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Jim Jones

Jones at the 5th Annual Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's Action Awards in New York City in February 2008.
Background information
Birth name Joseph Guillermo Jones II
Also known as Jimmy Jones, CAPO
Born July 15, 1976 (1976-07-15) (age 33)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1998-Present
Labels Diplomat (2002-)
E1 Music (2004-)
Columbia (2008-2009)
Website www.jimjonesofficial.com

Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976),[1] better known by his stage name Jim Jones, is an American rapper and original member of The Diplomats, also known as Dipset. He is Co-CEO of Diplomat Records.[2][3] Jones is also a noted video director under the name of CAPO, for artists including Cam'ron, Remy Ma and State Property.

In 2004 he released his first solo album On My Way to Church. The release of his second album, Harlem: Diary of a Summer in 2005, coincided with Jones landing an executive position in A&R at E1 Music. A year later he was on his third album which spawned his biggest single to date "We Fly High". In 2006 he formed his own rap group, ByrdGang. He also has his own freestyle skateboarding team, Dip Skate, which he plans to take to the X Games in the near future.[4] Jim Jones has recently partnered with Damon Dash to form Splash Records.

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Early life

Jim Jones is from the Tremont section of Bronx but raised in Harlem of Puerto Rican and Aruban descent.[5] In an essay for Fader magazine, he stated that his mother would allow him to ride the train from their residence at 176th and Jerome Avenue to 110th Street and Lexington Avenue. He attended Catholic school but later began cutting church to loiter and play hooky at the train station.[6] As a young boy he used to skate which inspired him to create Dip Skate, his freestyle skateboarding team.[4]

Music career

With Cam'ron breaking out first Jones was in the background as his hypeman. Soon they would form The Diplomats along with Juelz Santana.[7]

2004: On My Way to Church

On My Way to Church is Jones' debut album. The album spawned two singles that made the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Certified Gangstas" (featuring Cam'ron, Bezel and The Game), which reached at #80, and "Crunk Muzik" (featuring his Dipset group members Cam'ron and Juelz Santana), which reached #84. The album peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 chart, #3 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, and #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[8]

2005: Harlem: Diary of a Summer

Harlem: Diary of a Summer is Jones' second album. It reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Independent Albums charts.[9] It had three singles that were listed on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart: "Baby Girl", which reached #58; "Summer Wit' Miami", which reached #78;[10] and "What You Been Drankin' On?" (featuring Diddy, Paul Wall, and Jha Jha), which reached #106.[11]

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2006–08:Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)

Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) is Jim Jones' third album. This album was more commercial and once again featured Dipset members along with Lil Wayne. The album spawned his biggest single to date, "We Fly High". In the music video of 2006 hit "We Fly High", Jones started a signature dance move of throwing up a fake jump shot every time the ad-lib "Ballin!'" was stated in the song. This dance move became so popular that it inspired Michael Strahan and Plaxico Burress to do the dance move after big plays during a Monday Night Football game in 2006. The album has been certified gold.[12]

From 2006 to 2008, Jones released a collaborative album with his rap group ByrdGang entitled M.O.B.: The Album, two Christmas compilation albums, A Dipset X-Mas and A Tribute To Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps and a load of mixtapes including Harlem's American Gangster which peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned his single "Love Me No More".

2009–present: Pray IV Reign - The Rooftop

Pray IV Reign is Jim Jones' fourth album. It was released March 24, 2009. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart. On July 8, Jones released a promotional single entitled "The Good Stuff" featuring NOE[13][14] The album features "Pop Champagne" which is also going to be featured on Ron Browz album as well. A bonus track on the album is "Jackin' Swagga From Us" with Twista, Noe and Lil Wayne which takes shots at T.I. and Jay-Z for allegedly stealing their styles and mocking their song "Swagga Like Us".[15] It is his first solo album under Columbia Records. Along with releasing the album Jim Jones is doing an off-Broadway musical called Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones.[16] In 2009 Jim Jones became Vice President of Urban A&R at Koch Records which is now E1 Music.[17]

On June 11, Jim Jones appeared on 106 & Park along with DJ Webstar and announced that they will be releasing an album together entitled The Rooftop.[18] He also announced that his documentary, This Is Jim Jones, will be released June 30, 2009. The first single off the album is "Dancin on Me", featuring Juelz Santana. It was officially released via iTunes, April 28. On September 22, hip hop website RapRuckus stated the album is scheduled for an October 6, 2009 release. The second single is titled "She Can Get It".[19]

