Trinidad James

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Trinidad James
Trinidad James 2013.jpg
James performing in August 2013
Background information
Birth name Nicholas James Williams
Born (1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 30)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago[1]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website tjamesworld.com

Nicholas James Williams (born September 23, 1987), better known by his stage name Trinidad James (often stylized as Trinidad Jame$), is a Trinidadian-born American rapper.[3] In 2012, he signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings.[4] Without a debut album being released, he was dropped from the label in 2014, although he continues to release music as an independent artist.[5]

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Williams was born on September 23, 1987, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.[1] His family moved to Canada, Florida, and New York before settling in Bronx, New York.[3] As a child, he went to Catholic school.[3] He has stated he cannot remember any parts of his life before the age of seven because of a head injury.[3] In the eighth grade, he moved to New York City, where he began playing basketball.[3] He began rapping in November 2011.[6] He has listed Jay-Z, Cam'ron, T.I., and Young Jeezy, as his influences.[7]

Career[edit]

In 2012, James released his official debut single, called "All Gold Everything", which has charted in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was taken from his official debut mixtape, titled Don't Be S.A.F.E. (Sensitive As Fuck Everyday), which was released on July 31, 2012,[8] and officially re-released with a music video on October 16, 2012. On December 13, 2012, it was announced, James has signed a joint venture with Def Jam Records for approximately $2 million.[9] In January, Def Jam re-released Don't Be S.A.F.E to iTunes, which included the remix to "All Gold Everything" featuring 2 Chainz, T.I., and Young Jeezy.[10]

On August 6, 2013, he announced that he would be releasing his second mixtape, titled 10 PC Mild, on August 13.[11] After months of not releasing any new music, James announced that he has been dropped from Def Jam on August 1, 2014. He also stated that he is planning on releasing his album on the label that will now be released for free, and the producers and rappers, who contributed to the project should not expect any compensation because he has "no money".[12] In April 2016, James released the single "Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy)" featuring Mystikal and Lil Dicky.[13] On December 31, 2016 New Years James dropped a mixtape "The Wake Up 2" to streaming services such as Spotify and to mixtape websites alike.

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US R&B
[15]
US Rap
[16]
Don't Be S.A.F.E.[17]
  • Released: October 16, 2012
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital download
103 23 13
10 PC Mild[11]
  • Released: August 13, 2013
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital download
The Wake Up EP[18]
  • Released: January 3, 2015
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format Digital Download
No One Is Safe[19]
  • Released: January 20, 2015
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital Download
Trips to Trinidad EP[20]
  • Released: April 18, 2015
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format Digital Download
Trappy Mother's Day EP[21]
  • Released: May 8, 2016
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital Download
The Wake Up 2
  • Released: December 31, 2016
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital Download
Father FiGGa
  • Released: July 28, 2017
  • 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
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"All Gold Everything" 2012 36 9 6 Don't Be S.A.F.E.
"Females Welcomed" 2013 [A]
"Palm Trees"
(featuring Cavie)
2015 non-album single
"Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy)"
(featuring Mystikal and Lil Dicky)
2016 [B] TBA
"—" 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
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"I Luv This Shit"
(August Alsina featuring Trinidad James)
2013 48 13
  • RIAA: Platinum[25]
Testimony
"Work (Remix)"
(ASAP Ferg featuring ASAP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James and Schoolboy Q)
  • RIAA: Platinum[26]
Trap Lord
"Be Ok"
(Earlly Mac featuring Trinidad James)
2015 Cousin Trap
"—" 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
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"GuWop Nigga"[27] 2012 Gucci Mane N/A
"That Turn Up"[28] Mike WiLL Made It Est. In 1989 2.5
"Flat Out"[29] Wale Folarin
"Fukk Off"[30] Grip Plyaz, Go Dreamer Purp, Wind & Fire
"Fugginhudumarra"[30] Grip Plyaz, Aleon Craft
"Jackie Joyner"[30]
"M.O.E." (Remix)[31] 2013 Cash Out N/A
"N.I.Y.S."[32] Ducko McFli
"I Can't Wait"[33] Young Scooter
"Who You Rollin' Wit"[34] Mach Five Art of Rap
"No Room"[35] 8Ball Premro 2
"4 My Niggas"[36] Travis Porter Mr. Porter
"My Last Molly Song Ever I Promise"[37] Problem, Gunplay The Separation
"Purple Haze"[38] Curren$y, Lloyd New Jet City
"My Girl Pussy"[39] Bangladesh Ponzi Scheme
"Conversations On That Brown"[40] Scotty Faith
"Game"[41] Scotty, Big K.R.I.T.
"My Trunk"[42] Big K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time)
"Pimp Scholar"[43] Mach Five We Ballin'
"On the Low"[44] Logic, Kid Ink Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever
"Hoodrich Anthem" (HxV Remix)[45] DJ Scream, 2 Chainz, Future, Waka Flocka Flame, Yo Gotti The Ratchet Superior
"Killers"[46] Curren$y N/A
"Groupie"[47] Young Dro, B.o.B Day Two
"Make It Mine"[48] Kirko Bangz Progression III
"FDB" (Remix)[49] Young Dro, DJ Drama, T.I., French Montana N/A
"Pablo"[50] Gucci Mane, E-40 Diary Of A Trap God
"Make Ya Scream"[51] Chevy Woods Gang Land 2
"미친놈 (Success Crazed) Feat. Gray, Loco, Simon Dominic & Trinidad James" 2014 Jay Park Evolution
"Uptown Funk" (Remix) 2015 Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Uptown Special
"The Gun" 2016 Cash Cash, Dev, Chrish Blood, Sweat & 3 Years

