Jim Jones Speaker
Jim Jones Speaker Profile
Role model is a touchy title, Jones says pointedly. For me to have survived the things Ive been through and be making all legal money, that forces me to be a role model by default, whether Im an angel or not. If I can set an example for people as far as my integrity, my work ethic, my accomplishments, then good. I want people to achieve what I have, to do such things and even more. I feel like Obama. Interesting analogy. But what outsiders may wave off as industry braggadocio applies in earnest to Jim Jones. The mastermind behind the Diplomats, owner of 2006s biggest single We Fly High (Ballin) a constant cultural force I changed the whole esthetic for the world; skulls was last years fashion superfad, and its all because of me Jim Jones has shown an uncanny ability to evolve and differentiate himself in a game cluttered with idle thinkers and stenciled careers.
I always wanted to be big, fly, like James Bond when I was younger, he reveals. Just someone who could win in every direction. The real cool dude who could beat you up and take your girl, and shoot a good jump shot, and swim good, or cook, whatever was necessary. I always like a challenge, and its cool to be different. I wasnt really after fame, but I wanted famous people to know me. People need to understand that theyre dealing with a monster when it comes to my brain capacity. I been had the game in my head since Im nine years old. This was all premeditated. The very informed dreams that I had when I was younger, Ive turned into a blueprint. Thats how I always win: I fill a void that people arent worried about.
Words as likely to arch an eyebrow than earn an approving nod. But theres no arguing his track record, and theres no overlooking the voids hes currently exploring. Pray IV Reign, which drops early 2009, is just the beginning. Jones has put the finishing touches on his lifes documentary. Birthed by award-winning producer Marc Levin (SLAM), director Ben Solomon, and executive producer Damon Dash whom Jones lured out of retirement to tackle his many projectsthe film follows the Bronx-born, Harlem-bred impresario from dimly-lit streetcorners to lavishly appointed executive offices. The films last setting will be Park City, Utah, for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
When somebody else is watching from the outside, theyre able to paint a picture that you cant from just living your life, Jones asserts. It showed me so much Ive done and accomplished, personally and professionally. Its a great tool for others, its intriguing, its exciting, its a little more than I expected to be honest.
Theres really no way to explain Harlem, he continues, but we can tell you about the things that go on there: the stories, the history, the events. But its getting cold out there in New York, I havent seen Harlem look like that in years. I dont think the youngsters share the same impressions I had; with my hard work, Ive built a business in this game. Ive created jobs for individuals coming up under me, and hopefully in turn theyll do the same for others. Most people dont do it like that; they try to get it all for themselves. They dont realize if you spread love and help others get it youre gonna feel that much better and be that much richer. Just when you had Jim Jones pegged as a slave to his hubris, he surprises you with humility, and an astutely long view.
Part of this view entails Jones foray into the theater. Hell be starring in the Hip-Hop Monologues, essentially a one-man show set to the music of Pray IV Reign. Jones likens the play to this generations West Side Story, and his role is all-encompassing; while the album contributors play peripheral parts, the spotlight is wholly Jims. Initially, the idea sprang from Jones exasperation at typical album release protocol: a listening session, held for alleged tastemakers, to introduce the music. Unsurprisingly, Jim wanted, pardon the pun, a bigger stage to break Pray IV Reign, his most complete and explosive album to date. Producers include No I.D., Ryan Leslie, Harlem beatmaker Ron Browz, and Byrd Gangs own Chink Santana. Guest spots come from Ludacris, Juelz Santana, and other members of the Byrd Gang.
This album has been blessed with good producers and people in my camp who helped me; these werent all my musical ideas, this is like a painting, a mosaic that everybody played a part of, Jim notes. We all share the same vision to win and to make some incredible music: the music that we came up to, that taught us how to hustle, that made us want to do things that wasnt right, that inspired us to do good. Im going to shock a lot of people who dont think I can make this type of music. I been through a lot of hurt and I can feel peoples pain. Im very genuine in my music, and if Im not talking about real life and my lifestyle I cant get a song done. People can see a little of themselves in me.
New Yorkers, meanwhile, should expect to see a lot more of Jones. Speaking of a bigger stage, straightforward performances of Pray IV Reign simply wont suffice. As of December 1st, hell be heading a weekly residency at the famed Mercury Lounge, fronting the eclectic Irish rock band Republic of Loose. Whimsically and affectionately dubbed the Irish OutKast, Republic of Loose has a global legion of fans. With Jones as their exuberant frontman, the band will reinterpret and reconstitute Reign live.
But lest the rest of the world feel slighted, Jim Jones will be baring more than his soul with yet another concurrent project. Hes preparing a workout DVD, coolly titled 60 Sets in 60 Minutes. Jones, who dons diamonds more often than he does shirts, explains and illustrates how he maintains his sculpted physique. Emphasizing a grueling workout despite an unforgiving schedule, 60 Sets in 60 Minutes features Jims personal narration, along with appearances from Damon Dash and Juelz Santana.
Elsewhere, look for a second Jim Jones film endeavor, this a mockumentary entitled the Byrd Gang Blasphemy. Intertwining verisimilar content with jarring, dramatic episodes, the Blasphemy is an intoxicating, surreal sojourn though urban hardship. I wanted to do a movie about my album, something like the Streets is Watching, and I wanted to do a Byrd Gang movie, Jim stresses. We follow artists around to see where theyre from. The film utilizes three different cameras, documenting life from peoples point of view and also a 60 Minutes-type interview segment, hosted by Angie Martinez. For example, in the midst of the documentary portion youll see a home invasion, hence mockumentary. Its like a musical Pulp Fiction with a little bit of The Blair Witch Project. People arent going to understand what theyre watching.
There again, the intricacy and intrigue that is Jim Jones. While others are stuck serving the same processed, provincial view of life, Jones is widening the lens. Lets not forget that Jones is a recurring participant on Russell Simmons Hip-Hop Summit. Hes also on the board of directors for the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, with whom hes performing the annual Stay in School concert on October 28th. We use music for educational purposes, giving inner city youth the incentive to work in the music industry, Jim says proudly. Education is important for society, a way out for kids who stick to it and graduate. They can go to college and get to see something different than their hood. If youre that smart and know what education really does for you, you can go to any college in America. You can earn a free life.
And what of Jones life thus far? What to expect next from the man determined to stay two, three steps ahead so people got to catch up with me?
Im planting seeds now to leave as a template for other artists, he maintains. I would love to run for mayor of New York. I got Dame, he could write all my speeches. We gotta nail this when it comes to the speeches and debates. He turns to Dash, whos been holding court at Empire. You think we could pull that off in 5 years? Dame looks at him soberly and replies: We should be able to. I dont see why not, and promptly starts rattling off the logistics involved in a campaign. Jim is engrossed; the interview is over. Jim Jones has found his next challenge.
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