Who Is Trinidad James?

The Making of Don’t Be S.A.F.E.

Trinidad James: "I started on the tape and it took maybe two months to do and it just started from there. I put out the single for 'All Gold Everything,' and nobody really listened to it but a few key people listened to it and they were like, 'This is dope.' It then just started spreading like wildfire. We got to present it, and that kind of shocked people. They’re like, 'His song is controversial. Who is this guy?'

“They listened to the music and people respected it. The people really drew close to everything. That’s where we’re at right now man. I did the video for it and the visual really put me out there. I understand that and that’s cool because generally speaking I did this music game different. I didn’t ask for any co-signs from nobody. I did everything on my own, everything out of my own pocket. I just put it out there.

 

“I want people to respect me for the project, not just a song. A lot of people get caught up with, 'Oh I got the hottest song!' They’re not going to have the same song next year, the fire does go out. So I want to have myself set up so even when that strong buzz run out, I’m still respected musically.

 

“Let’s say I was signed to somebody, the single would have came out, it would have done amazing, and then that would have built up the hype behind the tape. Now that I dropped my project, everything picked up. All I got to do is just show people, this is what number two means, this is number nine, and these next four videos that you see from me, this is what Trinidad James is all about. ‘All Gold Everything’ was dope and that’s cool, but the project is dope too.

“But I got to work and show people. It takes time, especially being independent. But it’s worth it because there’s no feeling like having millions of views in two or three days and you ain’t signed to nobody. You’re at the top of anybody’s chart and you ain’t signed to nobody. It’s a real pat on the fucking back for yourself, you know? It’s a blessing. I don’t really talk about it much, I just be thankful to God for it and keep moving, trying to figure out ways to get the project out to people.

“I want people to respect me for the project, not just a song. A lot of people get caught up with, 'Oh I got the hottest song!' They’re not going to have the same song next year, the fire does go out. So I want to have myself set up so even when that strong buzz run out, I’m still respected musically and I can just continue to [work]. I paid attention and did my own thing.”

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