Rumors were swirling yesterday on Twitter that Trinidad James inked a $2 million deal with Def Jam Records. After much speculation, Billboard confirms exclusively that the Atlanta rapper has chose to sign with Def Jam.
The label’s president, Joie Manda, says that James represents what’s going on in hip-hop today. He is excited to have a young talent like him join the evergrowing Def Jam roster. Read what they had to say below.
Joie Manda: “We’re excited to welcome a young talent like Trinidad James to the Def Jam family 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.”
Trinidad James: “Def Jam, thank you for believing.”
Since October, James’ viral hit, “All Gold Everything,” has already reached up to 2.7 million views on YouTube. His mixtape, Don’t Be S.A.F.E., is available on iTunes now.—Eric Diep