It has finally been confirmed. Trinidad James has signed to Def Jam Records. Last night, the Twitter rumor mill was on fire about the “All Gold” rapper inking a deal $2 million deal with the historic label. Thanks to Billboard and Def Jam president Joie Manda we now know it’s 100% true.

Miss Info: The cycle from buzz to bids to binding contract is lightspeed. Trinidad has been rapping for what, 11 months? That’s quite a wild ride. And before Def Jam locked him in for what’s rumored to be $2 million… Rick Ross was looking to sign him (and then allegedly pulled away) and Diddy was on the hunt and Jimmy Iovine too. I had heard the ask was even up to $3 mill at one point. But here’s why I actually think that this guy may be worth some of his chips….He seems to be more aware of the “show” part of his part in “show business.” This may be a character, but if Trinidad is consciously playing it, then he’s smarter than the rapper who thinks he’s “living” it. Being self-aware means he can adapt, be realistic, have fun with it, and most importantly…be a professional. Best wishes!


Read Def Jam’s official statement…
Plus watch a hilarious clip of Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino dancing to “All Gold” at the Django Unchained premiere…
all after the jump…

The Atlanta rapper has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label’s president, Joie Manda, tells Billboard exclusively.

“Def Jam, thank you for believing,” says Trinidad James.

“We’re excited to welcome a young talent like Trinidad James to the Def Jam family,” Joie Manda says. “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.”

Props to DJ Irie!

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