Trinidad James Makes Impressive NYC DebutDecember 5th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
Mosh pits aren’t something you’d usually find at a hip hop show, but then again most aspiring fashion designers usually don’t make booming trap music for strippers to bust it open too, either. Performing his first big show at NYC’s Santos Party House last night, it’s hard believe that Atlanta upstart Trinidad James isn’t your typical breakthough wanna-be MC. Prior to selling out venues, trending all over Twitter and Instagram and dropping his well received mixtape Don’t Be S.A.F.E., the ATL spitter was known and regarded for his flashy sense of fashion.
Freshly removed from the days of managing the popular high-end clothing boutique in Atlanta – Top of the Underground, James’ explosive single “All Gold Everything” has been gaining a red-hot buzz and thrust the fashion hopeful into rap stardom. Although his stage presence is still raw and unpolished, what James lacks in showmanship he makes up for double-fold with his energetic performance. Good thing he only performed his hit “A.G.E.” twice, as surely any additional encores may have sent the place into a full-on craze.
Bringing out NYC young guns A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mobb to join the party gave the whole set an organic underground hip hop feel to it. Yeah, James might not be the most lyrical or seasoned rapper, but his one of a kind swagger and hypnotizing charisma demands attention. It might be that same unadulterated talent that has encouraged labels and rap vets like Young Jeezy, T.I. and Rick Ross to court the Trinidadian rapper.
It’s obvious that the accidental-rap-rookie is winging the whole experience, but that’s what makes his story so great, we can all watch, relate and ride shotgun on this journey from start to finish wherever that may be. While I’ll be careful not to jump the gun and dub him hip hop’s new savior, he certainly is special and has the potential to be hip hop’s next big star.