In an exclusive interview, Def Jam Vice President of A&R Shay Money XL says that a hot song is a hot song irregardless to the criticism it receives. This statement is in response to the high level of criticism that Trinidad James’ breakout hit “All Gold Everything” received from critics. Sha Money and Def Jam thought enough of the rapper and his single that they signed him to a contract that is reportedly worth $2 million.
Sha Money XL, one of the architects of the G-Unit movement at the turn of the century, now functioning as the Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Records, in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, discussed how he feels that some of the listeners have slandered rapper Trinidad James for his unique appearance and his music. Sha proclaimed that the criticism and harshness is working as the catalyst to develop the momentum to ignite a movement.
“I think it’s really still about the music. Trinidad [James] created a record that everyone can say they liked,” he said. “No matter how much they make fun of him and mash him up with the jokes, they like the damn record. Music is music. The formula, when you talk about mixtapes and how you put content out, you have the seed to plant. You create awareness, and you grow. That’s a formula we all see. But I think the ultimate part of the formula is that the music has gotta be dope.”
Since the Atlanta Native signed with Def Jam he has announced his debut tour “Don’t Be Safe” as well as released an all-star remix of “All Gold Everything” which features T.I. Jeezy and 2 Chainz.