in the Fastlife is out. How was it filming that?
real life. There wasn't any making of it. That was just real-life realness.
That was a chance for you to see Jim Jones in the real. Smell me?
was it for you to show people your life?
It was very
important because I have a lot of labels put on me. People think I'm thugging
and I'm a gangbanger. People think I'm a knucklehead and a troublemaker.
Some people say I'm overspoken. It just gives people a chance to see the
whole Jim Jones and not just the ignorant side that people want to portray.
It shows you my business side, my emotional side, it shows you how I'm
in tune with the kids and in tune with my ghetto and how I'm still in
the hood. It shows niggas scrapping. It's some real cool shit. I would
love to be able to watch all that shit about Big Daddy Kane and all those
niggas from back in the day when I was a pure fan of hip-hop and had no
idea how it would be in the game.
have a lot of obstacles to overcome when you started at Warner?
a lot of obstacles I had to overcome. People had to listen to me talk
to see how articulate I was and that I wasn't an ignorant nigga off the
street. I might not be knowledgeable of all the technical things but I'm
a fast learner.
have to balance certain parts of your personality at Warner?
I don't balance
nothing in my life. That's the way I'm living. They gave me that job at
Warner off of who I am and what I do. My artistry is always first. I wouldn't
change shit and I wouldn't compromise my integrity for a job. Ya dig?
I don't have to change shit. They gave me an opportunity. I never worked
for no one in my life. They gave me my own lane to ride in. It's always
good to learn something and now I play both sides of the fence. It's hard
to do that.
your day-to-day responsibilities at Warner?
I'm the Director
of A&R and I work for Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen. I'm just trying
to find the next big thing out there. I don't care what genre of music
it's coming from as long as it will generate platinum sales. Let's get
true that if an artist has over 200,000 in sales they move to Atlantic?
automatically. It all depends on the contract and if you do a certain
number of sales off an indie, they want to take you to a major so they
can take you that much further.
happy with how things have been going?
very happy. Shout out to Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen and all the executives
up there. It was a real good opportunity and I took it and there's no
better learning experience than this. I don't plan on being up there my
whole life but life is stages and who knows what my next step will be.
you looking to do next up at Warner?
I'm a Diplomat CEO. I'm an entrepreneur first. I'm looking to apply my
knowledge up there to something bigger. That's where the business comes
Cam's Killa Season have such little promotion?
a business move. Cam chose not to promote or do anything for the album
or shit like that.
a good move?
It's a good
move. We rep the fans and we've been doing it for a long time and sometimes
you can't compromise your integrity when it comes to business. It's a
George Michaels move. He took a leave and said, "Fuck them niggas."
We live by a certain code and that's why people love us. It's Dipset,
baby! We have our own rules in this shit.
happy with the sales?
You put it
like this: He did over 100,000 in sales with almost no promotion. That's
unheard of. People don't do 100,000 in sales with 10,000 spins and you
know who I'm talking about. We have a movement. We don't even have fans,
we have family.
fairly quiet when Cam was dissing Jay.
like I stayed quiet. I don't necessarily do battle raps and diss records.
That wasn't a promotional tool. My man had some shit to get off his chest
and that's what he did. It wasn't a promotional tool and he wasn't trying
to get sales off that. It is what it is. You know what it is. I back up
Cam a thousand-hundred-million percent. Smell me? I'll still slap the
shit out of a nigga. Figure it out. It's all good.
tell us the plans for Cam's next album?
I'm not liable
to say that.
you want to get Juelz off Def Jam?
is never personal. There's a difference. There's a big difference. Just
because I don't like you isn't going to change the contract. Shit is so
simple in this game.
JR Writer's album doing so far?
a good response. "Grill 'Em" is an incredible single. Niggas
can't fuck with JR Writer. I'm proud of the boy.
ready for Hell Rell?
hardest out! He's got some beautiful music. Hell Rell is what it is.
going on with the Byrdgang?
a dream of mine. Diplomats are the umbrella and Byrdgang is flying under
the umbrella so they can't get wet. We have the same plans for them as
the Diplomats. I plan on following the same blueprint as the Diplomats.
It's the same thing we just have more artists now. It's like the army,
navy and marines. We're going to kick all types of ass.
Cam were on Hot97 talking about a boxing match with Tru Life. Is that
going to happen?
didn't answer to that. That's some horseshit. That's not worth my time.
I've got too much money for that, ya dig?
criticized New York artists rocking southern beats. What's your response
We're not even going to talk about that. My interviews are worth too much
money. Know what I'm talking about?
your relationship with Dame Dash today?
good terms. Shout out to Dame! I was in his office and took like twenty
pairs of Pro-Keds.
you feel about Dame leaving hip-hop?
Dame is a
hustler. Hip-hop was just one of his stepping stones. He's in charge of
his destiny and that's my nigga right there, smell me?
do you want to get into?
I would love
to get into the movies. Wherever life takes me
I'm not going to be
doing these albums for much longer. I hope people listen to what's going
on and listen for the messages. I'm not a preacher but I do it for my
niggas coming up hopeless and I want people to understand at the end of
the day that after the balling, the money, the bitches and the fast cars,
we're still in a state of emergency in the hood. People still have to
sell crack to pay rent and they depend on the first and fifteenth of the
month. There's still welfare out there and food stamps. It's all wrapped
albums does Jim Jones have left?
one, I may have one or two left in me. I'm going to make them good. I'm
not going to say I'm leaving music and I'm retiring. You're always going
to hear me jumping on other niggas' shit.
your new album coming?
I'm proud of it. All my albums come together organically. You never know
what to expect. Now that it's closing it's all coming together and I couldn't
expect anything more.
this album show your growth as an MC?
I keep telling
people I'm not an MC. I'm from the ghetto and I understand what people
in the ghetto are going through. I can take what's going on in the ghetto
and bring it to the rest of the world. We're fucked up here and it's a
state of emergency
of people criticize Koch for not giving proper marketing and promotions
and for being a graveyard for rappers. What's your take on Koch?
I get more
money on Koch than 90% of the whole music industry, and that's a true
story. I do multi-million dollar deals at Koch for one album and that's
unheard of in this industry. Shout out to Alan Grunblatt.
next for Jim Jones?
the limit. I can't foresee the future but some of the things I would like
to do is acting, directing movies and cooling out with my son.
Freeky Zeeky doing?
to Freeky! He will be out for Thanksgiving. Let's get it! He's doing good.
His spirits are up and he's maintaining. It's a beautiful thing.
you want to say to everybody?
doing is much more than music. I hope people don't just take it for the
music. When we say it's a movement, it's a way of life. If you have any
aspirations for sports or entertainment or just for getting money, what
you have to do is you have to know life will repeat itself and opportunities
don't. You have to seize the moment and that's what we did and that's
why we're flying high right now. It's Dipset Byrdgang for life. If you're
in tune with the movement, ride with us. Ya dig? If you're not in tune,
fall back. This is a movement of gangsters and we refuse to compromise
our integrity for anybody. You fuckboys know what it is. You're not on
our level so watch it. Dipset, nigga!