n the tight-lipped political world of Hip-Hop, perhaps Jim Jones is a revolutionary. The Diplomats movement has grown to one of the biggest forces in Hip-Hop, and their Capo still kicks it with street-corner candor. Maybe thats why, if any rappers voyeuristic documentary appeals, A Day in the Fastlife lives up to its name.
In celebration of this realistic look into Jim Jones life, AllHipHop decided to follow up on some juicy talk involving Jones and his company. True to his reputation, the Dipset commander dodges nothing. From talking about food, to Hip-Hop cops, to Tru Life, its all there in authenticity. Going into his next album, the tentatively titled Bright Lights, Big City, Jim Jones has much to discuss, and plenty of watchers, listeners, and readers along for any ride.
AllHipHop.com: Okay, so your new DVD gives us a glimpse of what your life and Harlem is all about?
Jim Jones: It doesnt all revolve around Harlem. Harlems my birthplace, Harlems where I learned to hustle and s**t like that. I take Harlem around the world with me, you understand?
AllHipHop.com: Whats on there?
Jim Jones: The DVD is A Day In The Fastlife. Get you a glimpse of what real life thugging is about. I keep telling people thugging aint about how wild you is, or how many n***as you could bust in the face. If you keeping your family fed, you got shelter over your head, and you doing the right thing, thats first. Anything else after that is what you do, but thats what you call thugging, n***a. ya nahmean? Keeping your kids fed, clothes on your back, and living like a man, ya dig?
AllHipHop.com: Okay. Wheres the best place to get a plate of food in Harlem?
Jim Jones: The best place to get a plate of food in Harlem. Well, I go to this restaurant called The [Harlem] Grill on Seventh Avenue between 132nd and 133rd Streets. But um, theres a lot of restaurants in Harlem that I eat at. I eat at Chinese Restaurants, you got Seafood places we eat at, got Jamaican restaurants we eat at.
AllHipHop.com: Nice. On the DVD you curse the Hip-Hop Cop Derrick Parker. Whyd you do that?
Jim Jones: Why is everybody asking me about Derrick Parker?
AllHipHop.com: Its out there, we gotta ask.
Jim Jones: Thats that n***as title. If he the f**king Hip-Hop Cop, that n***as a pig. [Laughs] [To someone in the room]: I just said I was alright with Derrick. I aint got no problem with Derrick, they keep asking me why Im cursing Derrick out. Derricks my man. It was a misunderstanding. [Laughs] Thats my n***a.
AllHipHop.com: I was saying youve been outspoken about not snitching. Did you feel that Lil Cease was wrong for testifying against Lil Kim, but in the case of Busta Rhymes, do you feel he should speak out if he knows who murdered his friend?
Jim Jones: Ay Ay Ay Ay Ay, see? Thats what see? And now I fault myself for going too far speaking on behalf of other peoples business when it comes to the law. Like, I shoulda never said that comment about Lil Ceasey, that lil snitch, uh Lee, uh Lil Cease. [laughs] But, I aint mean to say that because, not because I didnt want to, because that was just a lil bit far beyond me, ya dig?
Jim Jones: I like I tell n***as, dont do the crime if you cant do the time, point blank, yanamean? I aint liable for nobody elses mishaps, and I cant mention about nobody elses, how they handle they business, ya dig? I know I handle mine, man. I know what lane Im moving in. So, I take everything that comes with the game and I aint mad, ya dig?
AllHipHop.com: True. With Suge Knight currently going through his problems is he a certified gangsta to you?
Jim Jones: Suge?
Jim Jones: Uh, I never met Suge.
Jim Jones: Smell me? So if you wanna go on heresay, s**t I hear, hes a pretty hard individual from whats been going on, but, you know, everybody got they own lil s**t, you know. I aint really got nothing to say. I know one thing: he do his time like a man and come home like a man. I never hear him snitching so
AllHipHop.com: Earlier in the year, there were rumors that you and Cam had a little tension, especially since you got the A&R gig. It was said you were outgrowing your role as part of the Diplomats, and Cam was hating on you because, you know
Jim Jones: [raising voice] Do you believe that?
AllHipHop.com: Nah, I didnt believe it, but I gotta address the rumors, the speculation
Jim Jones: Ah, come on, man. Like I told you just now, me and Cam are brothers. This is something we started. This is a movement. This little separation, and this, you know, divide and conquer money was always second when it came to us, and s**t like that, so for people and the rumors, we dont even listen to the rumors, thats why you dont never hear us say nothing about it. Not going deep into nothing, [but] when we was living our life, its nothing I cant do without [Camron], nahmean? Like me and him go through the whole stretch of this s**t together, like, you see me you see him regardless, n***a.
