

  • garrett

    he said writin freestyles lol dumb as hell

    • Professional Misfit

      Big Daddy Kane wrote freestyles. So there was nothing wrong with that comment. Freestyles were just verses written with no real meaning and just used to show off what you can do. There’s a difference between a freestyle and an “impromptu” freestyle.

  • KDTreyFive

    Trinidad and Gucci Mane! Trinidad and Gucci Mane! Dudes not the nicest, but damn he was working. Went from unnoticed to signed within 8 months! Hard work pays off, point blank.

  • Terrell Peyton

    I’m srry i’m da fuck is gonna say it wat the fuck is Trinidad doin here? still would have liked to see ferg instead jus sayin.

  • 90s Hip Hop

    This is one of the worst freestyles i have ever heard

  • Julio

    He may rap about Bitches and Money like everyone else but you gotta give em props for keeping it real he isint out there calling himself the best like that asshole 2 chainz and he isint caught up in himself if you ever see his interviews the dude is actually pretty cool i like his music because of that. the fact is he got discovered so quick cause alot of people liked his music and his music gets hype that dosent say shit about him that says shit about the type of music people listen to now hes just keeping it real

  • Posse+


  • JeromeFromTheTimes

    For real? That was dude’s Freshman freestyle? FUCK OUTTA HERE! I see the FUCC BOY NATION is heavily represented in this class…