Since the Diplomats first got noticed, Jim Jones was respected as a street entrepreneur, but rarely recognized for his song-making. While Certified Gangstas relied on plenty of lyrical help for the first album, We Fly High marks Jones first big unassisted hit. The Uptown anthem has bled its way onto the charts all over the country, and everybodys ballin because of it.
As proof, for the second week in a row, the white-hot New York Giants will take the field to their personalized rendition of We Fly High. Like the G-Men, the Dipset Capo chronicles his hopes of climbing to the top, his competition, and how hes gonna get money after the game ends, like Tiki Barber.
We Fly High (RMX)
AllHipHop.com: So whats good Jones?
Jim Jones: Everythings going good right now, on a promo tour blowing this album [up] and promoting the We Fly High and the balling [slogan]. You know we go hard out here.
AllHipHop.com: Whats good with this We Fly High version for the New York Giants?
Jim Jones: Shouts to Osi [Umenyiora] and [Michael] Strahan, they shackling and tackling football players and for they celebration they doing the balling dance. They said the song puts an adrenaline rush in them, nahmean? So what can I say?
AllHipHop.com: So are they going to start rocking those colorful belts too?
Jim Jones: Ugh, I dont know if they gonna rock those belts during game, but if they want to get fly, they can cop a couple thousand dollar belts and get fly with it.
AllHipHop.com: Where do you cop the belts?
Jim Jones: Its Juelz and mine belt company. Its called PB & JJs.
AllHipHop.com: When did you get that jumping?
Jim Jones: A couple of months ago.
AllHipHop.com: What do you think of Tiki Barbers possible retirement next year?
Jim Jones: Man, you know after you put that work in and you get your paper and you do what you came to do, everybody wants to rest. It is what it is. Its no rest until you get a break. So I guess he hit it and made his number, so let that man rest.
AllHipHop.com: So have you already started thinking about retiring yourself?
Jim Jones: Umm, I dont know. Ill probably resign from this job and do something different.
AllHipHop.com: What do you have in mind?
Jim Jones: Whatever the green things is at.
AllHipHop.com: So whats the album looking like?
Jim Jones: Oh, the album Hustlers P.O.M.E. (Product Of My Environment), its a beautiful thing. Pardon me for saying Im balling so hard, because we are making a couple of dollars. I havent forgotten where I came from, nahmean? We still aint getting no opportunities out there, they aint giving us no jobs. Most of my n***as got felonies on their chest. We [are] forced to do things that other people wouldnt. The rent still got to be paid and Black people still need to be fly, and things need to go on and thats what the album is about, that hustle. <
Chink Santana executive produced the album with me. I got the whole Diplomats on there, Killa Cam, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey. Hell be home Thanksgiving. I got Weezy on there; I got the R&B singer Rell on there. We going in.
AllHipHop.com: Did you have any indication that We Fly High was going to be so big?
Jim Jones: Ah man, I had no idea that We Fly High would be like that. I knew it was a good song. I knew what it would do in New York, but I didnt know that it would touch the entire country like it did.
AllHipHop.com: Loon been talking greasier than cheese steak meat about you and the Dips since he scrapped up with .40 Cal, any words for that situation?
Jim Jones: I think Loon pulled out a shovel on him, but .40 Cal still handled his ass. But thats hearsay, that s**t dont mean nothing to me, ya dig?
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of .40, any reason why he dropped his album on a real small label like Cleopatra rather than going through your Diplomats Records imprint through Koch or your Byrdgang label through Asylum?
Jim Jones: He did a mixtape, that wasnt his album. He still Dipset Byrdgang, he got few thousand for that, [so] why not?
AllHipHop.com: Also Styles P has been running with the title of hardest out and Hell Rell been making mention in his rhymes he the hardest, how do you feel about the competition?
Jim Jones: Look man, this game is built on the best of competition, smell me? Everybody feel like theyre the realest or the hardest out and thats what they rhyming about. I congratulate both of them for feeling they the hardest out. They both do beautiful music, so go hard.
AllHipHop.com: Whats good with Max B? He recently got pinched on a robbery charge?
Jim Jones: Ugh, Max B, thats [a case of] mistaken identity. Hes been caught up on some bulls**t, hell be home in a minute, a quick one, nahmean? He got lawyers on the case and thats that, so we good.
AllHipHop.com: You said earlier that Zeek is getting out Thanksgiving?
Jim Jones: Yeah, Freekey coming home for Thanksgiving, hes going to get to eat some of that Turkey and all of that. So were getting ready for Zekey to touch down right now.
AllHipHop.com: So whats his coming home party looking like?
Jim Jones: Man, an extravaganza! [Laughs] November 3, I got a big Thanksgiving bash in the city, we going to party hard!
Allhiphop.com: On your new song “Alarm.” You spit, “Well I heard Mike Jordan came back to ball again (Werd)/He might meet Iverson, crack and fall again (it’s them stiff knees)/ Yes I am Balllin/Executive n***a like Kev, Lyor and them (Capo).” Do you think Jay-Z is done?
Jim Jones: I was just talking about Jordan
AllHipHop.com: Come on Jones, dont front for me
Jim Jones: [Laughs] Hey, like I told you this game is built on the best of competition, and I am an aggressive competitor nahmean? I am going to put it out there. I am not going to put it out there distastefully, if you listen to it, it was about the art. At the same time Im living fast. We dont live for the old folks.
AllHipHop.com: So whats next after this album?
Jim Jones: Im going to start filming two movies after this album. I got two feature films I been asked to be apart of, so Im about to start my acting career.
AllHipHop.com: Last time you and me kicked it during your promotion of Diary Of A Summer you dropped a jewel on me about the hood getting you high and the game making you famous before they make you rich. Whats your jewel for today?
Jim Jones: Aye man, it aint nothing. Just get it together out there. I keep telling people that the game is in a state of emergency for a few reasons. So if you dont have some integrity about this underworld secret society, or this industry of ours, we finna loose it all, nahmean? They keep putting people on our back, and they got us under surveillance because we young, Black, and we rich. And they cant stand that. Money begets power and they dont want us to have any power, you know what Im saying, so when I say stop snitching, I dont advocate any violence or any crime, Im just trying to tell you dont do the crime if you cant do the time. Theres people out there that live illegally and thats all they got, and this ones for them, ya dig?