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Gold On My Macbook" 2012 Corey Davis[52]
"All Gold Everything" Motion Family[53]
"Southside"
(featuring ForteBowie)
2013 Decatur Dan[54]
"All Gold Everything" (Remix)
(featuring T.I., Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz)
Motion Family[55]
"Females Welcomed" Jonathan Mannion[56]
"Just A Lil' Thick (She Juicy)"
(featuring Mystikal and Lil Dicky)
2016 Jon J

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Females Welcomed" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number nine on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[23]
  2. ^ "Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy)" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number two on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Fears, Tawni. "3 Questions With: Trinidad James' Label Mate Rich Homie Quan". AllHipHop. 
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  4. ^ Horowitz, Steven (December 12, 2012). "Trinidad James Officially Announces Signing To Def Jam". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Markman, Rob (August 28, 2014). "Trinidad James Reveals The Real Reason He Got Dropped By Def Jam". MTV.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Learning To Rap — Who Is Trinidad James?". Complex. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Musical Influences — Who Is Trinidad James?". Complex. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  8. ^ "Dont Be S.A.F.E. | Trinidad Jame$". Trinidadjames.bandcamp.com. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  9. ^ 12/05/2012 15:40:18 (2012-12-13). "Trinidad James Signs Joint Venture With Def Jam - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Don't Be S.A.F.E. by Trinidad James". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  11. ^ a b "Trinidad Jame$ Reveals His New Project In An Exclusive Sitdown with Miss Info #10PCMild". MissInfo.tv. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Trinidad Jame$ Dropped From Def Jam After Two Years". XXL. 
  13. ^ "Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy) [feat. Mystikal & Lil Dicky] - Single by Trinidad James". iTunes. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Trinidad James – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Trinidad James - Chart history - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Trinidad James - Chart history - Rap Albums". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
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  19. ^ "Trinidad James Announces Free 'No One Is SaFe' Album To Come And Drops New 'Blackman Pt. 2′ Track". KarenCivil.com. 
  20. ^ "Trinidad James - Trips To Trinidad EP". DatPiff. 
  21. ^ "Trinidad James - Trappy Mother's Day". RateYourMusic. 
  22. ^ "American certifications – Trinidad James". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Trinidad James - Chart History for Females Welcomed". Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Trinidad James - Chart History for Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy)". Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ "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
  26. ^ "American single certifications – A$AP Ferg – Work". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 9, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
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  29. ^ "Tracklisting: Wale – 'Folarin'". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. December 23, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
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  31. ^ "Cash Out f. Trinidad James "M.O.E. Remix". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  32. ^ Frydenlund, Zach (January 9, 2013). "Listen: Ducko McFli f/ Trinidad Jame$ "N.I.Y.S". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Young Scooter f. Trinidad James "I Can't Wait". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 9, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Mach Five f. Trinidad James "Who You Rollin' Wit". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  35. ^ "8Ball "Premro 2" Mixtape Download & Stream". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Travis Porter f. Trinidad James "4 My Niggas". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 30, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  37. ^ 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. 
  38. ^ Isenberg, Daniel (February 3, 2013). "Mixtape: Curren$y "New Jet City". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  39. ^ Paine, Jake (March 14, 2013). "Bangladesh "Ponzi Scheme" Mixtape Stream & Download Link". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Listen: Scotty f/ Trinidad James "Conversations On That Brown"". Complex. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Scotty f. Trinidad Jame$ & Big K.R.I.T. - GAME". HipHop DX. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
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  43. ^ "Mach Five f. Trinidad James - Pimp Scholar". HipHop DX. April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Logic Releases New Mixtape "Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever" [Download Now] - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
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  47. ^ "Young Dro f. B.o.B. & Trinidad Jame$ - Groupie". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  48. ^ "New Music: Kirko Bangz – 'Progression 3′ [Mixtape]". Rap-Up.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  49. ^ "Young Dro f. DJ Drama, French Montana, T.I. & Trinidad James - FDB Remix". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  50. ^ Mayorga, Dean. "Gucci Mane "Diary Of A Trap God" Cover Art, Tracklisting, Download & Mixtape Stream". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  51. ^ "Chevy Woods - Gang Land 2 Hosted by DJ Drama // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
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  53. ^ "Trinidad James "All Gold Everything". Vevo. January 10, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  54. ^ "Video: Trinidad James ft. Forte Bowie – Southside". Nah Right. January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
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  56. ^ "Video: Trinidad James – 'Female$ Welcomed'". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. March 27, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

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