Trinidad Rap­per Rak­ing in the Dough from Up­town Funk

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Trinidad-born rap­per Ni­cholas Wil­liams, bet­ter known by his stage name Trinidad James, has scored thou­sands in roy­alty earn­ings to date from “Up­town Funk.” The At­lanta, Ge­or­gia-based rap­per, who split from Def Jam last sum­mer, has so far raked in at least $150,000 in roy­alty earn­ings from the megahit sin­gle.

James, whose “All Gold Ev­ery­thing” inspired the song’s hook - “Don’t be­lieve me, just watch!” - gets an eight per­cent cut of the earn­ings from the Mark Ron­son sin­gle.

Trinidad James and Devon Gal­laspy were both in­cluded on the song’s cred­its. This was be­cause of its use of the “Don’t be­lieve me, just watch!” chant from James’ 2012 hit “All Gold Ev­ery­thing.”

The writ­ers of The Gap Band’s 1979 an­them “Oops Up Side Your Head” (band mem­bers and broth­ers Charles, Robert and Ron­nie Wil­son, key­boardist Ru­dolph Tay­lor, and record pro­ducer Lon­nie Sim­mons) were later added to the song­writ­ing cred­its in the wake of a claim put forth by pub­lisher Min­der Mu­sic.

Ac­cord­ing to Bill­board’s anal­y­sis of the song’s pub­lish­ing roy­al­ties, “Up­town Funk” has gen­er­ated $2.7 mil­lion in rev­enue to date. This is split among the song’s eleven cred­ited writ­ers in­clud­ing pro­ducer Ron­son as well as James, singer Bruno Mars and The Gap Band.

Mars and Ron­son cre­ate a mon­ster party vibe in this song, start­ing with the ti­tle: “up­town” im­plies high class (as Prince or Billy Joel could tell you), while “funk” is the rhythm and re­lease. The lyrics are way over-the-top with Mars ex­plain­ing that he’s so hot that dragons are go­ing into re­tire­ment. It’s clever, fun and out­ra­geous, but also metic­u­lously con­structed with a mix of rhyming pat­terns.

Trinidad-born rap­per Ni­cholas Wil­liams, bet­ter known by his stage name

Trinidad James.

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