[video] Dave East – Welcome To My Neighborhood

My favorite new rapper Dave East show you his hood.

Dave East is the latest guest to appear on Karen Civil & Civil TV’s “Welcome To My Neighborhood” series. In the latest episode, Dave East takes us through his hometown of Harlem, NYC where he was born & raised. Talks spending time in Queens, working on his craft, signing to Nas’ Mass Appeal records & more.

Washington Rapper ‘Swag’ Accused of Running Massive Oxycotin Drug Ring

Note to all you bogus self proclaimed drug dealing rappers, this is what happens when you are a real drug dealer, you get tracked by the Feds you don’t get a record deal, you get arrested and charged.

Everett rapper Swag performs in Marysville in May 2009. He opened for multi-platinum artist Juvenile at the show, and credited his friendship with Juvenile for the rapper's appearance in Marysville. But police say informants told them Swag paid Juvenile $40,000 to perform.

 

via Heraldnet.com

Swag’s rap persona may be more than just an image. If the cops have it right, he is exactly what his music says he is — a hustler, a drug dealer, a gangster.

Swag, whose real name is Jevon Lawson, has been the target of a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in Snohomish County.

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TMZ: Juelz Santana Allegedly Threatens to Kill Wife, Arrested

Obviously not a good year for rappers and their wives.

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According to police, Juelz Santana, the rapper who’s collaborated with Chris Brown, Sean Kingston and Cam’ron, was arrested at his home in New Jersey — after his wife told cops he threatened to kill her!

Cops tell us they showed up at Santana’s Teaneck home around 10:30 this morning after his wife called 911.

According to law enforcement sources, Santana’s wife did not need medical assistance — but she told police the threat was made in front of a child.

The rapper was arrested on domestic charges and is still in police custody.

UPDATE: A rep for Santana tells TMZ the rapper is not married, the child present was not his son and his bail was set at $300.

Then there’s this: The rep adds, “He has problems with the people in his complex, they hate on him because he is a rapper with big cars.”

Story developing

[video] This Is Jim Jones Pt. 6 ( Jim Jones Speaks On His Break Up With Cam’Ron & Pushng Byrd Gang) “I Was Havin Problems With Cam Before I Went On Stage With 50”

The first ten times I heard this story it was of interest now its pretty much drawn out.  Prophet Jones says he foresaw the breakup in a vision and told Cam.  He also says he envisioned a reunion, which has yet to materialize.  Dame speaks on the parallels the breakup had to his split with Jay, which rendered him a sideline witness to the Death of the Diplomat Dynasty.

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Jim Jones Says He Hopes More Rappers Go Broadway

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via HipHopDX

Jim Jones [click to read] has taken his act to a stage, but not one we may have come to expect. Instead of a regular stage he normally performs on, he’s taken his act to the theater stage. He recently worked on Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones.

While many believed he went into this to pursue another avenue of expression, Jones admitted that it had nothing to do with artistry.

“I’m not one of the people who say I do things for the craft of it,” Jones said in an interview, according to Associated Press.

“Even though when I get on camera you think that (I’m) a crafty individual, but I’m all about the money and whatever it takes for me to get that money, I’m going to master that,” he said.

He also said he hopes other rappers can follow his lead into Broadway.

“I should hope I’ve created a new lane for rappers who are woody enough to complete a task like this to go into a whole other form of revenue,”he added.

The play was featured at New York’s 37 Arts Theater.

In related news, a free screening of This is Jim Jones, the documentary, will be shown this Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Saturday, April 18th

Sound Shop
816 Oak Street
Atlanta, Ga 30310
2:00 PM

[video] Cam Shoots Down Reunion, Juelz Confirms

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Alright, here is the (edited) video to the audio that many are describing as the proverbial ‘nail-in-the-coffin’ for the Harlem Diplomat Reunion. Cam, emphatically states that dreams of a reunion have been permanently shattered by Jim’s continuous bloopers, the latest being him denying that Killa had a phone conversation with him. Honestly, we all know Cam can stand on his own and build up any movement around himself but what will Jimmy and Juelz do? As fate would have it, their solo careers are some what stagnant and any attempts to recreate the flame that was once Dip Set has fallen on deaf ears, to say the least.  The MTV clip below is Juelz response, which still sounds a tad bit salty: Continue reading

Jim Jones Arrested in New Jersey, Twitters Incident

via SOHH

Joseph “Jim Jones” Guillermo was arrested Monday (April 6) morning on an outstanding warrant in Teaneck, New Jersey while driving through the area.jim-jones-300x300-2008-12-31

The incident reportedly took place around midnight.

