Jim Jones (rapper)

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Jim Jones
Jones in 2008
Jones in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Guillermo Jones II
Also known as
  • Jimmy Jones
  • CAPO
Born (1976-07-15) July 15, 1976 (age 47)
New York City, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record executive
  • entrepreneur
  • music manager
Years active1997–present
Member of

Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976),[1] better known by his stage name Jim Jones (or Jimmy Jones), is an American rapper and record executive. He is an original member of the hip hop collective the Diplomats (also known as Dipset) alongside longtime friend and fellow Harlem native Cam'ron.[2][3]

In 2004, he released his debut 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 Entertainment One Music. A year later he was on his third album Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) (2006), which spawned his biggest single to date, "We Fly High". The song reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Jones' first major-label album Pray IV Reign was released in March 2009 by Columbia Records. The album spawned the hit single "Pop Champagne" (with Ron Browz featuring Juelz Santana). In April 2011, Jones released his fifth album, Capo, which was supported by the lead single, "Perfect Day" (featuring Chink Santana). He returned in May 2019, for his sixth album titled El Capo.[4]

Early life[edit]

Jones, son of an Aruban mother and Puerto Rican father, was born at Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital in Harlem[5] and raised in The Bronx mainly by his maternal grandmother and in Harlem.[6]

Music career[edit]

2004–05: On My Way to Church and Harlem: Diary of a Summer[edit]

On My Way to Church is Jones' debut album. The album spawned two singles that made the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Certified Gangstas" (featuring Cam'ron, Bezel and The Game), which reached number 80, and "Crunk Muzik" (featuring his Dipset cohorts Cam'ron and Juelz Santana), which reached number 84. The album peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard 200 chart, number three on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, and number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[7]

Harlem: Diary of a Summer, Jones' second album, reached number five on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Independent Albums charts, selling 350,000 copies.[8] Three of its singles placed on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Baby Girl", which reached number 58; "Summer Wit' Miami", which reached number 78;[9] and "What You Been Drankin' On?" (featuring Diddy, Paul Wall, and Jha Jha), which reached number 106.[10]

2006–09: Hustler's P.O.M.E., Pray IV Reign and The Rooftop[edit]

Jones' third album Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment), was more commercial and once again featured Dipset members along with Lil Wayne. The album spawned Jones' biggest single to date,[when?] "We Fly High". Jones introduced a signature dance move in the "We Fly High" video, 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.[11]

From 2006 to 2008, Jones released a collaborative album with his rap group ByrdGang, titled M.O.B.: The Album, which peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200, selling 16,000 the first week in stores and eventually selling 65,000 units. He has 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".

Jones' fourth studio album, Pray IV Reign, released March 24, 2009, was his major record label debut. The album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart. On July 8, Jones released a promotional single titled "The Good Stuff" featuring NOE.[12][13] The album features "Pop Champagne", producer Ron Browz, and Juelz Santana. 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".[14] It is his first solo album under Columbia Records. In 2009, Jim Jones became Vice President of Urban A&R at Koch Records, which is now E1 Music.[15] On June 11, Jim Jones appeared on BET's 106 & Park along with DJ Webstar and announced that they will be releasing an album together titled The Rooftop.[16] He also announced that his documentary, This Is Jim Jones, will be released June 30, 2009. The first single from the album is "Dancin on Me", featuring Juelz Santana. It was officially released via iTunes on April 28. On September 22, hip hop website, RapRuckus, stated the album was scheduled for an October 6, 2009 release. The second single is titled "She Can Get It".[17] In late 2009, Jones left Columbia. According to XXLMag.com, Jones signed a deal to release his next solo album on E1, as well as a mixtape.[18]

2010–present: Capo, Dipset reunion and Vampire Life series[edit]

The mixtape, titled The Ghost of Rich Porter, was released March 23, 2010. In April 2010, Cam'ron and Jim Jones announced they ended their feud.[19] On June 26, 2010, Jones reunited with Cam'ron and Juelz Santana on a track titled "Salute", marking the return of the Diplomats.[20] They have begun working on an album together, and have been reportedly working with Dr. Dre.[21] In 2010 it was confirmed that Jones had started up a new record label imprint with Damon Dash entitled Splash Records. On April 5, 2011, Jones' released his fifth studio album, Capo, on E1.[22] On November 3, Jones released a mixtape, titled Capo Life, to promote the album and celebrate the launch of his new website.[23] The lead single off Capo, "Perfect Day" featuring Chink Santana and LOGiC, was released on iTunes December 7, 2010.[24] The album is the first to feature Cam'ron since Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment). Other guest appearances include rappers Game, Lloyd Banks, Prodigy, Raekwon and R&B singers Rell and Ashanti among others, and features notable production from longtime collaborator Chink Santana, Aaron LaCrate, Wyclef Jean, Drumma Boy and Lamont "LOGiC" Coleman. The album peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200, selling 21,000 copies in its first week, making Capo his lowest charting album to date.[when?]

