Trinidad James

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 2014 XXL Freshmen: A Statistical Analysis

    The line-up for XXL magazine's 2014 freshman issue was revealed on Monday evening, with the "dirty dozen" of rappers on the cover including Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Troy Ave is New York City's sole inclusion. As with years gone by, comments s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Chase N. Cashe: "Troy Ave Has the Best Rap Album of 2013"

    Chase N. Cashe may be the most popular guy in hip-hop. In a few short years, the New Orleans rapper/producer has ingratiated himself with seemingly everyone; being memorably name-checked by Drake on "9 am in Dallas," winning Grammy Awards, clocking production credits with the likes of Beyonce and Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2013

    The mainstream end of New York City's 2013 rap output might have seen uptown upstarts A$AP Rocky and French Montana putting numbers on the board, but the city's most fertile and invigorating offerings came from less glitzy-reaching enclaves. Consider this round-up a salute to the rap albums that bes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Rich Homie Quan Is the ATL's Next Big Rap Export

    It took a few years, a jail sentence and turning down a scholarship to figure out what he was put on earth to do, but hey, Rich Homie Quan is here. Future, Migos and Trinidad James now have a new rapper to contend with for the "Fastest Thing Rising Out Of ATL," title. The kid's paid his dues, alread ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Migos on the "Life-Altering Shit" That is Working With Drake

    As their Drake-assisted remix of "Versace" continues to clock views on YouTube, Atlanta trio (currently a duo since Offset is incarcerated at the moment) Migos is in New York City to perform tonight at Westway. As they wrapped up a photo shoot at Rocksmith Quavo and Takeoff took a few seconds to ans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    French Montana's Excuse My French Is Finally Here, Though It Almost Didn't Happen

    Moroccan-born, Bronx-raised rapper French Montana is at a photo shoot in Tompkins Square Park's basketball court. He's shooting the shit in fluent French with the photographer. A gaggle of scruffy teen skaters recognize him and look over as he saunters slowly—always slowly—about. See al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    A$AP Ferg Wants Harmony Korine to Direct His Next Video

    Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. A$AP Ferg is gearing up for the release of his Trap Lord mixtape, which should build on the success of his anthem-in-the-making "Work" and establish him as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Ten Rappers We'd Like To See on Reality TV

    So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/28/13

    Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Voice Choices

    January 23, 2013


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  • Music

    January 16, 2013

    Pazz & Jop: Riff Raff Is Keeping It Surreal

    He's believable as a hip-hop star because nothing he says is true

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Harry Fraud's Top Five Procers This Year: "Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, and Alchemist"

    Harry Fraud has quickly risen as New York rap's go-to producer since helming French Montana's anthemic "New York Minute" featuring Jadakiss (and later, Nicki Minaj and ostensibly every rapper in the Tri-State Area) and "Shot Caller." He's also produced tracks for everyone from Action Bronson and Ric ... More >>