Jones was driving his 2007 black Bentley when a Teaneck police officer noticed he was missing a front license plate, said police Capt.Keith Richter. After police stopped Jones around 12:10 a.m., they found the rapper had an outstanding warrant out of Paterson and arrested him. Richter confirmed Jones, who provided a Newark home address, paid $120 and was released. Paterson Police Lt. Donald Giaquinto said the warrant was for unpaid motor vehicle tickets. (North Jersey)

Jones also resorted to Twittering while the arrest was taking place.

“I decide to drive by myself let’s see how this plays out,” he wrote unmodified prior to the arrest. “Misses officer let me go the funny part was watching them have to count all the money in my pocket lol I must say they were very cool…And it was a punk ass warrant from 2005 for 120 dollars…Make sure you pay old tickets.” (Jim Jones’ Twitter) Continue reading

[video] Jim Jones “This Is Jim Jones” Documentary Preview

OK, time for some marketing suggestions.  Instead of putting out “Death of a Dynasty” or another Jim Jones album for that matter, Dame Dash should’ve regrouped and packaged the story that the whole world was interested in hearing and that is the demise and fall of one of the strongest camps in Hip Hop, Roc-a-Fella Records.  This doc looks compelling, I would pay some snaps to go see this.  All the elements are there; betrayal, jealousy and unprecedented arrogance (gotta love it!).  Jim Jones almost writes his own obituary by illustrating that he has become the Dame Dash to Cam’Ron’s Jay-Z, meaning that the magic, the chemistry that was Dip Set will never be the same once these dudes are seperated just like the Roc will never be the Roc without Jay & Dame as one unit (sorry ‘Ye).

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Exclusive Preview: “This Is Jim Jones”

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This Is Jim Jones official trailer

“What n*ggas can’t do is what I do with my eyes closed” – Jim Jones

Rap fans – if you think you know Joseph Guillermo “Jim” Jones, think again.

In his new, full-length documentary, This Is Jim Jones (directed by Carly Carol), the 33-year-old Harlemite gives fans a rare glimpse into his life of glaring extremes; an existence punctuated by its star’s perennial underdog status.

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The chronological order of the scenes is often muddled, but there are ten basic chapters:

Chapter 1 sheds light on Jim’s journey from boy to man. It includes childhood pics, memories from his mother Nancy (addicted to crack cocaine when Jim was young), tales of growing up with Dame Dash in East Harlem, his estranged father’s untimely death from HIV/AIDS, his legendary temper, and becoming affiliated with the Bloods as a teen.

As Dame earnestly tells us he “didn’t expect Jimmy to be the guy I passed the torch to”, we see Jim beginning to build serious relationships within the music industry. We’re then given a glimpse into his business acumen with mention of his ventures at KOCH, Asylum Records and Sony BMG; a closer look however at how he actually worked on and sealed these deals would have been appreciated.

Chapter 2 begins to shed light on Jim’s relationship with Cam’ron. When Jim says “his success was my success”, he means it. It also shows that while Cam was Dipset’s frontman for the most part, Jim was creeping on a come up in many ways, including pioneering the rock-inspired, skull and crossbones-infused fashion look. Jim and fellow Dipset member Juelz Santana discuss their new “splash” movement; when an interviewer asks Jim if he’s running out of it, he replies in genuine shock: “Am I running out of splash? How is that possible? I’m the wishing well!”

Chapter 3 delves into The Diplomats movement, exploring the relationship between Jim, Cam, Juelz and Freaky Zeakey. It focuses primarily on Cam’s original label deal with Sony and eventual move to Rocafella via his relationsip with Dame.

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[video] Cam’Ron Catches a Case of Amnesia during Interview

All of sudden the Dipset cuddling comes to an abrupt end. This interview is a break from previous ones where Cam states what it would take to get him and his former team back together. This time around he throws all them negroes under the bus by refusing to acknowledge that he even knows them, which is such a far stretch of the imagination but ignoring your beef is sometimes way worst than committing energy to it.

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Jim Jones Reprises Play On March 24th

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via Allhiphop

Harlem, New York rapper Jim Jones will launch a five-day run of his critically acclaimed play Hip Hop Monologues.

Jones will perform in five different showings, which will take place March 24-28th at the 37 Arts Theater in New York.

Hip Hop Monologues, which is produced by Damon Dash, Sony Entertainment and J Kyle’s Korner Ent., originally debuted in November 2008.

The play featured Jones performing songs from his latest album Pray IV Reign in the form or a scripted story.

Hip Hop Monologues is an autobiographical telling of Jones’ life, which centers around his family, fame, fortune and jealous rivals.

