Don’t hit the snooze on Trinidad James. The “All Gold Everything” rapper kicks off 2017 with the release of his new mixtape The Wake Up 2.
The 9-track project offers shoutouts to celebrities with its track titles, while boasting guest appearances from ILoveMakonnen, Peewee Longway (“Taylor Swift”), Scotty ATL, Bankroll Fresh (“Meek N Nicki”), and Lyric Wright (“S M B A L”), among others.
With production from Bangladesh (“Conceited”), TM88 (“Taylor Swift”), Sonny Digital, and Bobby Raps (“Ooooo”), the project serves as a sequel to James’ The Wake Up EP, which dropped almost exactly one year ago, on Jan. 3.
James offers the new effort along with a special message to fans, written on cloud-filled artwork and posted on social media.
“Make your own luck,” he wrote. “Your president has changed. Doesn’t mean your character should. 2017 is not your friend. 2016 made you a savage. Anybody that doubts you is important. That means they give a damn. If your passions don’t drive you crazy then those are just hobbies. If your passion don’t make you money, you still have a lot more to achieve. Parents have a lot more to learn. The kids just wanna live. The kids just wanna create. The world won’t listen. We must wake up.”
Stream The Wake Up 2 below.