Byrd Gang leader Jim Jones recently spoke on his career as a Diplomat, the importance of online marketing and a joint deal with Harlem producer DJ Webstar.
The Harlem, New York-bred emcee also revealed some of the projects he currently has on deck.
“There’s no difference man, Diplomats, Jim Jones is all the same thing whether I was with a group or if I was solo, I’d still be here doing this,” Jones said in an interview. “Shout-outs to everyone in the Diplomats, Juelz [Santana], [Freekey] Zeeky and Cam[‘ron]. It’s been a long road, we put our work in to get to where we’re at today. I just did another deal with E1, a duet deal with me and Webstar…I got the documentary coming out, I did an independent movie, I got a lot of music on the airwaves right now…It’s just like any other hustle, it began to change, when crack came, they had to switch it up and learn how to hustle crack, ya dig? Internet is rockin’, you better get your hustle together and get your viral sh*t on and poppin’.” (Vimby)
Webstar joined forces with E1 (formerly Koch Records) last month.
DJ Webstar (“Dancin on Me”) has signed his deal with E1 Music/Splash/Skrilla. E1 Music is the new name for Koch Records. Splash is the label formed by Dame Dash and Jim Jones. Skrilla is Webstar’s first label. His deal comes off the height of the new record “Dancing On Me” which is a #1 smash in NYC. The video features Jim Jones, Dame Dash and DJ Webstar at the E1 offices in NYC. (Vlad TV)
Jones took over an executive position at E1 earlier this year.
“Koch gave me my start in the game,” Jones said in an interview. “They’ve seen what I’ve done as far as the succes with Diplomats and Byrd Gang…It’s an opportunity to work over there and help them create a new business format for Koch as far as how they sign artists and looking for new artists instead of what they known for as far as giving artists that have already been out there a chance, or a last chance as people would say. We’re gonna switch it up…In this game, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. Sometimes you can negotiate more than you deserve.” (iHipHop)
Jones previously spoke on his falling out with former associates Cam’ron and Max B on his song “Frienemies.”
“My best partner, grew up to be monsters,” Jones raps, “And what happened, the sneaky hatin’/ N*ggas in your ear and the plan deviated/ Snakes in the grass just waitin’ for the moment/ N*ggas on your team and they really your opponent…now I’m feeling for the guns every time that I hug him/ I hate him up close but from a distance I can love him…Someone got killed, conspiracy/ And even still, I bailed you outta jail/ Without me you’d be facing an appeal/ But who knew this, you’d be a Judist/ And in the process, flew you ’round the world/ Put diamonds on your neck like you was my lil’ girl.” (“Frienemies”)
Check out Jim Jones’ interview below: