By Jack Barnes
Representing for Harlem with his signature flow and ad-libs, Jim Jones took a winding road from rapper to businessman to mogul. Digging back to where it all began, Jones shares “Still Dipset,” a fiery new banger. Tearing up an apocalyptic instrumental courtesy of hitmaker Jahlil Beats, Jones perfects his flex on the track, boasting about his expensive clothes, his droptop whip, and his hustling prowess. Reuniting two of the most prominent members of The Diplomats, “Still Dipset” finds Jones trading verses with Juelz Santana, who impresses with his percussive flow: “I see through these n*ggas like they Windex/Keep that bug spray for you insects/Still pushin’ weight and I ain’t talkin’ bout no bench press/5K a day just to get dressed.” “Still Dipset” is the latest single from Wasted Talent, Jim Jones’ upcoming album. Boasting the Yo Gotti-featuring video single “Chicken Fried Rice,” Wasted Talent arrives on April 13th. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Inspired by (and interspersed with quotes from) the 1993 Robert DeNiro intersectional crime drama A Bronx Tale, particularly the quote “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent,” Wasted Talent finds Jones reflecting on the life lessons learned during childhood and during his decades in the rap game. Bringing grit, emotion, and a modern spin to the classic sounds of New York, Wasted Talent finds the Harlem rapper reuniting with Diplomats cohorts Cam’
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Born and raised in Harlem, Jim Jones came to the rap forefront as a member of the Diplomats, the legendary rap crew headed by Cam’ron. As the most colorful personality in a very colorful crew, Jones quickly became a beloved cult figure, lending a raucous outro to the smash hit “I Really Mean It” and providing the hook to rap radio classic “Crunk Muzik.” In 2006, Jones broke out with “We Fly High,” a massive platinum hit that reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the Billboard Hot Rap Chart, and became the official anthem for the Super Bowl winning 2007 New York Giants. The Capo followed up the success of that Super Bowl hit with “Pop Champagne,” which reached the top 25 of the Hot 100, reached #3 on Rap and R&B radio and earned a Gold certification from the RIAA. Jim Jones parlayed his rap success into mogul status, founding the popular Vampire Life clothing brand in 2011, following it up with the VampBerry energy drink, and starring in several VH1 and BET shows like Love & Hip-Hop, Irv Gotti’s Tales, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, and Vow or Never. He currently stars in WeTV’s Marriage Bootcamp Family Edition.
Jim Jones Background
Jim Jones is a Hip Hop Icon, Television Star, Entrepreneur, and Entertainment Mogul under Roc Nation Management. He is known for successful hits such as “We Fly High” and “Pop Champagne” along with starring television roles on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, Vow or Never and currentlyMarriage Bootcamp Family Edition on WEtv. Jim recently starred in Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo’s anthology series TALES on BET. He is the owner of the Richmond Roughriders AFL football team and he founded wildly popular Vampire Life clothing brand in 2011, as well as the VampBerry beverage brand in 2014. Jones is one of the most notable music personalities whose contributions left a significant and innovative imprint in various aspects of entertainment. Jim has a significant social media following, with over 5 million followers on Twitter and Instagram combined, and is dedicated to various humanitarian efforts have displayed his affinity for giving back to the inner city youth community. His new album Wasted Talent is scheduled to be released on April 13th.
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