Jim Jones Biography
In 2004, he released his first 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 E1 Music. A year later he was on his third album which spawned his biggest single to date "We Fly High". In 2006, he formed his own rap group, ByrdGang. He also has his own freestyle inline skating team, Dipskate, which he plans to take to the X Games in the near future. Jim Jones has recently partnered with Damon Dash to form Splash Records. On April 5, 2011 Jones will release his 5th studio album Capo.
Jim Jones is from the Tremont section of Bronx but raised in Harlem. His father was of African American and Puerto Rican descent, and died when Jim Jones was still a young boy. His mother is Aruban. He stated in an interview that he does not know the Spanish language. Jones was raised mainly by his maternal grandmother. In an essay for Fader magazine, he stated that his mother would allow him to ride the train from their residence at 176th and Jerome Avenue to 110th Street and Lexington Avenue. He attended Catholic school but later began cutting church to loiter and play hooky at the train station. In Jim Jones' The Come Up DVD Vol 19 Jim Jones tells stories about growing up with Freaky Zeeky. He claimed he would stay at a store a block from the church he attended, and would go in and hang out with the owner and when the owner left, he took all the money in the register and candy and would sell it in school, he was later expelled.
2004: On My Way to Church
On My Way to Church is Jones' debut album. The album spawned two singles that made the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Certified Gangstas" (featuring Cam'ron, Bezel and The Game), which reached at #80, and "Crunk Muzik" (featuring his Dipset group members Cam'ron and Juelz Santana), which reached #84. The album peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 chart, #3 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, and #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
2005: Harlem: Diary of a Summer
Harlem: Diary of a Summer is Jones' second album. It reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Independent Albums charts. It had three singles that were listed on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart: "Baby Girl", which reached #58; "Summer Wit' Miami", which reached #78; and "What You Been Drankin' On?" (featuring Diddy, Paul Wall, and Jha Jha), which reached #106.
2006–08:Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)
Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) is Jim Jones' third album. This album was more commercial and once again featured Dipset members along with Lil Wayne. The album spawned his biggest single to date, "We Fly High". In the music video of 2006 hit "We Fly High", Jones started a signature dance move of 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. The album has been certified gold.
From 2006 to 2008, Jones released a collaborative album with his rap group ByrdGang entitled M.O.B.: The Album, 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".
2009: Pray IV Reign and The Rooftop
Pray IV Reign is Jim Jones' fourth album. It was released March 24, 2009. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart. On July 8, Jones released a promotional single entitled "The Good Stuff" featuring NOE. The album features "Pop Champagne" which features 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". It is his first solo album under Columbia Records. Along with releasing the album Jim Jones did an off-Broadway musical called Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones.' Produced by Damon Dash and Footage Entertainment'. In 2009 Jim Jones became Vice President of Urban A&R at Koch Records which is now E1 Music.
On June 11, Jim Jones appeared on 106 & Park along with DJ Webstar and announced that they will be releasing an album together entitled The Rooftop. He also announced that his documentary, This Is Jim Jones, will be released June 30, 2009. The first single off the album is "Dancin on Me", featuring Juelz Santana. It was officially released via iTunes, April 28. On September 22, hip hop website RapRuckus stated the album is scheduled for an October 6, 2009 release. The second single is titled "She Can Get It".
In late 2009, Jones left Columbia. According to XXLMag.com, Jones has signed a deal to release his next solo album on E1, as well as a mixtape. On March 23, 2010 the mixtape was released entitled The Ghost of Rich Porter.
2010: Capo and Dipset reunion
Capo will be Jim Jones fifth studio album due to be released April 5, 2011 on E1. Dipset reunited on the track "Salute" which features Cam'ron and Juelz Santana. Jones revealed through Twitter that Snoop Dogg recorded a verse for the album. On November 3, Jones released a mixtape entitled Capo Life to celebrate the launch of his new website. The lead single for Capo, "Perfect Day" featuring Chink Santana and Logic, was released on iTunes December 7, 2010. "Perfect Day" is being plagued by accusations the idea was stole from up and coming phenom THEOFFICIALOD aka THEOFFICIALOVERDOSE of MAJESTIK MEDIA GROUP. On February 7,2011.
Jones confirmed Trey Songz, Raekwon, Daney Foxxwoodz and Snoop Dogg to be featured on the album.