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Jim Jones

Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born on July 15, 1976 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States), is rapper of Puerto Rican and Aruban descent. He is best know by his stage name, Jim Jones. Jones is an original member of The Diplomats, also known as Dipset, and also for the hit single We Fly High, and its accompanying catchphrase, "Ballin!". He is Co-CEO of Diplomat Records and is director of A&R for Warner Music Group. . He has recently set up his own record label called Byrd Gang Records, through Asylum Records and will be releasing projects by the late Stack Bundles and Max B.

Conflicts

Jones has gotten into conflicts with several rappers from other New York neighborhoods, including Mase and Loon from Harlem, Jay-Z from Brooklyn, Nas from Queensbridge, and Tru-Life from the lower East side.

Tru-Life

According to an interview with Tru-Life in the June/July 2006 issue of Complex Magazine, rumors had spread that Tru-Life was referring to Jim Jones in his diss song "New New York". Jim Jones reportedly began calling several rappers and telling them that he had a DVD of Tru-Life dissing them. Tru-Life responded by calling Dipset Boss Cam'ron "a bitch."

Jones responded by challenging Tru-Life to a brawl with US$50,000 at stake. Months later, Jones told an interviewer that Tru-Life did not respond to the challenge, doesn't count in the rap industry, and lacked the money and heart to accept Jones' challenge.

The beef continued into 2007, when Tru-Life released his DJ J-Love hosted mixtape entitled Tru York with Dipset diss tracks and whose cover superimposes an image of Jim Jones' face over a swimsuit-clad Borat picture.

Jay-Z

Jones' beef with Tru-Life may have stemmed from a dispute between Cam'ron and Jay-Z, as Tru-Life was signed to Jay-Z's Roc-La-Familia label at the time.(Now sigined to Roc-A-Fella Records) Jim Jones has also dissed Jay-Z's performance as president of Def Jam Recordings.

Jay-Z has since responded with a diss track called "Brooklyn High" over the beat from Jones's "We Fly High". On December 1st, 2006, BET's Access Granted debuted the video for Jones's "We Fly High" remix, with Diddy, Baby, T.I., Young Dro, and added Juelz Santana's verse from his response on the "We Fly High Beef Mix".

Cam'ron

Rumors begin to spread stating that Jim Jones has been in many rifts and disagreements with fellow Dipset member Cam'ron

On May 7, 2007, Jones was to appear on the "Funkmaster Flex radio show", but due to unknown reasons Jones was a no show which bloggers and listeners began to wonder if this statement of a possible break up within the group was indeed true However, Radio-Personality Miss Info caught up with jones and interviewed him in which he describe the situation with him and Cam'ron. He said:

"Me and Cam'ron haven't spoken to each other in a year...I kept quiet out of loyalty, I felt like if we can't be friends then at least we can do business together," Jones explained to Miss Info. "But now I can't be next to you...I'm through with being in hot water because of you...We still the Diplomats. We worked too hard to achieve our own success and now we're gonna do something new."

As of May 24, 2007, Jones stated himself that there is no "rift" between him and "Cam. When Jones appeared on DJ Kay Slay's The Double Drama Hour, Kay Slay queried about the beef between him and Cam. Jones stated the following:

"Everything is everything; it's still Diplomats for life. Shout out to Juelz, he's working an album, he's also working on an album with Lil' Wayne called I Cant Feel My Face; shout out to Freeky Zeekey, shout out to Killa."

Discography

Main article: Jim Jones discography
  • 2004: On My Way to Church
  • 2005: Harlem: Diary of a Summer
  • 2006: Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)

References

  1. ^ Jim Jones Interview http://www.latinrapper.com/jim_jones_interview.html.
  2. ^ Goias, Matt. "Capo for a Day". Mass Appeal Magazine. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  3. ^ Kwak, Donnie (2004-08-13). "Jim Jones - Gotham City Hustler + 'Certified Gangsta' Video". Vibe Magazine. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  4. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1565129/20070719/jones_jim_rap_.jhtml
  5. ^ http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/9142
  6. ^ http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/9248
  7. ^ Jim Jones Interview - "Dip Set Capo Jim Jones Still Gaining Altitude"
  8. ^ Tru York Mixtape track listing"
  9. ^ Chery, Carl (2005-08-26). "Jim Jones' Greasy Jay-Z Talk". SOHH.com. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  10. ^ "Jay-Z Disses Jim Jones" Brooklyn High Lyrics
  11. ^ http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/11545
  12. ^ http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/11561
  13. ^ http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/11545
  14. ^ http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/11701