AllHipHop.com: Thats good to hear because this industry is good for breaking people up
Jim Jones: Nah, we here.
AllHipHop.com: Aight. It was also reported that you and Fabolous got into it in Miami during Memorial Day Weekend. What can you tell about what went down?
Jim Jones: Aint nothin go down, man. Ya dig?
AllHipHop.com: Okay. So yall relationships cool? Youre cool with Fab. You talk to him?
Jim Jones: Shout to Fab. You smell me? We aint trippin.
AllHipHop.com: Aight. We gonna go into another rumor real quick. Whats the deal with you and Tru Life? There was a report that his Roc-A-Fella chain was stolen, and yall had diss records back and forth. Whered the bad blood stem from?
Jim Jones: Whoa, whoa, whoa. [a long pause] First of all, [laughing] I dont have no idea who you talking about. Second of all
AllHipHop.com: Tru Life is the dude on Roc
Jim Jones: Who?
AllHipHop.com: Tru Life. Hes from the Lower East Side. He got that record out The New New York.
Jim Jones: Who own Roc-La-Familia? Juan? F**k Juan! Put that on there: F**k Juan! F**king Mexican ass n***a. Ill put a cocktail in 40/40, n***a. F**k outta here. F**k Juan, n***a. I get at bosses, n***a, I dont get at soldiers.
AllHipHop.com: But isnt it true you challenged [Tru Life] to a fistfight for money?
Jim Jones: [calmly] Yeah, but he aint really never holla back. Feel me? I dont know if he aint have the money or but, you know, thats here nor there. Smell me? I deal with bosses, so if its Roc-a-Fella, its f**k Jay-Z! And if its Roc-la-Familia, its f**k Juan.
AllHipHop.com: This seems personal. A lot of people perceived the beef with Jay as a marketing tool. What do you say to that?
Jim Jones: It aint no marketing tool. We been known for kicking ass, so why would we use that as a marketing tool?
AllHipHop.com: Ok. I just wanted to clear that up. What do you think about Nas signing to Def Jam? I know he was another dude you called out in the past
Jim Jones: Ay Ay. Like I just told you, I dont give a flying f**k about, um, Nasir. Feel me? Ill slap the holy living s**t out of him. He got a nice lil song right now [Where Yall At] that I kinda like. But, like, I dont care about him personally. I dont care who he signed to, or s**t like that. I dont care if he feeling the movement.
AllHipHop.com: On a lighter note, how did it feel to close out Hot 97s Summer Jam?
Jim Jones: Yo, that was a beautiful feeling. Now thats some gangsta s**t. When you muf**kin talk about headlining and s**t like that, and you think about Run-DMC coming out saying Whos house? you think about B.I.G. at the Apollo, n***a, now n***as gotta think about Dipset when they closed down Summer Jam, cause it was raining and it was still 50,000 people out there waiting for the boys to come out. They stayed around, smoked blunts wit us, they got they drink on. It was beautiful. It just felt like a block party out there for us. Imagine how that feel, ya dig? On some old school Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane come through the park, jump up on the speaker and do something.
AllHipHop.com: Thats great. What made you sign Katt Williams the comedian?
Jim Jones: It was all business. Like, me and Cam been working with comics and comedians and s**t like that for a minute trying to get our whole s**t together. Its another business venture.
AllHipHop.com: You never planned to rhyme in the past, but now youre approaching your third album. How do you feel youve grown as an artist?
Jim Jones: Um, I think Ive grown as an artist I dont even consider myself an artist, like I got a chance to be the voice of the people. Ive seen things go on in the hood, n***as is dying and mothers is crying, n***as is coming up on corners hopeless and s**t like that.
Jim Jones: Im trying to be they inspiration, trying to let people know what we going through and s**t like that. I know we perform around the world, but it shows like everybody could get up outta the ghetto, and at the same time, we all like to have a good time, and us as black people we like to stay fly and go through the motions. Its all about the fast life, making more money. Like B.I.G said, its more money, more problems, yeah that may be true and s**t like that, but Im trying to prepare for the problems. I aint trying to get caught up in nobodys mistakes. I been watching the game, so I learn my lessons from other peoples.