Jim Jones Discusses Life, Cam and Jay-Z in ‘This is Jim Jones’ Documentary [Exclusive Coverage]
New York, NY – Diplomats. Casualties of War. Purification. Each of these political terms strikes a chord with Jim Jones, one of hip hop’s heaviest hitters, and are three of ten chapters in the Capo’s new documentary, This is Jim Jones.
DJBooth.net was in attendance at a Wednesday afternoon screening of the film, which is produced by Damon Dash. This Is Jim Jones features firsthand accounts of Jones' rise to success by Russell Simmons, Angie Martinez and Funkmaster Flex, as well as never-before-seen footage of Jones working with the likes of Rick Rubin and his Dipset and Byrdgang counterparts.
In a chapter called “Frenemies,” Jones and Dash reach a general consensus that Cam’ron has been M.I.A by his own free will. Dash states that, while Killa is presently pursuing his own endeavors, there are no hard feelings and he is always welcome back. While Jones’ feelings are similar, he also recalls predicting a separation followed by reunification—a prophecy he had previously discussed with Cam himself.
“I told him it was part of the plan for a separation,” Jones said about his longtime comrade and collaborator. “Also part of the plan is to get back. I’m just waiting for the get back.”
In a chapter titled “Byrd Food,” the documentary explores the controversy surrounding Jay-Z and Roc-a-Fella's relationship with the Capo. He opens the chapter by addressing the issue as expected, given last year’s “Ballin’” debates:
“Jay is a bird…you bird food. I’m pickin’ on you. And you dress terrible.”
The film even goes back to Jones' early days as Cam’ron’s sidekick who, according to Funkmaster Flex, rhymed off-key at first; in the years since, of course, he's conquered rap and gone on to explore corporate opportunities, as well as acting roles. To quote the Capo himself, “Denzel and Will Smith are getting old.”
After chronicling Jones' growth into a business-savvy hip-hop giant, the film ends on an introspective note. In Chapter 10, “Purification,” he reveals that his father succumbed to the AIDS virus, and details his efforts to spread awareness about the disease.
Written by Erica L. on 03/20/09
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