Trinidad James and hip-hop’s golden age

Trinidad James is a sensation. Whether you like it or not. The Trinidad-born, Atlanta-based rapper burst onto the scene in late 2012 with his inescapable hit “All Gold Everything” and put urban radio in a choke hold. His unique look, innumerable gold chains and rings, gold teeth, big hair, flashy sneakers and jeans — earned derision from some fans who didn’t know what to make of the rapper, something that James himself attributes to narrow-mindedness. His simple rhymes about rocking gold, not wanting to be around snitches or “f— n—-as” also garnered criticism from some so-called hip-hop purists.

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Todd "Stereo" Williams is an entertainment writer based in New York City. Over the past twelve years, he's interviewed celebrities and pundits in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In 2009, he co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company which has produced projects such as the short film "Exubia" and the documentary "Beautiful Skin"

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