Trinidad Jame$ came on the scene by complete surprise for most people, an ATL rapper moving from Trinidad and Tobago, to New York then Atlanta. Complex magazine on a “Top ten Atlanta artists to look out for” says: If you set foot in the right spots, you’ll either hear Trinidad James music playing or run into him outside. His originality could lead to him being the first rapper in a while that can appeal to and possibly bridge the many “underground” circles in Atlanta with the listeners who enjoys mainstream radio and the Black Hollywood clubs. Always known for being “witty” when he was growing up, Jame$ was always known for his way with words, admittingly saying that he was only rapping a couple years now, and the mixtape was suppose to be a one time thing. This fashion retailer turned artiste’s mixtape “Don’t Be S.A.F.E (Sensitive As Fvck Everyday)” created a buzz off the single “All Gold Everything” which was not only catchy but had everybody in a frenzy by the style he portrayed. Some people alluded a resemblance to the ATL artiste out of the Goodie Mob “Big Gipp” and even calypsonian “Sugar Aloes” for his gold “swag”. But what caught most people off guard, may simply be the fact that Trinidad Jame$, represents Trinidad. Following in the steps of Nicki Minaj a Brooklyn, New York based rapper also hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, many saw Jame$ as a cheap thrill, trying to cop Ambassador status for the country like The People’s Partnership government did for Nicki (but that’s beside the point). Always seen with a Red, White & Black (the national colours of Trinidad and Tobago) bandanna adorned around his neck more so from his All Gold video, locals echoed sentiments like:
“Trinis rage against James but,
So accepting of the Barbie Doll????
“ah hear he couldn’t figure out where he was from.. one min he cant remember then the next min he family living in the same place since he was small and where he grow up lol”
Those cats are retards.That dude is part Trini or something though”
However after his music has been able to get airplay on Trinidad and Tobago’s radio stations, after soca artiste Machel Montano HD, brought him for his “Machel Monday” concert where he rocked the National stadium with a soca remix to All Gold Everything the hecklers stopped referring to him as the shame of a nation to actually being better than Nicki Minaj? Where’d all this love come from suddenly? All you could hear was that he was a one hit wonder, who had a lucky break, “Def Jam signed him? really?” most people don’t even know he has a mixtape, or more than one song out. Trini radio listener the ask for the song “side chick” to be played, the song of course is none other than “Females Welcomed” his second single (which i thought would’ve been “$outh$ide“), shooting the video, is none other than experienced and legend Jonathan Mannion, if you guys don’t know who he is then you aren’t a real fan of hip-hop/rap, the mere fact that he was the one behind the lens directing speaks wonders to just “how far” Jame$ has come. The video displays parts of our culture in Trinidad with Miss World 2013 contestant Athaliah Samuel (who was also a receiver of many displeasing comments when she was vying for the title, but only had support when she made it in the end) adorned in gold outfits and costumes jab jabs and the ever popular music trucks you can see around Carnival time. Now back to the statement at hand here, all this “Love” for Jame$ can be seen as a regular thing in Trinidad and Tobago, where we criticize everything for its face value, then only begin to realize what its true worth is when and only when we receive something. I simply have one thing to say to that, and that is Don’t be S.A.F.E