After advice from an elder, Jones is faced with the decision of pursuing his career or returning to life on the streets.

During the play, Jones will be backed by a live band conducted by Om’Mas Keith of SA-RA, as well as a number of professional actors.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (March 10). Prices start at $40.

Jim Jones To Pre-Release “Pray IV Reign” Tracks

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Smart marketing?

via HipHopDX

As many artists know all too well these days, leaked tracks and albums online have caused a disparaging decrease in sales. With that in mind, Dipset capo Jim Jones is looking to combat these cyber leaks with a method of his own.

Over the next month leading up to the release of his upcoming album, Pray IV Reign, Jones will be pre-releasing a handful of tracks exclusively on iTunes for purchase. His second single, “Na Na Nana Na Na,” [click to listen] has been up for download since yesterday, and “Precious” and “Frienemies” will be available March 3 and March 17 respectively.

Coined the “Countdown to ‘Pray IV Reign’,” iTunes will allow purchasing users to choose “Complete My Album” when the album is officially released, without charging for tracks already bought.

Pray IV Reign will be released in stores and online March 24 through Columbia Records.

[video] MissInfo.TV gets first Cam’ron Interview

How ironic that the same week 50 is ordering up a customized coffin for Rick Ross, Cam’ron jumps out of his casket, reincarnated. He started the week of strong with a video and social network platform that dropped out of thin air, Tuesday saw the release of the XXL cover that officially announced his return. Wednesday was his 33rd birthday, Thursday he did his first radio interview via Leo G’s Dipset Radio and here we have his first sitdown with Miss Info, which dropped today. Damn what a week!

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LMAO! Twitter Fight! Jim Jones Vs. Ne-Yo

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Even though the rumor mill’s been buzzing about the holiday scuffle between Jim Jones’ and Ne-Yo’s camps at the Louis Vuitton store in NYC, no one has any real details. Except Complex*, thanks to our access to Twitter feeds that no one else has seen. Think you’ve got the full story? You have no idea. Read on to see how the whole incident went down, in twitter form…

GoonieGooGoo ballin out at the lv storeGoonieGooGoo xmas in harlem!!!!!!

GoonieGooGoo @ ChinkSantana yo go grab that duffel and some lv parachute pants 4 me ima be over here doin pushups and not shaving

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GoonieGooGoo u really need 2 learn 2 type ni**aGoonieGooGoo

 

yo is that neyo

GoonieGooGoo this mr potato head lookin ass dude just grabbed the last duffel!!!

GoonieGooGoo @ NeyoSoul thats my bag ni**a

NeYoSoul @ GoonieGooGoo that aint yr hand on it tho is it

GoonieGooGoo @ NeYoSoul no thats your lotiony ass hand gimme dat bag Shaffer

GoonieGooGoo @ NeYoSoul i got 40 stacks in my jeans no homo

NeYoSoul @LittleTyTy lets go man i gotta go make a song that uses a disease or addiction metaphor to explain romantic entanglements

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ATL All-Star’s Young Jeezy, T.I. & Luda Join Forces for L.I. Concert

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via Hip Hop PR Wire

New York, NY, 12/17/08, (Hip Hop PR Wire) — On Saturday, December 27, 2008, three of Atlanta’s biggest names in hip-hop; T.I., LUDACRIS, and YOUNG JEEZY, will be hitting the stage in concert together for the first time at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island for THE HOLIDAY BASH ’08 CONCERT.

Adding to the all-star line-up, the concert will also feature New York ‘s own R&B identical-twin duo, NINA SKY as well as an opening performance by up-and-coming R&B/Pop singer, KRISTY SCOTT. Just added to the performance roster, JIM JONES of the Diplomats will also take center stage! Continue reading

[video] Dame Talks Future Moves

Damn, it hurts to see a man with such an inflated ego like Dame humbled by his own shortcomings. Everyone that arose out of Def Jam with a superhuman ego has been deflated to former images of themselves, from Dame, to Jay, to X, to Irv, to Ja and the list goes on and on.  It’s like Def Jam is a Buddhist conversion farm for some of these dudes, they all come in like Ari Gold from Entourage and leave on some Swami sh*t like Rick Rubin.  F*ckin’ hilarious, sad, but hilarious.

Jim Jones Say Obama Inspired Him to Clean His Lyrics Up

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Jim Jones is a Harlem rapper with lots of stubble and sleepy eyes. While he’s not a gangster rapper, he’s far from what you’d call a “conscious” rapper. In other words, he’s not the type of person you’d expect to see embedding himself in a sweeping societal change, but sometimes flowers grow up through the concrete. Jimmy recently co-wrote and starred in an off-off-off-Broadway play called Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones, in which he’s almost killed during an impromptu dice game. (I hate it when that happens.)

