10 Questions for Trinidad JamesPosted: November 28, 2012
Last night my brother asked me if I had heard the new Trinidad James song “All Gold Everything.” I had not, so he told me I had to go to YouTube immediately and hear the latest song that has the streets of Atlanta buzzing. I went through a range of emotions upon first listen, but in the aftermath I really just wanted to understand the motivation behind the song. So Trinidad James, if you’re out there I have a couple questions for you my brotha.
1. What was the inspiration for this song? Were you a big fan of I’m Gonna Git you Sucka growing up?
2. In your hook you use the N word 6 times in a manner I have never heard before. Any plans to drop a track only using the N word? So long as it has a dope beat I’m sure you could get it on the radio.
3. That is a whole lot of gold in your video. Would you be willing to admit to your fans that it was borrowed if it wouldn’t harm whatever image you and your financial backers were trying to convey?
4. Who is funding your music career? Do you think they have an ulterior motive, in delivering this music to the masses?
5. I noticed 3 or 4 guns in your video. In a song about all of your gold, what is the significance of the guns? Is there another message the guns are there to convey?
6. I counted about 8 kids under 10 in your video with gold chains. What would you say your young fans living in similar conditions to the ones depicted in your video that can’t afford gold chains? You think the nonsensical images of drugs and guns in your video may have an influence on their decision?
7. At the 1:59 mark of your video I noticed you wearing a Confederate Army hat from the civil war? Now I know you live in Atlanta and represent the South, but are you aware that the Confederates were fighting to keep our people enslaved?
8. What do you value more than money?
9. If I told you your music could help negatively influence a whole generation of our youth would you still choose your career over the livelihood of your people?
10. Does it strike you as odd that an artists “creative freedom” gives them free rein to use the N word, drugs, or guns in their music/videos but that same “creative freedom” does not apply when an artists attempts to utter anything that can be considered anti-Semitic? Shouldn’t we fight to protect our image as diligently as others, or is our image not as important?
In the event I can’t get Trinidad James to respond, hit me up in the comments section and let me know your thoughts and feelings about “All Gold Everything.”
And now a little positivity from one of my favorite artists. Peace!