Were it not for lines like "popped a Molly I'm sweatin'" Trinidad James may not have known music stardom. In boasting about drug use, the Atlanta native's "All Good Everything" single turned him into a rap star, 10 months into learning how to rap.
Now, more than a year after riding that drug bandwagon all the way to the bank, he's admitting that partaking in controlled substances is bad news. Responding to a Huffington Post op-ed penned by Kanye West's former tour collaborator DJ Atrak, who addressed hip hop's addiction to drugs, James told XXL that "doing drugs is not right."
In explaining his position, James simultaneously unveiled an inner conflict. "Well, consistently talking about violence, and drugs and b----es, that’s not the 'right thing' to talk about, from a Godly standpoint or from a moral standpoint," he said. "But that’s what people want to hear! Like, how many positive rappers are really making it these days?"
Additionally, as an artist, the rapper makes no apologies about mentioning drugs but doesn't believe he's promoting the trend. "I wasn't telling you to do Molly, I was just telling you about my experience," he pointed out.
"When I made that song I wasn’t thinking about the kid who was going to listen to the song. I was just speaking about my life, and if you can relate, great. But why can’t you relate to the line, 'Count your blessings?' No, you want to relate to 'Popped a Molly, I’m sweatin.’ That’s not my fault, you chose to listen and focus on the drug reference. That’s on you, my n-----. I don’t feel no type of sympathy or anything, because at the end of the day, I know what’s right and wrong. I’ve done wrong and I’ve done right, but these people who do stupid s--- and blame it on rap… get the hell out of here."
He later admits to smoking weed, before finally being blunt about the whole thing. Confirming that various opinions against the drug craze are warranted he fessed up, "At the end of the day, doing drugs is not right. It's not right. Doing drugs is not right."
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