In late 2009 Jones left Columbia. According to XXLMag.com, Jones has signed a deal to release his next solo album on E1, as well as a mixtape.[20]

Controversy

Tru-Life

According to an interview with Tru-Life in the June/July 2006 issue of Complex Magazine, rumors had spread that Tru-Life was referring to Jim Jones in his diss song "New New York". Jim Jones reportedly began calling several rappers and telling them that he had a DVD of Tru-Life dissing them. Tru-Life responded by calling Dipset Boss Cam'ron "a bitch."[21]

Jones responded by challenging Tru-Life to a brawl with US$50,000 at stake. [22] Months later, Jones told an interviewer that Tru-Life did not respond to the challenge, doesn't count in the rap industry, and lacked the money and heart to accept Jones' challenge.[23]

The argument continued into 2007, when Tru-Life released his DJ J-Love hosted mixtape entitled Tru York with Dipset diss tracks and whose cover superimposes an image of Jim Jones' face over a swimsuit-clad Borat picture.[24]

Jay-Z

Jones' dispute with Tru-Life may have stemmed from a dispute between Cam'ron and Jay-Z, as Tru-Life was signed to Jay-Z's Roc-La-Familia label at the time. Jim Jones has also dissed Jay-Z's performance as president of Def Jam Recordings.[25]

Jay-Z has since responded with a diss track called "Brooklyn High" over the beat from Jones's "We Fly High".[26] On December 1, 2006, BET's Access Granted debuted the video for Jones's "We Fly High" remix, with Diddy, Baby, T.I., Young Dro, and added Juelz Santana's verse from his response on the "We Fly High Beef Mix".

He recently got in to an altercation with a Jay-Z associate who was with Ne-Yo at the time and turned himself into the police shortly after. However, it was recently reported that Jones did not get into a altercation with Ne-Yo, but was instead a rumour intended to increase tension. [1]

Cam'ron

In early 2007, rumors began to spread stating that Jim Jones had been in many rifts and disagreements with fellow Dipset member Cam'ron [27]

On May 7, 2007, Jones was to appear on the "Funkmaster Flex radio show", but due to unknown reasons Jones was a no-show. Bloggers and listeners began to wonder if this statement of a possible break-up within the group was indeed true.[28] However, radio personality Miss Info interviewed Jones and got him to describe the situation with him and Cam'ron. He said:

"Me and Cam'ron haven't spoken to each other in a year...I kept quiet out of loyalty, I felt like if we can't be friends then at least we can do business together," Jones explained to Miss Info. "But now I can't be next to you...I'm through with being in hot water because of you...We still the Diplomats. We worked too hard to achieve our own success and now we're gonna do something new."[27]

On April 8, 2009, after three years of not being on speaking terms with Jones, Cam'ron stated that the rift in the Diplomats is too big for him to make music with Juelz Santana or Jim Jones ever again. The Harlem rapper said the "last straw" was Jim Jones publicly denying a phone call between the two that took place back in February.

Max B

The beef with Max B was simply money related. After being arrested on robbery and murder charges stemming from a September 2006 incident, Max B was bailed out of jail by Jim Jones. Before being bailed out, Max B agreed to sign over all of his publishing to Jim Jones in exchange. After being bailed out, Max B signed with Jim Jones' "ByrdGang Records". As a member of Jones' rising group, "ByrdGang", Max B began to rise to fame on the underground scene and was credited with helping produce Jones' greatest hit to date, "We Fly High".

After over a year of working with Jones, Max B approached Jones asking about money that he was not being given after helping Jones with several of his projects and mixtapes. Jones denied him the money saying he was still working off the money used to bail him out of jail. This caused a rift between the two resulting in Max B asking to be released from his contract in order to pursue his own goals.

After the split, Max B began taunting Jim Jones in online videos saying Jones' then fiancee, Chrissy, engaged in sexual relations with him while doing work in Miami. After this, Max B in almost every song he made, taunted Jim Jones and his Dipset/ByrdGang affiliates. Jim Jones responded with "Frienemies" on his album, "Pray IV Reign", dissing Max B and his former Dipset partner Cam'Ron. There were several confrontations between Max B and Dipset/ByrdGang and several rumored confrontations as well. Max B led his new group "Gain Greene" against Jones' and his Dipset/ByrdGang followers.

