In 2004, Jones began pursuing a solo career. Under the name Young Rome, he released his debut album on June 24, 2004 entitled Food for Thought. The album featured the singles "After Party" (featuring former B2K member Omarion) and "Freaky" (featuring rapper Guerilla Black).
In 2005, Jones continued to work with former bandmate Marques Houston. He made a guest appearance on Houston's album Naked (2005) in a song entitled "All Because of You". Jones had also began work on a project tentatively titled, Round 1, which was set to see a release in 2006. Two contending singles were released but failed to obtain the media attention Jones' label had hoped for thus resulting a cancellation of the album.
Throughout most of his career with Immature/IMx, Jones wore an eye patch over his right eye, leading to speculation that Jones had an eye condition. However, Jones later clarified the situation in a verse from his song "Look Down On Me", featured on his debut album Food For Thought:
I remember when Brandy Norwood hit me in my eye. I had a detached retina (and) my lens came out, I had to have three eye surgeries. And she thought we'd never be cool again. But I put that on my life, I love her to death. If she hear me talking, I know she can hear the honesty in my voice and my sincerity.
Jones has also stated that he was hit in the eye with a book.