Jim Jones is a hip-hop artist from the United States with a net worth of $400,000. Jones and Cam’ron are the co-founders and co-CEOs of Diplomat Records.
His group, the Diplomats, is a hip-hop collective that he helped form. Jones has directed music videos for Cam’ron, Remy Ma, and Juelz Santana under the moniker CAPO. Five studio albums have been issued by him, including three that have climbed to the top of the US charts. This is a list of the best rappers.
Jim Jones Early Life
Joseph Guillermo Jones II was born on July 15, 1976, in The Bronx, New York, and his birth name was Jim Jones. His mother, Nancy Jones, and his father, Joseph Guillermo Jones, had three children, and his maternal grandmother brought all of them up in Harlem. Jones is the brother of two sisters, whose names are Precious and Keisha.
He went to a Catholic school in the area, but he frequently skipped both school and church in order to hang out at the local train station instead. He was raised in the same neighborhood as fellow rapper Freekey Zekey.
Jones had a rough background, and at one point he was caught stealing from a store, which resulted in him being sent out of school at a relatively young age. When he first met Dame Dash, one of the eventual co-founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, he was only six years old. Dame Dash is a well-known figure in the hip-hop community.
Jones also became acquainted with Cameron Giles, better known by his stage as Cam’ron, when he was a young teenager. The two musicians would go on to have a big influence on one another’s careers as they progressed through the industry.
Jim Jones Career
He started out as a hype man for the rapper Cam’ron and was in the hip hop group The Diplomats. In 2003 and 2004, The Diplomats put out albums. Their first album, Diplomatic Immunity, was certified Gold and reached #1 on the U.S. R&B chart and #8 on the Billboard 200.
Jones’s first studio album as a solo artist, On My Way to Church, came out in 2004. “Harlem: Diary of a Summer” was his second album, which came out in 2005. At the same time, he got a job as an executive at Entertainment One Music.
A year later, he put out his third album, “Hustler’s P.O.M.E.” The single “We Fly High” from that album was his biggest hit. It was certified Platinum and went to #1 on the U.S. Rap chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2008, “Pop Champagne” was his second biggest hit.
He has made the Nostic and Vampire Life clothing lines. He has been in the movie State Property 2 and episodes of The Wire and Crash: The Series. He was on Love & Hip Hop, a reality show on VH1.
Jones has a group called Dipskate that does freestyle inline skating. In 2009, he won an Urban Music Award. Jones released the albums Harlem: Diary of a Summer in 2005, Hustler’s P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) in 2006, Harlem’s American Gangster in 2008, Pray IV Reign in 2009, and Capo in 2011, which was supported by the single “Perfect Day.”
Jones and DJ Webstar also put out an album together in 2009 called The Rooftop. He was in the TV show Chrissy & Mr. Jones with Chrissy Lampkin from 2012 to 2013. He started ByrdGang and ByrdGang Records. In 2008, he put out an album called M.O.B.: The Album, which got to #29 on the Billboard 200 chart. Jones released his sixth album, “El Capo,” in May 2019. Jones became a part owner of the Richmond Roughriders in December 2017.
Jim Jones Controversies
After calling Cam’ron and Jim Jones “bitches” in 2006, rapper Tru Life was challenged by Jones to a fight with a $50,000 bet. In response to the challenge, Tru Life robbed Jones of valuables and made fun of him on the mixtape “Tru York” in 2007. Jones was photo-shopped into a “Borat”-style thong for the record. Jones reacted by hacking the MySpace profile of Tru Life.
Jones also sparked a spat with Jay Z by criticizing Z’s leadership of Def Jam. In retaliation, Jay Z released “Brooklyn High,” a diss track over the beat of Jones’ well-known “We Fly High” song.
On December 22, 2008, Jones assaulted a Jay Z acquaintance inside the Louis Vuitton store in Manhattan. The next year, he entered a guilty plea to the assault counts.
Other disputes involve ASAP Mob, following a 2014 interview in which Jones referred to the Mob’s fashion as “not street.” “Although they are creative, they are not from the streets.
We’ve got real swag and are getting fly… High fashion and price don’t truly make something cool.” Azealia Banks and Jones also got into a social media fight in July 2012 after Banks criticized Jones for receiving more credit for coining the term “vamp.” She linked this to his “Vamp Life” mixtape series and label, as well as to his song of the same name. Banks made fun of Jones in the song “Succubi.”
Jim Jones Home Foreclosure
Jim and Chrissy paid $680,000 for a home in New Jersey in 2006, with a 6.875 percent interest rate. This resulted in a monthly mortgage payment of about $4,500. According to a lawsuit filed in 2017 by the National Bank Association, the couple stopped making payments in 2010 and their debt had grown to $1.24 million with interest. The bank eventually foreclosed and sold the mansion.
Jim Jones Personal Life
Jones is still seeing his longtime sweetheart Chrissy Lampkin as of this writing. In a “Love & Hip Hop” episode from 2014, he proposed to her. Despite being together for 16 years, they haven’t gotten married yet, and social media posts indicate that they have no plans to do so.