HANDS FULL: Trinidad-born rap artiste Trinidad James with 3 Zero Gold girls at Rama fete at the National Stadium, Port of Spain on Saturday night. –Photo JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

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Trinidad James here for Machel Monday

By Nigel Telesford

The fashion-retailer turned artiste claimed the spotlight late last year with the hit single, "All Gold Everything" and just released a Soca remix on Friday with triple crown winner, Machel Montano that also features Latin star, Pitbull and dancehall veteran, Shaggy.

In between shooting scenes for a new video yesterday, Jame$ told the Express he's happy to be back home for Carnival, but won't be slowing down his grueling work ethic. He said:

"I'm here. I'm happy to be here and I'm gonna make the most of it. It's crazy to see how the people appreciate the music out here. That Rama crowd was wild! It might seem like a vacation, but I'm working still – I'll enjoy it too, but… It's not a chillax visit at all."

Christened Nicholas Williams, "Trinidad Jame$" was born in Port of Spain to a Tobagonian father and Trinidadian mother. The youngest of 12 children, the Jesuit High School Tampa graduate migrated to New York with his mother when he was eight-years-old to meet up with his father. The Atlanta-based entertainer recently signed a major record deal with Def Jam Recordings and is the CEO of his own record label, Gold Gang Records.

Jame$ single, "All Gold Everything" from his debut mixtape, Don't Be SAFE was released in October last year and continues to create quite a stir among hip hop enthusiasts world-wide. The song's video which features the artiste wearing our national colours – red, white and black – has already garnered over three million views on YouTube.

Jame$ also released a remix to the popular track, which features rap heavyweights TI, Young Jeezy and 2Chainz. 

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