On October 1, 2011, when Funkmaster Flex premiered a song on New York City's Hot 97 titled "It Ain't My Fault" featuring rappers T-Rex, Boogie Black and Sen City, it was revealed that it was the first offering from Webstar and Jones' upcoming second collaborative effort The Rooftop 2.[citation needed] In the summer of 2011, he was featured on Randyn Julius "Party Tonight" with Teyana Taylor and fellow Dispet member Cam'ron.[25] On October 30, 2011, for the Halloween holiday, Jones released a mixtape titled Vampire Life: We Own the Night. The tape features twenty-four songs, including bonus tracks, freestyles and guest appearances from Meek Mill, J.R. Writer, Chink Santana, 2 Chainz, Maino, Yo Gotti and Jadakiss among others.[26][27]

On May 1, 2012, Jones released the second installment of his Vampire Life series entitled Vampire Life 2, it went on to be downloaded over 300,000 times on mixtape-sharing website DatPiff.[28][29] On March 11, 2013, Jones announced he was working on two new mixtapes V3 (Vampire Life 3) and The Ghost Of Rich Porter 2.[30] Vampire Life 3 was released on August 13, 2013.[31] On December 3, 2013, Jim Jones released an extended play (EP), titled We Own the Night. The EP was supported by the single "Nasty Girl", featuring American singer Jeremih. On June 24, 2014, Jones released a single titled "Wit the Shit", featuring American singer Trey Songz.[32] In July 2014, Jones revealed he would be releasing another EP, titled We Own the Night Pt. 2: Memoirs of a Hustler; it was released on September 9.[33][34]

On January 1, 2015, DJ Funkmaster Flex announced via Instagram that he had spoken to fellow Diplomat members Cam'ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana about an upcoming Diplomats mixtape which included fellow member Freekey Zeekey. He also stated that he would be hosting the mixtape along with DJs/producers DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz and DJ Mustard.[35]

Other ventures[edit]

Byrd Gang[edit]

Byrd Gang
GenresHip hop, rap
Years active2006-2010
Past membersJim Jones
Freekey Zekey
Mel Matrix
Max B
Jha Jha
Stack Bundles (deceased)
Chink Santana

Jones introduced Byrd Gang in 2008. The group released their debut album, M.O.B.: The Album on Asylum Records.[36]

Fashion designing[edit]

Jones and Damon Dash co-own "Vampire Life Clothing".[37]

Acting career[edit]

Jones made his acting debut in the film State Property 2.He also appeared on the show Crash: The Series.[citation needed] Along with releasing the album Capo, Jones headlined in an off-Broadway musical called Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones, produced by Damon Dash and Footage Entertainment.[38]

Reality television[edit]

Jones also appears in seasons 1 and 2 of the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2011.

Sports management[edit]

In December 2017, he became part owner of the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League.[39]


Junior M.A.F.I.A.[edit]

At an altercation at the Rucker, members of Junior Mafia physically assaulted rap group the Diplomats, including Jim Jones. Jones was seen on camera, fleeing the altercation.

Tru Life[edit]

In a 2006 interview, Tru Life, responding to rumors, called Dipset bosses Cam'ron and Jim Jones "bitches."[40] Jones responded by challenging Tru Life to fisticuffs, with a US$50,000 wager.[41] Tru Life responded by stealing Jones' necklace[42] and taunting him on the 2007 mixtape Tru York,[43] which featured "a Photoshopped Jim Jones in a Borat-style thong and Cam'ron as a Seventh Avenue transsexual hooker" as the cover.[44] The Diplomats retaliated by hacking Tru Life's MySpace page, replacing the faces on the Tru York cover with Tru Life's and Jay-Z's.[45]


In February 2022 Jones posted an Instagram video in which he detailed his experience of being racially profiled as a result of receiving poor customer service. He expressed his disappointment in Gucci’s employees by claiming that “These black people are more racist than white people when they get they job”. He goes on to further detail the event that left him a victim by explaining “I still ain’t get no sparkling water, I still ain’t get no champagne. I still ain’t get nothing.” [46]

Jay Z[edit]

Jim Jones has criticized Jay Z's performance as president of Def Jam Recordings.[47] Jay Z responded with a "diss" track called "Brooklyn High" over the beat from Jones' "We Fly High".[48]

On December 22, 2008, Jones punched and kicked a "friend and colleague" of Jay Z at a Manhattan Louis Vuitton store; he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault the following November.[49][50]

ASAP Mob[edit]

