Trinidad James

Nicholaus Joseph Williams (born September 24, 1987), better known by his stage name Trinidad James (often stylized as Trinidad Jame$), is a Trinidadian-American rapper.[2] In 2012, he signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings.[3] The label dropped him in 2014 when he failed to release an album, although he continues to release music as an independent artist[4] and is signed to Artist Publishing Group for songwriting.

Trinidad James
James performing in 2013
James performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameNicholaus Joseph Williams
Born (1987-09-24) September 24, 1987 (age 35)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago[1]
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Labels
Partner(s)
Websitetrinidadjames.co

Early lifeEdit

Nicholaus Williams was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.[1] His family moved to Canada and Florida before settling in the Bronx, New York City.[2] As a child, he went to Catholic school.[2] He has stated he cannot remember any parts of his life before the age of seven because of a head injury.[2] In the eighth grade, he moved to Atlanta, where he began playing basketball.[2] He began rapping in November 2011.[5] He has listed Jay-Z, Cam'ron, T.I., and Young Jeezy as his influences.[6]

CareerEdit

In 2012, James released his official debut single, called "All Gold Everything", which charted in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was taken from his official debut mixtape, titled Don't Be S.A.F.E. (Sensitive As Fuck Everyday), which was released on July 31, 2012,[7] and officially re-released with a music video on October 16, 2012. On December 13, 2012, it was announced James had signed a joint venture with Def Jam Records for approximately $2 million.[8] In January, Def Jam re-released Don't Be S.A.F.E to iTunes, which included the remix to "All Gold Everything" featuring 2 Chainz, T.I., and Young Jeezy.[9]

On August 6, 2013, he announced that he would be releasing his second mixtape, titled 10 PC Mild, on August 13.[10] After months of not releasing any new music, James announced that he had been dropped from Def Jam on August 1, 2014. He also indicated that instead of releasing his album through the label, he would make it available for free, and that the producers and rappers who contributed to the project should not expect any compensation because he had "no money."[11] In April 2016, James released the single "Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy)" featuring Mystikal and Lil Dicky.[12] On December 31, 2016, James released a mixtape "The Wake Up 2" to streaming services such as Spotify and to mixtape websites alike.

On June 9, 2018, James released a single titled "M.M.M. (Marilyn Maryland Marilyn)" to streaming services.[13] The music video, directed by Mike Marasco was uploaded to YouTube on the same day.[14]

On November 27, 2019, in an interview with popular rap talk show "No Jumper", James stated that his current favorite rappers were "Doja Cat and Lil Nas X, I love those guys, partly because their flows remind me of myself" [15] and later in the interview when asked about what his hopes for his current favorite rappers James proclaimed "I would hate to see them quit. You know. The last thing I'd want to see is for them to fall off just like I have."[16]

As of 2018, James is a host on a YouTube talk show, Full Size Run.[17] and he appeared in the Safdie Brothers' film Uncut Gems.[18]

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[19]
US
R&B/HH

[20]
US Rap
[21]
Don't Be S.A.F.E.[22] 103 23 13
10 PC Mild[10]
  • Released: August 13, 2013
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital download
The Wake Up EP[23]
  • Released: January 3, 2015
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format Digital Download
No One Is Safe[24]
  • Released: January 20, 2015
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital Download
Trips to Trinidad EP[25]
  • Released: April 18, 2015
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format Digital Download
Trappy Mother's Day EP[26]
  • Released: May 8, 2016
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital Download
The Wake Up 2
  • Released: December 31, 2016
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital Download
Father FiGGa
  • Released: July 28, 2017
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital Download
Daddy Issues
  • Released: October 31, 2018
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital download
Black Filter
  • Released: August 14, 2020
  • Label: Gold Gang
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
US
R&B/HH

US Rap
"All Gold Everything" 2012 36 9 6 Don't Be S.A.F.E.
"Females Welcomed" 2013 [A]
"Palm Trees"
(featuring Cavie)
2015 Non-album single
"Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy)"
(featuring Mystikal and Lil Dicky)
2016 [B] TBA
"M.M.M. (Marilyn Maryland Marilyn)" 2018 TBA
"Get Up"
(with Lion Babe)
2021 Rainbow Child
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
US
R&B/HH

US Rap
"I Luv This Shit"
(August Alsina featuring Trinidad James)
2013 48 13 Testimony
"Work (Remix)"
(ASAP Ferg featuring ASAP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James and Schoolboy Q)
Trap Lord
"Be Ok"
(Earlly Mac featuring Trinidad James)
2015 Cousin Trap
"Don't Stop"
(LunchMoney Lewis featuring Trinidad James)[33]
2022 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"GuWop Nigga"[34] 2012 Gucci Mane
"That Turn Up"[35] Mike WiLL Made It Est. In 1989 2.5
"Flat Out"[36] Wale Folarin
"Fukk Off"[37] Grip Plyaz, Go Dreamer Purp, Wind & Fire
"Fugginhudumarra"[37] Grip Plyaz, Aleon Craft
"Jackie Joyner"[37]
"M.O.E." (Remix)[38] 2013 Cash Out
"N.I.Y.S."[39] Ducko McFli
"I Can't Wait"[40] Young Scooter
"Who You Rollin' Wit"[41] Mach Five Art of Rap
"No Room"[42] 8Ball Premro 2
"4 My Niggas"[43] Travis Porter Mr. Porter
"My Last Molly Song Ever I Promise"[44] Problem, Gunplay The Separation
"Purple Haze"[45] Curren$y, Lloyd New Jet City
"My Girl Pussy"[46] Bangladesh Ponzi Scheme
"Conversations On That Brown"[47] Scotty Faith
"Game"[48] Scotty, Big K.R.I.T.
"My Trunk"[49] Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time
"Pimp Scholar"[50] Mach Five We Ballin'
"On the Low"[51] Logic, Kid Ink Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever
"Hoodrich Anthem" (HxV Remix)[52] DJ Scream, 2 Chainz, Future, Waka Flocka Flame, Yo Gotti The Ratchet Superior
"Killers"[53] Curren$y
"Groupie"[54] Young Dro, B.o.B Day Two
"Make It Mine"[55] Kirko Bangz Progression III
"FDB" (Remix)[56] Young Dro, DJ Drama, T.I., French Montana
"Pablo"[57] Gucci Mane, E-40 Diary of a Trap God
"Make Ya Scream"[58] Chevy Woods Gang Land 2
"미친놈 (Success Crazed) Feat. Gray, Loco, Simon Dominic & Trinidad James" 2014 Jay Park Evolution
"Uptown Funk" (Remix) 2015 Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Uptown Special
"The Gun" 2016 Cash Cash, Dev, Chrish Blood, Sweat & 3 Years
"Amy" 2017 David Banner The God Box
"Mission" 2019 Jaden Erys

Music videosEdit

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Gold On My Macbook" 2012 Corey Davis[59]
"All Gold Everything" Motion Family[60]
"Southside"
(featuring ForteBowie)
2013 Decatur Dan[61]
"All Gold Everything" (Remix)
(featuring T.I., Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz)
Motion Family[62]
"Females Welcomed" Jonathan Mannion[63]
"Just A Lil' Thick (She Juicy)"
(featuring Mystikal and Lil Dicky)
2016 Jon J
"M.M.M. (Marilyn Maryland Marilyn)"
2018 Mike Marasco

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Females Welcomed" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number nine on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[28]
  2. ^ "Just a Lil' Thick (She Juicy)" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number two on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[29]

ReferencesEdit

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