“Without Me” is a somber introduction, with a minor-key flavor punctuated by low-end bass courtesy of Zaytoven. The title track, aided by 2 Chainz, is your standard Gucci Mane fare, as is “Trap Boomin,” which gets the assist from Rick Ross. “Cyeah Cyeah” is easily one of the most interesting productions on the entire record, with Polow Da Don’s time spent with Timbaland on full display. An evolving beat with very full percussion and an eastern flavor lay the groundwork for Gucci, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown—who continues to make a bid to be taken seriously as an emcee—to work over.
Jim Jones has announced plans to be an instructor for an eight week course in a New York City High School later this year. According to Jones, he will be overseeing a group of students, and instructing a music class in the near future.
“Yeah, should I make them call me Mr. Jones? I’ll be teaching for eight weeks, I’ll be teaching a real curriculum, right now they’re actually going back and forth with the Board of Education to see what goes on and sh*t. I fully don’t know the whole logistics of everything — it’s definitely going to be fun…I’ma have to go home the weekend before and write out my lessons — this will be the funniest class you can go to and sh*t but you gonna learn a lot. We all went to school, n*ggas didn’t like homework, but we knew every single song that was out. Word for word, ad libs, all that…I think they’ll get this common sense. Music 101 I guess [is the course title.] I’ve done music business since I was a teenager, I had major executive positions, I’ve been successful as an artist and successful as a label, we’ve been successful as a movement.” Jim said in an interview with RapRadar.
Jones has left Columbia Records and will release his next album on E1 Music, formerly known as Koch Records. In addition, the Dipset rapper will drop a mixtape via E1 Music and he was appointed the Vice President of Urban A&R. Jim has a long history with E1 Music, and he continues to build his resume with the company.
“The A&R gig is really good,” Jones stated. “We’ve got a lot going on over there. I’ve got a new artist called Dorrough. His songs are doing pretty good across the country. Webstar did a duet album with me that’s got Dancing On Me. D-Block just dropped an album. Shout out to DJ Khaled too. They’ve got a strong roster. They recognize all the money I’ve made them and all of the moves I’ve made throughout the years over the course of our relationship. They understand the way I have to work. Freedom is definitely a must for me to get the best quality of product that’s usually a hit…I’m starting to prepare to record the next album. I’m finishing up the Webstar album Roof Top right now. I will be putting out my next LP hopefully around Christmas time.”
Furthermore the Harlem rapper talks about hustling and grinding in the Hip-Hop game to achieve your goals that is missing in the current urban music industry.
“This is hustling music. I just remember the days when n*ggas used to love to hustle. What we did as Diplomats, as a whole, me, Cam, Juelz, Freekey, we’re one of the last of the Mohicans for Harlem, upholding that thing,” Jones made clear.
“We bring a lot to the table as far as the fame and the history as of recent and in the last decade. That’s ‘Us’ up there, holla at us. We got equal share to that, we feel like we harder when it comes to the streets, you don’t see too much of us often. So get a good look at us like I’ve been saying. [laughs] Life is a hustle to me, I’m a hustler, man. Hustle is just about getting money man. It doesn’t matter what it is that you’re hustling. I’m going for mines. Right now I’ve been doing music. I’ve been doing entertainment.”
While fans wait for Jim Jones to drop an album, the 34-year-old rapper has gotten his battery charges dropped.
The news was made public Friday when prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence against Jones to convict him of assaulting a local teenager in Panama City last year.
According to wjhg.com, Jim Jones and his crew were in the Boardwalk Beach Resort parking lot during a Spring Break concert on March 12. Jones’s clique was caught on camera, roughing up Damion Johns, before Jones is shown breaking up the ruckus.
Initially, Panama City Police handled the reports then handed their info over to the State Attorneys Office.
In April, Jones pleaded not guilty to the charges and less than a year later, the rest of the world can believe him.
San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman has been accused of choking and physically restraining reality TV star Tila Tequila during a dispute this morning (September 6).
Tila Tequila, born Tila Nguyun, called 911 around 3:45 this morning, to report an incident of domestic violence against Merriman.
Nguyun was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.
Merriman was arrested for battery and false imprisonment and was given a bail of $58,000.
Tila Tequila is represented noted attorney Scott Leemon Esq., who has worked with a number of rappers, including Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones and Tony Yayo.
“Due to the serious nature of this matter, and out of respect for all domestic violence victims and defendants, Ms. Nguyen and her representatives will not be publically addressing the facts and circumstances of this incident,” Leemon told AllHipHop.com. “The police and the district attorney’s office have a job to do and we do not want to interfere in any way that with that important function.”
Shawne Merriman and his relationship with Tila Tequila was the subject of gossip last month, when Hip-Hop model Gloria Velez discussed her relationship with Merriman on Angela Yee’s Lip Service radio show.
Velez, who dated Merriman for four years, attacked Tila Tequila, calling her a “4’11 midget” and a “MySpace hoe.”
The two women have also have also engaged in a war of words via Twitter.
Just today, Velez had unflattering words for both Tila Tequila and Merriman.
“Looks like Shawn Merriman had a roid attack, he probably thought Tila was a Alien trying to get him and blacked out (lol),” Velez tweeted today (September 6).
In addition to being one of the most popular Internet models, Tila Tequila was the subject of her own reality show, A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila, which lasted two seasons.
At press time, Merriman could not be reached for comment.
Armed with a renewed focus and an all-star list of collaborator, West Coast rap star/actor Mack 10 plans to wrap up the summer in grand fashion with his forthcoming album Soft White.
The release is the follow-up to the Inglewood, Ca. native’s previous offering, 2005’s Hustla’s Handbook, which included the Nate Dogg-assisted single “Like That.”
For Soft White, Mack 10 admitted to having “fun” while working on the project as he explained the meaning behind the album’s name.
“I went with that title because this album right here is just raw and uncut, it’s just me,” Mack 10 stated. “We had fun on this one and I had to bring them all out, I’ve been smiling all year.”
Among those on hand to craft Soft White are music producer Jazze Pha and R&B crooners Anthony Hamilton, J. Holiday and Akon.
Rappers Jim Jones, Birdman and Glasses Malone have also been recruited for the album as well as Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, who both appear on Soft White’s first single, “So Sharp.”
The release of the album is the latest chapter in the music career of Mack10, who has sold nearly 3 million albums.
The rap veteran first emerged on the scene in 1995 with his self-titled debut album, which charted at number 2 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The following year, Mack 10 aligned with fellow West Coast rap artists Ice Cube and WC to form Westside Connection.
The trio released their critically acclaimed platinum debut, Bow Down, in 1996.
Following Bow Down’s release, Mack 10 remained a fixture on the rap scene with a string of albums like Based on a True Story, The Recipe, The Paper Route and his 2003 Cash Money Records release Ghetto, Gutter & Gangster.
Mack 10’s Soft White is slated to hit stores on August 25. A video for “So Sharp” will be released in the coming weeks.