Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976), better known by
his stage name Jim Jones, is an American rapper and original member
of The Diplomats, also known as Dipset. He is Co-CEO of Diplomat
Records. Jones is also a noted video director under the name
of CAPO, for artists including Cam'ron, Remy Ma and State Property.
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 February 22, 2011 Jones will release his 5th studio
Jim Jones is from the Tremont section of Bronx but raised in Harlem.
His father was of Puerto Rican descent, and died when Jim Jones was
still a young boy. His mother is of Aruban descent. 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
 Music career
Jones was in the background as Cam'rons' hypeman. Soon they would
form The Diplomats.
 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.
We Fly High"
This song was among the most popular of 2006.
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 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 is
also going to be featured on Ron Browz' Etherboy album as well. 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 is doing 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 February
22, 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 October 12,
the lead single " Blow Your Smoke" ft. Rell was released
on iTunes. On November 3, Jones released a mixtape entitled Capo
Life to celebrate the launch of his new website. "Perfect
Day" ft. Chink Santana and Logic, the 2nd single off Capo was
released on iTunes December 7, 2010. The directors cut music
video for "Blow Your Smoke" premiered on VEVO December
Jones confirmed Trey Songz, Raekwon and Snoop Dogg to be featured
on the album.
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According to an interview with Tru-Life in the June/July 2006 issue
of Complex Magazine, rumors had spread that Tru-Life was referring
to Jim Jones in his diss song "New New York". Jim Jones
reportedly began calling several rappers and telling them that he
had a DVD of Tru-Life dissing them. Tru-Life responded by calling
Dipset Bosses Cam'ron & Jim jones "bitches"
Jones responded by challenging Tru-Life to a brawl with US$50,000
at stake. Months later, Jones told an interviewer that Tru-Life
did not respond to the challenge, doesn't count in the rap industry,
and lacked the money and heart to accept Jones' challenge.
The argument continued into 2007, when Tru-Life released his DJ
J-Love hosted mixtape entitled Tru York with Dipset diss tracks and
whose cover superimposes an image of Jim Jones' face over a swimsuit-clad
Jones' dispute with Tru-Life may have stemmed from a dispute between
Cam'ron and Jay-Z, as Tru-Life was signed to Jay-Z's Roc-La-Familia
label at the time. Jim Jones has also dissed Jay-Z's performance
as president of Def Jam Recordings.
Jay-Z has since responded with a "diss" track called "Brooklyn
High" over the beat from Jones' "We Fly High".
On December 1, 2006, BET's Access Granted debuted the video for Jones' "We
Fly High" remix, with Diddy, Baby, T.I., Young Dro, and added
Juelz Santana's verse from his response on the "We Fly High
He recently got in to an altercation with a Jay-Z associate who
was with Ne-Yo, at the time and turned himself into the police shortly
after. However, it was recently reported that Jones did not get into
a altercation with Ne-Yo, but was instead a rumor intended to increase
Main article: Jim Jones discography
* 2004: On My Way to Church
* 2005: Harlem: Diary of a Summer
* 2006: Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)
* 2009: Pray IV Reign
* 2011: Capo
* 2003: Diplomatic Immunity (with The Diplomats)
* 2004: Diplomatic Immunity 2 (with The Diplomats)
* 2008: M.O.B.: The Album (with ByrdGang)
* 2009: The Rooftop (with DJ Webstar)
* 2011: Diplomatic Immunity 3 (with The Diplomats)
* 2006: A Dipset X-Mas
* 2008: A Tribute To Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps (with Skull Gang)
Year Title Role Notes
2005 State Property 2 Jimmy Jones Direct-to-video DVD
2005 A Day in the Fast Life himself Direct-to-video DVD
2006 Killa Season himself Direct-to-video DVD
2007 The Wire Man standing in front of store Cameo
2008 Righteous Kill Cameo
2009 This Is Jim Jones himself Documentary Direct-to-video DVD
2009 Red Apples Falling himself Feature Film
Jim Jones also appeared on Season 5, episode 8 of the critically
acclaimed TV drama The Wire on HBO. He is seen as one of Marlo Stanfield's
Urban Music Awards
* 2009, Best Collaboration ft. Ron Browz & Juelz Santana ‘Pop