Trinidad James may have been dropped from Def Jam last year but that hasn’t slowed the “All Gold Everything” rapper from putting out work. James recently released his Trips To Trinidad EP and is following it up with a photography book by the same title.
“This book is basically a coffee table piece showing you the culture of Trinidad from a raw and ghetto perspective,” James told XXL. “The book is all photography work and it took about two weeks to put together. I intend on never stopping when it comes to making books. Just wanna keep getting even more creative with them.”
Details about the book are scarce at the moment but it is available for pre-order on his website.
Trinidad James became an industry spark plug in 2012 following the massive success of his viral hit “All Gold Everything” and the subsequent Def Jam deal. The series of events became a source of controversy amongst hip-hop fans and industry execs but there’s no denying that the Atlanta rapper changed the game. MC’s like Bobby Shmurda and O.T. Genasis have followed similar paths– riding a huge viral hit to a deal whether they were ready for the limelight or not.
James recently sat down with Buzzfeed to discuss the formula and how dangerous it is for a young rapper to follow a similar path. “[Labels are] preying on the young children,” explained James. “They’re not giving them a chance to fully develop. Their songs that are popping, they already popped in the underground and the clubs — that’s what the DJs are playing. They’re already turnt up. So what they need is just a good investor, not a major label, just a respectful, loyal, worthy investor, somebody who gets what’s going on and let them be the label…
“I think that’s a problem with hip-hop. I don’t really see it happen like that with singers and overseas artists. In my entire life I had never heard one ounce of news about Lorde, and then she came out of nowhere and had the hardest summer ever and been turnt up ever since,” he continued. “She went from nothing to Taylor Swift in one summer. But when you look at the background, they’d been coaching her and teaching her and nurturing her to be ready for it. I feel like that doesn’t happen with young hip-hop artists that get signed. They just expect us to be already fully military-trained and drop us in the middle of Afghanistan. Come on.”