Trinidad James Says "People Who Die From Drugs Are Just Weak-Minded"

posted Friday May 24 ,2013 at 02:00PM CDT | 82 comments

Trinidad James Says

The Southern rapper also says that "doing drugs is not right," and that it's a personal choice.

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, 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."

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  • 666
  • GraceHorn
    as Rhonda responded I didnt know that a mother able to make $8874 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you read this site...
  • Anonymous
    weak minded?........................This is comming from the guy who created the genre: Down syndrome Rap.
  • Jason
    yeah like this dumb ass nigga got a hold on his drug use!!! yeah right. it aint weak minded its quite the opposite us addicts are actually bored of this world and all its same old same olds.
  • Anonymous
    it is true, the only reason why u can die cuz ur mind is tellin u do more drugs, nd u do more nd more, nd ur addicted and eventually u die of an OD
  • bevis n butt head
  • Jayjrkin
    Was it a disease before e persons got hooked on it? I think he was referring to the mindshare of someone who has to start using drugs. Like in 2013 something is wrong with you if you start smoking crack. We all know what it's about now. Shouldn't be no new crackheads in 2013 lol
  • Anonymous
    the more the haters want to see him fail the more he succeds
    • Anonymous
      He's not gonna succeed. He'll have only one hit song and that's it. He'll be forgotten before the end of 2013.
  • Anonymous
    t james made gold popular again and this nigga dropping hit after hit
    • Anonymous
      HE made gold popular? lol, you must be a teenager because gold never went out of style, you sheep just follow whatever somebody in front of a camera says and does.
    • Anonymous
      1. He didn't make gold popular; gold was already popular. 2. He's not dropping hit after hit; he only has one hit song.
  • o000xzzj9
  • Anonymous
    Addiction is a disease like cancer, and does not mean you are "weak-minded". A change in brain chemistry occurs that makes you do something more often and more of in general. This nigga is mad ignant yo...
    • Anonymous
      But drug addicts bring that on themselves though. Nobody sets out to get Cancer. Plus an addict can always get help if they want it. A cancer patient sadly has to endure chemo which is only delaying the inevitable.
  • kennyken
    i respect the man's "outlook." very intelligent. his music speaks of himself. he also has a conscious though.
    • Anonymous
      That's a joke, right?
  • o000x999z
  • Keeps it real
    Hey TJ, people that listen to your music are really weak minded
  • Keepin it real
    Hey TJ, People that listen to your music are weak minded
    • Anonymous
      People that think other people are weak minded because of the music they listen to, are even more weak minded.
    • Anonymous
      Stans who think that people that think other people are weak minded because of the music they listen to, are even more weak minded.
  • Anonymous
    Popped a molly i'm dying, popped a molly im dying WOO
  • 00xjmo00
  • xxxszzz9
  • Dentaldamboy
    THIS IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO SHARE, PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE IN ITS ENTIRETY AND COME TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSION. IF YOU SUPPORT REAL HIP HOP THEN HELP SPREAD THIS AROUND. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, wed also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. - C "The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation" Hello, After more than 20 years, I've finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I've simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren't ready for. Between the late 80's and early 90s, I was what you may call a decision maker with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media werent accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap musics new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice Ive ever seen. The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future. Among the attendees was a small group of unfamiliar faces who stayed to themselves and made no attempt to socialize beyond their circle. Based on their behavior and formal appearances, they didn't seem to be in our industry. Our casual chatter was interrupted when we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing us from publicly discussing the information presented during the meeting. Needless to say, this intrigued and in some cases disturbed many of us. The agreement was only a page long but very clear on the matter and consequences which stated that violating the terms would result in job termination. We asked several people what this meeting was about and the reason for such secrecy but couldn't find anyone who had answers for us. A few people refused to sign and walked out. No one stopped them. I was tempted to follow but curiosity got the best of me. A man who was part of the unfamiliar group collected the agreements from us. Quickly after the meeting began, one