Atlanta rapper Trinidad James, known for his breakout hit “All Gold Everything,” has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label’s president, Joie Manda, told Billboard exclusively.
“Def Jam, thank you for believing,” James said.
“We’re excited to welcome a young talent like Trinidad James to the Def Jam family,” Manda said. “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.”
There was much speculation which record label James would sign to, especially after notable record executives were spotted at his New York show on Dec. 4. Label executives including Def Jam’s Joie Manda, Shawn Pecas, Chris Atlas, and Barry Weiss and Atlantic Records’ Mike Keyser were amongst those in attendance.
The video for “All Gold Everything” has garnered close to 2.7 million views since uploaded in October. James’ mixtape, “Don’t Be S.A.F.E.” which includes his “Gold” hit is available on iTunes.