In this SOHH Exclusive Jim Jones reveals the details of his upcoming major label debut, Pray For Reign, and explains how Ludacris insisted on being a part of it.
This January, Jim Jones will drop his fourth studio album, Pray For Reign. It’ll be his first release since signing a solo deal with Columbia Records, but Jim isn’t fazed by the major label look. For him, this is just another chance to fill his pockets.
“It means another opportunity to make more money, keep it in my pocket, keep my family fed and keep the business running,” he told SOHH.
During an intimate listening session this week, the Dipset Capo previewed cuts from the album for members of the press. Pray For Reign features production by Chink Santana and Ron Browz as well as appearances by members of Jones’ Byrdgang family and a few special guests.
The lead single “Pop Champagne” which features Browz isn’t the only collabo that Jones has with a producer turned artist. He tapped, fellow Harlem representative Ryan Leslie to lend his vocals to the pre-requisite girl record, “Precious.”
“He’s a beast,” Jones said of Leslie. “I keep telling people he remind me of Prince. He’s a talented, talented individual. He’s got his own style to him.”
And then there’s Luda assisted, “How To Be A Boss,” which features the hook, “Money, cash, cars, h*es/ fast-life as usual, that’s all that we know.” Jones says his collabo with the Disturbing Tha Peace rapper was totally unexpected.
“Oh that was a funny one,” Jones told SOHH exclusively. “I’m in the studio recording a song and Luda happens to get off on the wrong floor inside of Quad [Studios]. He comes in like, ‘Yo whose beat is this?'”
Ludacris liked the track so much that he decided that he had to get on it right then and there. “How could you tell somebody who sold so many records what he can’t get on? So I just let him go in the booth and he went stupid in there,” Jones recalled. “That was historic in its own right. That was [a] gift.”
Other tracks on Pray For Reign show a more serious and reflective side of the Harlem rapper. On “Shawty” Jones urges a young aspiring hustler to get his education before he hits the streets and on “My My My” he remembers his fallen protégé, Stack Bundles.
“[He was] a very dear friend of mine, more like a brother from another mother,” said Jones. “More talented than most people that I’ve ever met in my life. Brilliant, handsome, charming, hustler, stood on his own two. He reminded me a lot of myself when I was coming up.”
As SOHH previously reported, Jim plans to precede his Columbia Records debut with a one-man play this November.
Pray For Reign, is scheduled to hit stores on January 20, 2009.