Trinidad Jame$ talks Def Jam, deals, Rick Ross, the future, on The Breakfast Club [Video]


Since his mega-internet hit "All Gold Everything," Trinidad James is slowly knocking down the naysayers and keeping on his grind to prove the haters wrong, proving his worth firstly by signing a huge deal with Def Jam Records, and then appearing on XXL's Freshman list this year. Heading back to Power 106's The Breakfast Club, James returns to the radio show with a few more credentials under his belt as he talks record labels, money and his future. Read more

Logic - "Roll Call" | New Music


Having recently announced his signing to Def Jam Records Maryland emcee Logic drops "Roll Call," which hears the young rhymer spit heat over Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" instrumental. Read more

Trinidad James – XXL Freshmen Freestyle [Video]


Keeping things moving with their XXL Magazine Freshmen list freestyles, next up is Def Jam rapper Trinidad James.

Complete with golds in his mouth and a gold chain around his neck - "These gold chains got you bitter/ These gold chains got me bitches" - Trinidad spits the shortest of the XXL Freshmen freestyles to date. Tapping out at just 35 seconds, the Atlanta-based jewellery lover doesn't really do too much to inspire replay spins. More a name than anything else so far, he'll need to do better than this to start garnering the kind of attention Def Jam are expecting.

Be on the look out for the next freestyle instalments from XXL, but until then peep Trinidad James below.

Mariah Carey: "Bring back the days when R&B records didn’t have to crossover"

A few days ago Mariah Carey, mainstream R&B's last mohican (with the obvious exception of Mary J. Blige and Trey Songz), set the internet's universe and commercial radio a light when she finally released her highly anticipated Rick Ross and Meek Mill featured single,  “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” to the masses.

To help kick start her single and forthcoming album's campaign, the vocal powerhouse hosted a conference call for press and media outlets. During the almost 40-minute Q&A session the Grammy Award winning singer fielded questions ranging from what fans should expect from her forthcoming LP, working with Hip Hop's dopest emcees, artists she hopes to work with and deciding the name of the new album. Read more

Big Dutty Deeze – 'This is England' | Music Video

One of the biggest misconceptions about British Hip Hop [UK Hip Hop if you will] and Grime is that all of it has only been represented by London natives. With the not-so-obvious exception of Bristol (a city that gave birth to many of the early pioneering roots of UK Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Drum & Bass and Jungle) the Midlands has arguably represented UK Hip Hop and Grime on a national level brighter than another areas outside of The Big Smoke.Read more

Big K.R.I.T. leaks 4 Eva N A Day Mixtape Tracklist | Music News

With his Def Jam debut album, Live From The Underground, pushed back due to sample clearance issues Big K.R.I.T. vowed to make it up to his fans with an all new mixtape/album entitled 4 Eva N A Day. Since the announcement of the new project, not much if anything has been heard of tape... until now.Read more

Jhené Aiko signs to Def Jam | Music News

Beautiful and talented soulful R&B vixen Jhené Aiko, whom earlier this year came to the attention of a wider demographic of music listeners via the release of her critically acclaimed Sailing Souls project and a long list of remixes, virals and free music, yesterday took to her Twitter account to announce that she had signed with Def Jam.
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Jay-Z, Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin celebrate Def Jam's 25th Anniversary [Photos]

On Friday night, legendary figures Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin celebrated the 25th anniversary of legendary Hip Hop label Def Jam Recordings at a private dinner held at the Jay-Z owned eatery The Spotted Pig, located in New York City's trendy West Village. Hov, Uncle Rush and the Grammy Award winning producer formerly known as DJ Double R were joined by current Def Jam artist Young Jeezy and former Def Jam executives Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen; check out some pics below.
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No I.D. appointed Executive V.P of Def Jam Records | Music News

Last night at the ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul team's pre-VMAs Bowling Mixer Billboard caught up with the production legend No I.D. who has been described as "The Godfather of Chicago hip hop" and he revealed that he has taken a new position at the powerhouse record label Def Jam Records.

"I'm (now) executive VP of Def Jam," announced the producer who has racked up credits on records with Common, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rihanna and many more. "I'm going to keep on doing what I'm doing and take it to another level.

"Def Jam is a cultural staple," No I.D. said. "It's not just a label, it's part of the culture that I came up in and that I've been involved with for 20 years. It's very important that the next generation of executives grab it by the horns and keep it on track as it grows."

Congratulations to No I.D, I'm truly looking forward to seeing what he brings to the House that Russell and Rick built.

Source: Billboard