of my industry colleagues (who shall remain nameless like everyone else) thanked us for attending. He then gave the floor to a man who only introduced himself by first name and gave no further details about his personal background. I think he was the owner of the residence but it was never confirmed. He briefly praised all of us for the success we had achieved in our industry and congratulated us for being selected as part of this small group of decision makers. At this point I begin to feel slightly uncomfortable at the strangeness of this gathering. The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our active involvement. He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I didnt know what a private prison was but I wasn't the only one. Sure enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons. It was also made clear to us that since these prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, wed be able to buy shares. Most of us were taken back by this. Again, a couple of people asked what this had to do with us. At this point, my industry colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, wed also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn't dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, Is this a f****** joke? At this point things became chaotic. Two of the men who were part of the unfamiliar group grabbed the man who shouted out and attempted to remove him from the house. A few of us, myself included, tried to intervene. One of them pulled out a gun and we all backed off. They separated us from the crowd and all four of us were escorted outside. My industry colleague who had opened the meeting earlier hurried out to meet us and reminded us that we had signed agreement and would suffer the consequences of speaking about this publicly or even with those who attended the meeting. I asked him why he was involved with something this corrupt and he replied that it was bigger than the music business and nothing wed want to challenge without risking consequences. We all protested and as he walked back into the house I remember word for word the last thing he said, Its out of my hands now. Remember you signed an agreement. He then closed the door behind him. The men rushed us to our cars and actually watched until we drove off. A million things were going through my mind as I drove away and I eventually decided to pull over and park on a side street in order to collect my thoughts. I replayed everything in my mind repeatedly and it all seemed very surreal to me. I was angry with myself for not having taken a more active role in questioning what had been presented to us. I'd like to believe the shock of it all is what suspended my better nature. After what seemed like an eternity, I was able to calm myself enough to make it home. I didn't talk or call anyone that night. The next day back at the office, I was visibly out of it but blamed it on being under the weather. No one else in my department had been invited to the meeting and I felt a sense of guilt for not being able to share what I had witnessed. I thought about contacting the 3 others who wear kicked out of the house but I didn't remember their names and thought that tracking them down would probably bring unwanted attention. I considered speaking out publicly at the risk of losing my job but I realized Id probably be jeopardizing more than my job and I wasn't willing to risk anything happening to my family. I thought about those men with guns and wondered who they were? I had been told that this was bigger than the music business and all I could do was let my imagination run free. There were no answers and no one to talk to. I tried to do a little bit of research on private prisons but didnt uncover anything about the music business involvement. However, the information I did find confirmed how dangerous this prison business really was. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. Eventually, it was as if the meeting had never taken place. It all seemed surreal. I became more reclusive and stopped going to any industry events unless professionally obligated to do so. On two occasions, I found myself attending the same function as my former colleague. Both times, our eyes met but nothing more was exchanged. As the months passed, rap music had definitely changed direction. I was never a fan of it but even I could tell the difference. Rap acts that talked about politics or harmless fun were quickly fading away as gangster rap started dominating the airwaves. Only a few months had passed since the meeting but I suspect that the ideas presented that day had been successfully implemented. It was as if the order has been given to all major label executives. The music was climbing the charts and most companies when more than happy to capitalize on it. Each one was churning out their very own gangster rap acts on an assembly line. Everyone bought into it, consumers included. Violence and drug use became a central theme in most rap music. I spoke to a few of my peers in the industry to get their opinions on the new trend but was told repeatedly that it was all about supply and demand. Sadly many of them even expressed