The two sides traded disses back and forth until Max B was found guilty on June 9, 2009 of the September 2006 robbery which left a man dead. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison on September 3, 2009. The beef has since calmed down, with Max B asking Jim Jones to reach out to him during a 2009 interview from prison. Jim Jones was seen during an interview saying that the situation between he and Max could never be resolved.

Discography

Studio albums
Collaboration albums
Compilation albums

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2005 State Property 2 himself Direct-to-video DVD
2005 A Day in the Fast Life himself Direct-to-video DVD
2007 The Wire Man standing in front of store Cameo
2008 Righteous Kill Cameo
2009 This Is Jim Jones himself Documentary Direct-to-video DVD
2009 Red Apples Falling himself Feature Film

Jim Jones also appeared on Season 5, episode 8 of the critically acclaimed "The Wire" TV drama on HBO. He is seen as one of Marlo Stanfield's henchmen

Awards

Urban Music Awards

  • 2009, Best Collaboration ft. Ron Browz & Juelz Santana ‘Pop Champagne’ (Won)

References

  1. ^ "Jim Jones". The Insider. CBS. http://www.theinsider.com/celebrities/Jim_Jones. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  2. ^ Goias, Matt. "Capo for a Day". Mass Appeal Magazine. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  3. ^ Kwak, Donnie (2004-08-13). "Jim Jones - Gotham City Hustler + 'Certified Gangsta' Video". Vibe Magazine. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  4. ^ a b FEATURE: Jim Jones, Harlem Renaissance
  5. ^ "Dip Set Capo Jim Jones Still Gaining Altitude". LatinRapper.com. 2007-01-15. http://www.latinrapper.com/jim_jones_interview.html. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  6. ^ Jimmy eat world: Jim Jones across 110th street
  7. ^ Kellman, Andy (2008). "Jim Jones > Biography". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3vfixqyaldae~T1. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  8. ^ "On My Way to Church > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0ifuxq9sldse~T3. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  9. ^ "Jim Jones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3vfixqyaldae~T5. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  10. ^ "Jim Jones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3vfixqyaldae~T51. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  11. ^ "What You Been Drankin' On". Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Billboard. 2005-12-03. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=345&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Bubbling+Under+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Singles&ci=3062885&cdi=8495795&cid=12%2F03%2F2005. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  12. ^ NFL Players Shooting Jump Shots During Games? Blame Jim Jones.
  13. ^ Jim Jones preps Beck 2 Back, defsound.com.
  14. ^ The Good Stuff, Amazon.com.
  15. ^ Jim Jones Explains His ‘Swagger Like Us’ Response
  16. ^ Jim Jones Sets His Sights On Broadway With 'Hip-Hop Monologues'
  17. ^ [Jim Jones Accepts VP Of Urban A&R Job At Koch Records]
  18. ^ Video: Jim Jones & DJ Webstar on 106 & Park
  19. ^ Jim Jones collaborates with DJ Webstar to drop “The Rooftop”
  20. ^ Jim Jones Leaves Columbia For E1
  21. ^ Hip-Hop Cop Reveals B.I.G.'s Killer, Tru Life Says "fuck Cam'Ron," Ludacris Hearts Oprah, Vida Guerra Poses For Playboy | Pulse Report | SOHH.com /
  22. ^ Ludacris Takes Shots At T.I. And Young Jeezy? Jim Jones Challenges Tru Life To Knuckle Up, The Game Names Names, Diddy Vs Lindsay Lohan | Pulse Report | SOHH.com /
  23. ^ Jim Jones Interview - "Dip Set Capo Jim Jones Still Gaining Altitude"
  24. ^ Tru York Mixtape track listing"
  25. ^ Chery, Carl (2005-08-26). "Jim Jones' Greasy Jay-Z Talk". SOHH.com. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  26. ^ "Jay-Z Disses Jim Jones" Brooklyn High Lyrics
  27. ^ a b Jim Jones Admits Beef With Cam'ron, "Me & Cam Haven't Spoken To Each Other In A Year" | Daily Hip-Hop News | SOHH.com /
  28. ^ Jim Jones Dips Out On Cam'ron Talk, Speaks Out Against Drug Law | Daily Hip-Hop News | SOHH.com /

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