Trinidad James Signs to Def Jam

Trinidad James

Trinidad James is taking his buzz to the bank. The “All Gold Everything” rapper has signed a lucrative deal with Def Jam Recordings.

Hot on the heels of his ubiquitous single, Billboard.com has confirmed that the 25-year-old will join the label’s star-studded roster, which includes Kanye West, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Young Jeezy.

After being pursued by several labels including Atlantic Records, he chose Def Jam as his new home. The deal, rumored to be worth $2 million, also includes a joint venture with James’ Gold Gang Records.

“We’re excited to welcome a young talent like Trinidad James to the Def Jam family,” the label’s president, Joie Manda, told Billboard. “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.”

The Atlanta-bred rapper dropped his mixtape Don’t Be S.A.F.E. on iTunes earlier this month, while his single “All Gold Everything” has become a viral sensation, racking up 2.8 million views on YouTube and receiving the remix treatment from rappers including Tyga.

“Def Jam, thank you for believing,” said James, who can also be heard on “That Turn Up” off Mike WiLL Made It’s upcoming mixtape Est. in 1989 Pt. 2.5.

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23 Comments

  1. MostHated

    Who?!

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  2. #BEENTRILL

    Why?!

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  3. BobbyBorisovvv

    Is it really that easy to get signed these days?

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  4. Mariah2013

    is this an actual joke?! when there are soooo many talented artists waiting to be signed with so much potential. wow. im not trying to be rude but .. just wow

    i suppose its a business like everything else. i shouldnt be surprised really. #profitMaximisation #shameful

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  5. MRB

    HipHop is now offically dead! Who ever signed this man needs to be fired!!!!!!!

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  6. GTFOH

    FAIL

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  7. balenciaga

    he looks mentally challenged! foh!

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  8. ladyrt23

    This is called spoof rapping. his style of clothing
    resembles wiz k. His flow is reminiscent of
    2 chainz.

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  9. Ice

    He’s growing on me alot, his mixtape is great.

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  10. KeepItReal

    HIP HOP IS DEAD

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    READY Reply:

    @KeepItReal, Cause of Death…Over Gold!!!

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  11. coco

    hip hop was dead a while ago, it’s now been buried after signing this dude.

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  12. Audrey Hepburn

    EWWW!!!!! >:(

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  13. Speechless

    my god he’s ugly as hell!!!

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  14. Humz

    I’m not one to judge a book by it’s cover but… This dude looks filthy.
    Especially those nails! My gosh…

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  15. Humz

    But after watching the video I must say that there are worse rappers out there. And he did have the bonus of that cute smiley puppy.

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    jimscreechie Reply:

    @Humz, lol @ “And he did have the bonus of that cute smiley puppy.”

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  16. Elgin

    It sad that talentless artists get deals like its nothing & get all the shine, but artists like dawn Richard who make music just as good if not better than the mainstream artists are constantly slept on

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  17. MusicKING12

    Peep his hat designs ….

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  18. Pour Music LD Sodiler

    What in the Hella Whoooooooo

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  19. Pour Music LD Sodiler

    what in the well who?

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  20. Trace

    Disgusting. His NOISE (I refuse to call it music) is degrading and pure coonery.

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  21. Stre3t Danc@

    popped a molly I’m sweatin! LOL!! Def Jam cannot be serious, man..

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