In a 2014 interview Jim Jones characterized ASAP Mob's style as "not street": "[T]hey're artistic, but they're not from the street... We got bonafide swag and the definition of get fly... Price point and high fashion don't really make it cool."[51] ASAP Mob member ASAP Rocky responded in his solo single "Multiply" by criticizing that characterization as a disingenuous ploy to sell overpriced branded merchandise.[52]

Azealia Banks[edit]

In July 2012, a social media-related conflict between Jim Jones and rapper Azealia Banks had started after Banks disrespected the rapper for getting more credit for her phrase "Vamp", as in Jones' mixtape series and label of the same name, Vampire Life, or his track "Vamp Life".[53] Enraged, Banks disrespected Jim Jones again via a track titled "Succubi".[54]


Solo albums

Collaboration albums


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Paper Soldiers Himself Direct-to-video DVD
2005 State Property 2 Jimmy Jones Direct-to-video DVD
A Day in the Fast Life Himself Direct-to-video
2006 Killa Season Himself Direct-to-video DVD
2008 The Wire Man Standing In Front of Store Cameo/extra
2008 Righteous Kill Himself Cameo
Who's Deal? Devon Direct-to-video
2009 This Is Jim Jones Himself Documentary direct-to-video DVD
Red Apples Falling Himself Feature film
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Def Jam: Icon Himself Playable character
Year Title Role Notes
2007-2014 Wild 'n Out Himself Guest
2011–2020 Love & Hip Hop: New York Himself Supporting
2012–2013 Chrissy & Mr. Jones Himself Main
2016 Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never Himself Main
2017 Tales Taggert 1 episode
2018 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition Himself 12 episodes
2022—present VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition Himself Main

Awards and honors[edit]

"Pop Champagne" was nominated for Best Collaboration at the 2009 Urban Music Awards.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Goias, Matt. "Capo for a Day Archived 2006-12-09 at the Wayback Machine". Mass Appeal Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2006.
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  12. ^ Jim Jones preps Beck 2 Back Archived July 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, defsound.com.
  13. ^ The Good Stuff, Amazon.com.
  14. ^ "Complex Blog » Jim Jones Explains His 'Swagger Like Us' Response". Complex Networks. October 4, 2008. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008.
  15. ^ [Jim Jones Accepts VP of Urban A&R Job at Koch Records]
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  18. ^ Kuperstein, Slava. (December 3, 2009) Jim Jones Leaves Columbia For E1 Archived December 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Hiphopdx.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-11.
  19. ^ Miss Info Exclusive: Cam'ron and Jim Jones rebuild friendship, Jimmy issues public apology Archived May 14, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. Missinfo.tv (April 19, 2010). Retrieved on 2012-01-11.
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  25. ^ Jim Jones Party Tonight produced by Duane Darock. hotnewhiphop.com
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  30. ^ HipHopDX (March 11, 2013). "Jim Jones Announces "The Ghost Of Rich Porter 2" & "V3" Mixtapes". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  31. ^ "Mixtape Not Found". DatPiff. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  32. ^ "iTunes - Music - Wit the Sh!t (feat. Trey Songz) - Single by Jim Jones". iTunes. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  33. ^ "Jim Jones Has A New EP On The Way This Month - XXL". XXL Mag.
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  35. ^ Rose Lilah. "Dipset Reportedly Reuniting For New Mixtape". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
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  41. ^ Carl Chery 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. June 23, 2006
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  46. ^ Marie, Erika. "Jim Jones Goes Off On Gucci After Employees Allegedly Ignore Him & His Entourage". HotNewHipHop.
  47. ^ Chery, Carl (August 26, 2005). "Jim Jones' Greasy Jay-Z Talk Archived 2006-12-21 at the Wayback Machine". SOHH.com. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
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  49. ^ Reid, Shaheem (January 5, 2009). "MTV News Top Stories: Jim Jones Says He's 'Lucky' To Be Free After Alleged Fight With Jay-Z Associate ('All I know is I was shopping,' rapper tells MTV News of altercation in a Louis Vuitton store)". MTV.com.
  50. ^ "Billboard.com News: Rapper Jim Jones Pleads Guilty To NYC Assault". Billboard.com. Associated Press. October 7, 2009.
  51. ^ "Jim Jones Says Dipset Had The Most Influential Style In Hip-Hop". XXL. July 7, 2014.
  52. ^ "ASAP Rocky Disses Jim Jones In New "Multiply" Video, Says He's Being Extorted (Video)". slumz.boxden.com. Fake ass niggas, you know what I'm sayin'? These niggas be out here, talkin' 'bout they street niggas and shit, but man... Niggas be gettin' extorted like a ma' fucker out here.
  53. ^ "Azealia Banks & Jim Jones Beef On Twitter Over Taking Credit For "Vamp"". HipHopDX. August 6, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  54. ^ "Azealia Banks Fires Diss Song at Jim Jones - BET". BET. August 13, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2016.

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