Clearly Trinidad James is having fun and making money with this character/persona that he is presenting to the public. In a way you can't fault him if that is what is providing him success, but on the other hand for those that have come up in the tradition of creative skillful rhyming you can't help but cringe at the following piece of footage. While overseas Mr James decided to take a few minutes from our lives with this piece of rapping. *Clip Here*
Pride in your craft. That is what this comes down to. You can have fun yet not look like a fool who doesn't take what he is doing seriously. No one looks to Trinidad James for bars of lyrical excellence. He is a part of the rap collective that specializes in party themed club material that often catches your hear more on simple catchy hooks and beats. There is a time for all types of music and this is no different, but just because you rap does not mean you have to force your presence in all realms of Hip Hop to appear to be something you are not. You make club music, "turn up" tunes and "Ratchet" anthems. No one needs you in the booth pretending to freestyle. Excel at what you do.
The idea of being an MC for many has swung 180 degrees as more and more artists today care not for skill, wordplay and lyrical fitness but just what makes money and gets radio play. It's the balance of the culture that again suffers as the mainstream agenda directs upcoming artist to the simple paint by numbers path of rap. Attached is a short Jadakiss freestyle. At the time it was a mix of yet released bars and freestyle lyrics all delivered with quality professional flow.
Ask yourself this question. If this was your first time hearing Trinidad and your first time hearing Jada, what would you think of each?