I recently interviewed Jimmy about the play while sitting on the lip of the stage, and toward the end of our talk, I asked him how he felt about Obama’s victory. Since Election Day, every conversation I have eventually turns to Barack Obama and our emotional reactions to this American epiphany. Jim confessed that the election inspired him to drop the word “nigga” from his vocabulary—where it was a nearly ubiquitous presence—and replace it with “Obama.” He gave me a few examples: “What up, my Obama?” “Yo, did you see them Obamas last night?” “Now that’s a real Obama.” Continue reading

[video] Jim Jones makes cameo on “Crash” ft. Dennis Hopper

Airs tonight on Starz @ 10 PM.

From the producers of the Academy Award®-winning Best Motion Picture, “Crash” is a provocative new 13-episode drama series premiering on Starz October 17th. Starring an ensemble cast led by film icon Dennis Hopper, the series looks at the way different lives intersect and collide in the melting pot of L.A.

The drama features a disparate group of Los Angelenos, including maverick record producer Ben Cendars (Dennis Hopper); impulsive cop Kenny Battaglia (Ross McCall); his actress-turned-police officer partner Bebe Arcel (Arlene Tur); frustrated Brentwood mom Christine Emory (Clare Carey); her pre-bust real-estate developer husband Peter Emory (D.B. Sweeney); former gang member-turned-EMT Eddie Choi (Brian Tee); Ben’s street-smart driver Anthony Adams (Jocko Sims); illegal Guatemalan immigrant Cesar Uman (Luis Chavez); and cocky, hot-tempered detective Axel Finet (Nick Tarabay).

Jim Jones Brings His Solo Act to Broadway

via SOHH
His cameo in the action thriller, Righteous Kill, was just the beginning of Jim Jones‘ new acting career. In this SOHH exclusive the rapper reveals his plans to star in a one-man play, talk about his upcoming appearance on the TV series, Crash and recall his recent run-ins with Brooke Shields and Dennis Hopper.

With his major label debut dropping on Columbia Records early next year and a documentary on his life in the works, Jim Jones has plans to use one more medium to tell his story. This November, the Harlem rapper will star in a one-man play, entitled Hip-Hop Monologues, in Manhattan’s theater district.

“We say it’s like a glorified listening session but it now has really turned into a musical, to a real live play,” Jones told SOHH. “It’s a one-man theatrical with characters to help me paint the picture, which is my life and things that I’ve been through.”

The performance, which will run on November 12th and 13th, features a live band and a select group of additional actors. Continue reading

Jim Jones on Max B: “I Own Him”

via Yo! Raps

Jim Jones has been talking really reckless lately. First, he claimed T.I.’s swagger was not worthy of being mentioned on the rapper’s “Swagger Like Us” featuring Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. Then, he really got in attack mode when he called out Nas saying that the iconic Queensbridge MC “was never on my level ever. Ever.” Now, the former Dipset affiliate has turned his attention to Max B, claiming that he “owns” him from “the crown of his head to the soles of his feet.”

 

“I own him…” Jones told Rhapsody when asked about Max B’s Youtube video, where he claimed to have had an altercation with Jim. “So, you tell me when his albums gonna come out. He sold his publishing to me for like 100 stacks, for whatever bail when he was cryin’ to me to get out of jail.”

“That’s my sneaker money,” Jones continued. “I own him… I’m the Don Dada. You gotta come speak to Daddy [in regards to Max B’s album release]. I’m Steinbrenner in the situation. Who’s your daddy? Dada? Padre? Me.”

At press time, Max B hat yet to comment on Jones’ comments.

Jim Jones Explains His “Swagger Like Us” Response

via Complex

Everyone seems to have an opinion on “Swagger Like Us,” T.I.’s recent all-star collabo with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West. Folks like Jermaine Dupri and Diddy have even recorded their own verses over the song in an attempt to assert their own “swag” status.

Now Jim Jones is taking it one step further. Last week, we were building with the Capo in his studio for some future shit (stay tuned) when he spilled the beans about his own response to the song, a rumor that Miss Info reported on yesterday. He’s currently recording a new joint named “Jackin’ Swagger From Us,” featuring additional verses from Juelz and Lil Wayne, along with a re-recorded hook from M.I.A. and a new beat by Chink Santana. Read on to preview an exclusive snippet of the track and see what Jones had to say about the four artists on the first “Swagger”…
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