Trinidad James has always marched to the beat of his own drum. When his 2012 hit, “All Gold Everything” dropped off his Don’t Be S.A.F.E. mixtape, it was obvious hip-hop was witnessing something fresh.
His off-kilter presentation was cool without coming off as deliberately construed (read: corny). The song was catchy, incredibly recitable and ultimately trendsetting in its simplicity. So much so, that three years later, it would be sampled for Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” which went on to win a Grammy for Record of the Year.
But for all of the maverick tendencies Trinidad displayed with his colorful emergence, he’s yet to release a full-length album. After signing a $2 million deal with Def Jam, who re-released Don’t Be S.A.F.E., which included the “All Gold” (Remix) featuring T.I., Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz, he was dropped from the label before he released an official album. And so began the “one hit wonder” grumblings.
Thing is, Trindad could care less. Partly because he’s never tied his self-worth to fame, and partly because he understands his path, and knows he’s on it.