The success of that song and his debut mixtape Don’t Be S.A.F.E. eventually led the then 24-year-old rapper to ink a million dollar deal with Def Jam Records.
Unfortunately, Trinidad’s follow-up 10 Pc. Mild, which featured guest appearances by Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, Rich Homie Quan, Young Chop, and Danny Brown, failed to solidify his standing in hip-hop, and a year later, Def Jam announced they dropped the polarizing rapper.
As a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason,” Trinidad didn’t let the failed deal dictate his future in music. Instead, he created his own label, Gold Gang Records.
It’s been four years since he’s had a hit single, but Trinidad’s back and better than ever with his new DJ Mustard-produced song “Just A Lil Thick (She Juicy)” featuring Mystikal and XXL Freshman Lil Dicky. For the last six weeks, “Just A Lil Thick (She Juicy)” has been steadily rising up the Billboard Rhythmic Chart and is currently sitting pretty at number 14.
We caught up with Trinidad Jame$ out in Hollywood, California, where he now resides, to discuss his unsuspecting “comeback,” being written off in hip-hop, giving back to the community, and the weirdness of fame.
Trinidad Jame$ is currently readying his forthcoming new project, which is slated to drop later on this year.
Check out our exclusive interview with Trinidad Jame$ up top.