Trinidad James Signs Joint Venture With Def Jam

Upstart MC ends label bidding war and signs with Def Jam, the historic label announces Thursday.

Looks like there’ll be a lot more gold in Trinidad James’ future now that the rap rookie has signed with Def Jam Recordings to end a hyped-up bidding war .

After a week of all-but confirmed rumors, it was officially announced Thursday (December 13) that Trinidad will be bringing his Gold Gang Records over to Def Jam in a joint venture deal. Many are speculating that the contract is worth $2 million, though the number is unconfirmed.

“We’re excited to welcome a young talent like Trinidad James to the Def Jam family,” Def Jam President Joie Manda said in a press release issued to MTV News. “Def Jam prides itself as both a cornerstone of hip-hop’s rich tradition, and as a vital, forward-thinking label dedicated to breaking and nurturing emerging artists. Trinidad James represents the cutting-edge of what’s happening in the culture today. We are thrilled to have him at the label, and look forward to growing his already massive buzz.”

The 25-year-old James caught fire in October after he dropped his buzzing single “All Gold Everything” and his debut mixtape Don’t Be S.A.F.E. Trinidad made his “RapFix Live” debut earlier this month, and explained why he was such a hot commodity.

“It’s really hard for a label to impress the artist, per se, because I’m just so focused on being my own man,” Trinidad said of the interested labels when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on December 5. “Man, show me something, like something for real.”

While on the show, James wouldn’t exactly say which companies were courting him, but he remarked on a number of labels, as MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway threw out a bunch of names.

Interscope: “Man, maaaaaan. Bruh, bruh, c’mon.”

RCA: “Cool, cool.”

MMG: “Real, real, real deal Holyfield.”

Def Jam: “Historic, historic, a lot of respect.”

Looks like Def Jam’s legacy beat out all of the competitors. “Def Jam, thank you for believing,” James ended the press release.

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