“For a long time, I’ve been wanting to put out this particular type of music. I’m not putting it into any particular category. I just want to do my thing. Just do me, be me and collaborate with whoever I want to collaborate with. That’s what Mingo Music is and I had to create the Flamingo Barnes persona to get that out of myself,” says Trademark Da Skydiver.
In the Summer of 2012, Trademark Da Skydiver, also known as “Trade” for short, did exactly that. He created the persona, Flamingo Barnes, to truly find his own independent voice as a recording artist and released his most popular project to date, Flamingo Barnes.
This is not the first time that Trademark has developed an alternate persona. In 2009 and 2010, Trademark released three extremely well received mixtapes under the guise, Super Villain. “Really, I have three bodies of work at this point; my work as Da Skydiver with Jet Life, Super Villain and most recently my work as Flamingo Barnes. I can truly say that Flamingo Barnes is me. It’s really who I am.”
Trademark, who is a co-founder of Jet Life, was recently named an “Artist to Watch” on iTunes Hip-Hop Homepage. His music video for “Rite Nah” featuring Dizzy Wright premiered on BET’s 106 & Park and is also currently in rotation on MTV Jams.
In November 2013, Trademark Da Skydiver released his highly-anticipated album, Flamingo Barnes 2: Mingo Royale, is in stores now.