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Trinidad James’ credentials are easy to pick apart: He didn’t know how to rap until 2011, he made his name on YouTube, and his most successful mixtape bears the ridiculous acronym Don’t Be S.A.F.E. (Sensitive as Fuck Everyday). He’s a post-2Chainz, second-wave-of-gold-jewelry revivalist; I’ll be surprised if he’s on anyone’s radar this time next year. In November, a dude insisted I sit through the video for James’ “All Gold Everything.” It’s the kind of track college folks qualify with “this shit is so [choose your own sociopolitical buzzword]… but it jams.” True that. Turns out, the song is so wonderful and ridiculous that it shuts down dance floors from Love Nightclub to English basements in Bloomingdale. I say enjoy it while it lasts.
Trinidad James performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $17-$100. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.