If you looked at Jim Jones ten years ago you would never have thought
hed be where he is today. After a string of hits (youve said it loud, “Ballin!,”
admit it) and savvy business moves, the former second in command of the
Diplomats movement has really come into his own.
Going from hype man, to entertainer, to businessman, Jones resume
reads like a how to story for would be entrepreneurs
and hes still not done. After he gets his holiday money from the recently
released A Tribute to Bad Santa, Jim
Jones plans on hitting fans with his first major label album called Pray IV Reign.
With music, movies, and a stage play [Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones] all under his belt, Jim
Jones may have to officially change his name to Renaissance man.
known for your rough image and street music so most people were shocked when
they heard you had a stage play. How did that come about?
Jim Jones: The
play was just an idea of mine. Did a new deal, trying to do something big. I’m
trying to get people to listen to the music. It’s just something innovative,
something new. I told my idea to the play director. He and I talked about the
ideas and my music and it turned into a musical.
that you have it out whats the next step?
Jim Jones: I’m
trying to get it on the road right now. We’re trying to figure that out right
now so hopefully it’ll go through.
You have a Christmas album coming out, which is a little rare to see in
Hip-Hop. What made you want to do it?
Christmas is my best season. I love Christmas music. I did Dipset Christmas so this is my double back. I built a good rapport with
Mike Epps. He’s real funny so I told him let’s do a Christmas album with him as
Bad Santa and he was with it. We locked in and did it. Juelz
gave me some songs. So did 730, Sin City gave me some songs and we got some Byrdgang songs.
Even got a couple R&B bangers in there and smashed that thing
together. It’s genuine Christmas music but it’s Christmas music we can relate
mentioned Mike Epps but I remember Katt Williams was
tapped to be the official comedy representative for Dipset
a while ago. What happened?
Jim Jones: Katt is still Diplomats. He’s Diplomats/Comedy Central. He
runs the comedy division and we’re trying to build a movie division. Katt is a business man and we’re all
We all cool. I haven’t spoken to Cam but as far as all the
other players, the ones who started it with me, we all cool. We’re still the
tight family we was. As for the artists, they’re
opinion really don’t matter anyway.
In keeping with the Christmas theme, what do you remember most about
the holidays when you were growing up?
Jim Jones: What I
remember most about Christmas is the G.I. Joes and Voltron
toys. The Lumber Jack jackets, the sheepskins and the
v-bombers that we were so thirsty to get.
Christmas is a holiday about togetherness and unity. Do you think theres a
chance well ever see unity among Dipset?
Jim Jones: I
don’t know what it’ll take, but there’s definitely a chance. There’s always a
chance to make money.
you relationship like with the other members?
Jim Jones: We all
cool. I haven’t spoken to Cam but as far as all the other players, the ones who
started it with me, we all cool. We’re still the tight family we was. As for the artists, they’re opinion really don’t matter
another interview recently published on the Internet, you were quoted as saying
something to the effect of Cams ego being part of the break up?
Jim Jones: I
don’t think I said Cam’s ego but I will say it was both of our egos. Once
people’s egos get bigger than the money [then] these types of things tend to
you pinpoint where the disconnect between you two
happened and if so, is there anything you wouldve done different?
Jim Jones: I
couldn’t tell you man. I really can’t say.
have a 50/50 deal with Columbia. Youve done pretty well with yourself as an
indie artist so what can fans expect from you now that youre on a major?
Jim Jones: A lot
more of me. A whole lot more of me. I’m sticking to the script. Nothing’s
changed. I’m still Jones. Except now I’m going to be all in your house, all in
your momma’s house. I’m definitely going to be a household name.
Artists have a tendency to lose a bit of themselves when they make the move to
the majors. Can we expect to see a difference in Jim Jones anytime soon?
Jim Jones: I
still do my music for the people I know. I do my music for the hood. I do my
music for the struggles and everything that came from the struggles, whether it
was success or not. I can never forget that. I put my experience in my music.
My music brings the people from the suburbs to the cities, to the hoods, to the
have a longstanding relationship with Dr. Benjamin Chavis
of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network. With you becoming more of a household
name can we expect you to be even more active on social issues?
Jim Jones: I give
back as much as I can. People ask me to do things and I try to reach out. If
it’s for the kids Im always there for that. I’m not the biggest social
activist but I give back when I can. Like I’m on the board for Entertainers 4
first single was originally a song by Ron Browz. How
did you two link up and will you collaborate on anymore
Jim Jones: Ron
did like three or four songs on my album, Pray IV Reign. I heard the Pop
Champagne record and I told him Id give him some help and put a verse on
there. It turned into something way crazier than we would’ve thought.
else contributed to the project?
Jim Jones: Chink
Santana, Byrdgang, Ludacris,
Busta, Ryan Leslie.
Speaking of collaborations, you and Dame Dash have been spotted a lot together.
How involved is he in your projects?
Jim Jones: That’s
my business partner. We got a bunch of ventures. We’re going in on these
youre officially bringing Dame Dash back to the music business?
the limit. Y’all n****s better be ready. We coming. We
better be on you n****s radar. The bleeps is louder than a motherf**ker right now.
this is not a slight at Jay-Z in any way?
Jim Jones: Nah.
Why would it be? I don’t give a f**k about that n***a.
I don’t think about that n***a during the course of my
day. The only time I think about that n***a is when
the media mention him then it becomes a joke to me. I don’t give a f**k about that n***a.
going on with your group, Byrdgang?
Jim Jones: We
just did a movie called Bird Flies High.
It’s kind of like a Pulp Fiction
meets Blair Witch Project type of
thing in the hood.
curious to see how that combination played out. It sounds like something that
would difficult to make happen?
Jim Jones: You’ll
see. Hopefully it’ll be out in a couple of months.
and Juelz Santana are the only ones that are still
visible and representing the Dips the same way Wayne and Baby rep for Cash
Money. Is there a chance you two will do an album similar to the one they did
Jim Jones: We’re
doing an album together. We’re probably going to attack that more after both of
our solo projects come out.
being pretty secretive about the moves youre making. You dont want to give
the people something to look forward too?
Jim Jones: You
just got to stay tuned. I don’t like to f**k up my cover. I like to get that