Trinidad James raps about doing drugs, but that doesn’t mean he thinks it’s a good idea. At least one other high profile rap personality agrees.
Trinidad James was mentioned by A-Trak in an editorial with Huffington Post that focused on drug commentary in rap. In the story, A-Trak made note of Trinidad James’ reference to using a “molly” in his hit single “All Gold Everything” and asks in his piece for a conversation on drug use in rap, noting the drug overdose death of his friend DJ AM and others as a point of concern.
In an interview that focuses on drug use and drug discussion in rap songs with XXLmag.com, Trinidad James says that drug use is a personal choice, as is the aftermath of any potential drug use. “I’m my own man, and I have my own reasons for why I do anything,” James says to XXL. “But I respect where [A-Trak is] coming from, because when someone like him starts that conversation, it’s going to influence somebody. I have a strong mind, but people are going to read his thoughts, and hopefully his message reaches a kid or an adult who doesn’t have a strong mind so they won’t even waste their time with drugs because if they do they’ll end up being an addict and dying. I feel like people who die from drugs are just weak-minded.”
James also says that regardless of whether someone has ever done drugs (and A-Trak writes that he hasn’t) they should be able to discuss the topic. “If you have three people talking about the subject, you have one person who’s never done drugs, period; you have one person who does drugs currently; and you have one person who’s done drugs but doesn’t do it anymore,” he says. “Every one of those people’s opinions isn’t necessarily wrong, it’s just their outlook on it. To say that they’re wrong? Not necessarily. Because at the end of the day, doing drugs is not right. It’s not right. Doing drugs is not right.”
Nonetheless, James says that he smokes weed, but that he’s also mindful of what he mentions in his lyrics. “I watch the energy that I put out in the world,” he says. “I try to put a positive energy out in the world, but my music is still real and it has its ratchet moments. But at the end of the day, it’s about how you take it. You can’t blame Trinidad for nothing. Nothing.”