that the music reinforced their prejudice of minorities. I officially quit the music business in 1993 but my heart had already left months before. I broke ties with the majority of my peers and removed myself from this thing I had once loved. I took some time off, returned to Europe for a few years, settled out of state, and lived a quiet life away from the world of entertainment. As the years passed, I managed to keep my secret, fearful of sharing it with the wrong person but also a little ashamed of not having had the balls to blow the whistle. But as rap got worse, my guilt grew. Fortunately, in the late 90s, having the internet as a resource which wasn't at my disposal in the early days made it easier for me to investigate what is now labeled the prison industrial complex. Now that I have a greater understanding of how private prisons operate, things make much more sense than they ever have. I see how the criminalization of rap music played a big part in promoting racial stereotypes and misguided so many impressionable young minds into adopting these glorified criminal behaviors which often lead to incarceration. Twenty years of guilt is a heavy load to carry but the least I can do now is to share my story, hoping that fans of rap music realize how theyve been used for the past 2 decades. Although I plan on remaining anonymous for obvious reasons, my goal now is to get this information out to as many people as possible. Please help me spread the word. Hopefully, others who attended the meeting back in 1991 will be inspired by this and tell their own stories. Most importantly, if only one life has been touched by my story, I pray it makes the weight of my guilt a little more tolerable. Thank you!
    • WOW
      You typed all this shit for no reason. Nobody gives a fuck what you have to say, cause you aint real.
  • xsssza999
  • Lboy
    This nigga contradicted himself. "Every one of those peoples opinions isnt necessarily wrong, its just their outlook on it. To say that theyre wrong? Not necessarily" "Because at the end of the day, doing drugs is not right. Its not right. Doing drugs is not right"....,Nigga I thought you just said how can you necessarily say if doing drugs is right or wrong?... on top of the fact his entire career is based on a reference to a drug "popped a molly im sweatin, WOO!". I Dont respect this guy in any way yo. Hes wack. And wont be relevant within the next 2 years maximum, you can call me a hater if you choose to interpret my words as "hate" but in the back of your mind you know everything I have typed is true. Thats all.
    • eye control
    • Justin " Jayy Maadniss "
      I wont necessarily say he contradicted himself , but he's saying drugs in general aren't good . That's his opinion and everyone is entitled to it . The interviewer asked him the question , and he answered . . end of story . You dont look like a hater because you feel he contradicted himself and you're callin him out , you look like a hater cuz it seems you're downing him because of his opinion . why even click on this thing if you dont respect the nigga and think is whole career is based off the reference " pop a molly im sweatin " . . .
    • ^
      Everything you say is lies, stanley.
  • dentaldickboys
    tranny james is a woman and a hypocrite. his music sucks as much as chief keef's does. tranny james does stunts for little richard in gay movies.
  • Anonymous
    I guess Pimp C was weak minded? Fuck this idiot
    • dre
      your missing the point. Pimp C (R.I.P.) died from over-using a drug while knowing he suffered from sleep apnea. It was a fatal mistake and his own partner, Bun B, acknowledges that. In fact, Bun B now holds an annual event with the wife of Pimp C to raise health awareness. He calls "sipping syrup" an epidemic. Trinidad James knows that drugs arent good and and he would be an idiot to say otherwise. All he is saying is either stay away from them or open yourself up to risk major consequences
  • IMhO
    "If you have three people talking about the subject, you have one person whos never done drugs, period; you have one person who does drugs currently; and you have one person whos done drugs but doesnt do it anymore," he says. "Every one of those peoples opinions isnt necessarily wrong, its just their outlook on it. ______ that phrase somes up how alot of things should be looked at..race, religion, music to name a few
  • WestCoast17
    straight up garbage comments lol, if u die from drugs it'scause your body couldn't handle it! The mind plays a part but i've seen some weak-minded pppl do tons ofdrugs n live, seen strong minded ppl do em once and die. if u take too much of something,doesn't matter how level-headed u r!!
    • Stone Cold Steve Austin
      What? What? What? Can anybody understand this shit
    • WestCoast17
      read a book you illiterate son of a bitch n step up yo vocab!
    • Lboy
      yall know people from all over the world leave comments on this website right?
      u are telling him to read a book and step up his vocab? as if to imply that your comment was genius or unique or something? what vocabulary word did you use that you thought was clever? just wondering?