Self-determined, self-reliant, self-actualized and entrepreneurial, Jim Jones is quickly proving to the world that he will be a force in Hip Hop for years to come. With fortitude, ambition and drug dealer earned gangsta street smarts, over the past decade Jones has risen to international Hip Hop royalty. His new album, Summer Was Fun, brings his talents and experiences to the legion of fans awaiting his next move. Born Joseph Guillermo Jones in Harlem in 1976 to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father, renaissance man Jones is an indisputable Hip Hop force from the streets, to the music video set, to the mic, all the way to the boardroom.
As C.E.O. of Diplomat Records, the label he co-founded with childhood friend, famed rapper Camron, Jones created a world renowned Hip Hop movement. As the catalytic tour-de-force behind the Diplomats and the Dipset Crew, Jones was the brain man who got things and people to move, catapulting the group to its respectful place on the Hip Hop landscape. The Dipset Crew creates a buzz that quenches the thirst of hungry hood riders worldwide who abide by the No Snitching signs. On the streets from Harlem to Compton, down to the Dirty South to across the Atlantic to London, the names, Camron, Juelz Santana and the Diplomats have become synonymous with Damon Dash, Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records.
Not only a skilled rap manager but also an award-winning music video gangsta auteur, it was Jones who helmed such MTV and BET video favorites as The Diplomats Certified Gangsta and Crunk Muzik, Camrons Oh Boy, Hey Ma and Get Em Girl/Killa Cam, State Propertys When You Hear That, Remy Martins, Conceited as well as several videos for Juelz Santana.
Following his debut performance on Diplomatic Immunity, which was quickly certified Gold, Jones was ready to show the world his individual skills on center stage. Jones released his debut solo album, On My Way To Church in August of 2004, amplifying the Diplomat movement at lightening speed. With rugged collaborations and hardcore life confessions, the album debuted at ..18 on the Billboard Top 200 in August 2004. It sold over 200,000 copies, spawning two awesome singles in the shape of Certified Gangsta (feat. The Game and Camron) and Crunk Muzik (feat. Juelz Santana, Camron). Both video clips logged extensive time on MTV2 and B.E.T.
Next up in 2004 came Diplomatic Immunity 2, another Diplomat Records/KOCH Records thumping release. Blending jungle beats with hustling hooks, radical song titles like Wouldnt You Like To Be A Gangsta Too? snatched the curiosity of traditional Hip Hop and pop-rap fans, focusing their interest on the Dipset Crew and what it truly means to be a gangsta rapper.