The name Trinidad James is on the tips of everyone’s tongues, thanks to his trap anthem “All Gold Everything.” Besides spitting brash bars, though, like many of his rap peers, he’s also got an eye for fashion. Trinidad sat with menswear bible GQ to discuss his love of OG Jordans, Instagram and more. Check the excerpts below:
On his clothing line Gold Gang Gear
We started this after I started rapping. It’s all a part of the marketing and business plan behind music. When you get a chance to do something great, you got to capitalize on it. And capitalizing on it basically incorporates all the things that go along with it. You gotta have songs, you gotta have a movement, you gotta have people drawing portraits of you or whatever. So hey, why not make some clothes? If someone would take the time to draw a mural of you, then they’ll take the time to buy a shirt, a good shirt, you know?
On what it means to flex on Instagram
Put it like this, man. When I say, “My Instagram straight flexing,” I mean it in the most literal way. Instagram is a place where people either live a fancy life or they show you what type of life they’re living. Either way, flexing for me is when you post something you don’t have but you want or posting something that you have and you know no else does.
On opening a clothing store
When the time is right, I’ll definitely try to do it. That’d be dope.
On whether he’ll focus more on fashion than music
You never know, man, you never know. You just gotta see how it works out. Everything just has to make sense. If it makes sense for me to go harder with the clothes and give music a rest, then, hey, that’s what I’m gonna do. I never force it; I just go with the wave.