Growing Up in Atlanta
Trinidad James: "There’s a lot I don’t remember about my childhood. I had a head injury when I was younger, I was walking on some stone steps in Trinidad and missed a step and when I fell I split open my head in the middle. So I don’t remember anything before like age seven. The earliest things I remember about Trinidad was going to first primary school, which is basically like first grade. I went to Catholic school and we had to wear uniforms.
Growing up in Atlanta was cool but it took some getting used to, especially coming from Trinidad with my accent. People heckled me about it. So I got witty with it and just started giving back what the people were giving me. I started to become cool to everybody because I had to be witty with my jokes.
“My mom was from Trinidad and my dad from Tobago. I moved a couple times since I was little. I was born in Trinidad and when I was a baby, I went to Canada. Then I left Canada and came back to Trinidad. Then we moved to New York, then Florida, then Atlanta.
"Mostly, I grew up in Atlanta. The man that I am is basically molded out of Atlanta, I spent 10-plus years there. Atlanta’s the place I rep. All the other places were brief kid moments, I don’t really care about them.
“Growing up in Atlanta was cool but it took some getting used to, especially coming from Trinidad with my accent. People heckled me about it. So I got witty with it and just started giving back what the people were giving me. I started to become cool to everybody because when I had to be witty with my jokes, then I started to be really good so I got real cool with people.
“Eighth grade, I went to South Carolina and that’s where I kind of got really into playing basketball and sports. Coming from Atlanta and moving to South Carolina, it’s not as big a city as Atlanta so people are like, ‘Man, he’s from Atlanta, he’s so cool.’
"I was dressing with my Atlanta style at the time so it was like this dude is cool. I just started making new friends in South Carolina, playing basketball as I went through high school. I switched high schools two times between South Carolina and Atlanta, but I graduated in Atlanta.”