Atlanta rapper Trinidad James has been the butt of many of our jokes for the past year, mostly stemming from the backlash of his signing to Def Jam from the divisive but ultimately memorable single "All Gold Everything." He has since been dropped from the label, causing every "purist" to breathe a sigh of relief and social media to laugh loudly at his stumbles. Regardless of what he's been painted as, James has always maintained a positive attitude and a loyalty to his city; providing a alternate voice for Atlanta's always evolving rap scene.
His voice is definitely needed now, as the city mourns the death of Donovan "P Nut" Thomas, who was shot and killed on Sunday night:
His death sent ripples throughout the community, as rappers and residents flooded social media with posts:
Fly high !!!! @bigbizness_ent_nut
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James has decideded to formulate his thoughts in the powerful tribute to P Nut in his tribute titled "Black Man Pt. 1." Over soulful production from IamRaak, the once ridiculed rapper shows some surprising range singing and rapping on the song. Taking aim at the senseless violence within the community and the rise of gang violence, he gives a sincere and heartfelt call to arms for young people to break the cycle of destructive behavior. Big K.R.I.T. also make an appearance here, matching up very well with James and giving his own viewpoint of today's society. Listen to "Black Man Pt. 1" below.