Jim Jones, Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Koch, 2006)
Jim Jones is Cam'ron's old weed carrier who always looks like he just woke up from being knocked out on heroin for two days in a row. He can't rap very well at all, but that hasn't stopped him from releasing three albums in as many years now. This new one features "We Fly High," which is easily his biggest hit yet and contains his new signature catchphrase, Baaaallllllllliiiiinnnn!!!!
If I'm not mistaken, this beat may consist primarily of the thrilling apex of Phil Collins and Philip Bailey's "Easy Lover." If so, that's just brilliant.
A good half of these tracks feature this guy Max B on this chorus. If you're not familiar with him, he kinda reminds me of Fiddy when he sings his own hooks, except his voice might be even worse.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
Fortunately, the production here is usually pretty good for what it is. Sounds like Dipset has finally more or less given up on sped up soul (and in some cases, Starship) sampling. About damn time.
Like a more Swizz Beatz take on the Wu's "Cream." Juelz Santana drops a few guest raps.
Single #2, produced by the dudes who did "Everyday I'm Hustlin'" and the Fat Joe song that sounds like "Everyday I'm Hustlin'."
PIN THE TAIL
The Dirt Angel shows his A&R expertise by putting the Cam'ron guest appearance over the album's worst beat. Maybe he thought they'd balance out.
GET IT POPPIN'
Here's something original: a rap song called "Get It Poppin'." It's a better "club record" than "Pin the Tail," but there's too much female weed carrier on it.
That "mean dark pair of shades" shit that plays before "We Fly High" kicks in.
WE FLY HIGH
Probably the song Jim Jones was born to make.
Like the skit from Ready to Die before "One More Chance" kicks in, but shorter.
LOVE OF MY LIFE
The Dirt Angel at his most romantic, which essentially involves trading expensive clothes for knob shines from his hoes.
VOICEMAIL SKIT 2
Like the first one, but somewhat less amusing.
A track about making it rain on these hoes featuring LIl' Wayne. Not unlike the one he did with Fat Joe, but less Scott Storch-y.
DON'T PUSH ME AWAY
I've heard this sample somewhere before. The chorus is by longtime Roc-A-Fella bag handler Rell.
Not a song about pouring wax on the Dirt Angel, thank god. In fact, I'm not sure what this has to do with pouring wax.
FREEKEY ZEKEY SKIT
Zekey leaves a phone message from jail about seeing some jig's head split "to the white meat."
DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME
Sadly, not a remake of the Simple Minds classic from arguably the best film evar.
This one's for all the jigs in the joint, some of whom contribute soundbites along the lines of, "I gave the system [x] years of my life." Gotdamn system.
A fruity sort of remake of some old 'Pac record. I forget which one.
The Dirt Angel at his most "conscious." Ben Chavis from the NAACP even drops a guest rap.
COMMENTS: It would be convenient to say that Jim Jones' rap game has improved over time and hence this is his best album yet, but that definitely isn't the case here. The Dirt Angel still can't rap for shit. That said, his adlib game has never been better, and this might be the most listenable Dipset album yet production-wise. For what it's worth, I'd rather listen to this than the new Jay album.
BEST TRACKS: "Bright Lights, Big City" "We Fly High" "Love of My Life"
BONUS VIDEO: Check out this clip for "We Fly High."