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Mike Jones
The American Dream

mikejones.jpgTruth be told, if skills sold, Mike Jones would have the commercial success of Talib Kweli. More style than substance, the Houston advocate shot to stardom two years ago, while superior lyricists were left watching his videos on their idiot boxes. Haters may remain salty, but in reality, Jones’ success is quite deserved. What the Ice Age CEO lacks in lyrical wizardry he makes up for in an uncanny marketing sense and corporate grind. The wide-eyed entrepreneur crashed rap’s party by utilizing never-done-before tactics, broadcasting his personal telephone number and encouraging first-person interaction. This business acumen timed with the genesis of his hometown’s nationwide takeover, and Mike Jones became an unexpected heavyweight.

A rarity for rookies nowadays, Jones’ 2005 debut, Who Is Mike Jones? gave the upstart a platinum seller right out the gate. Powered by the monstrous anthems “Still Tippin’” and “Back Then,” the album contained chopped-and-screwed hooks and inventive, trunk-rattling production that placed Mr. Jones’ underdeveloped prose on the back burner, temporarily. The days of superlyrical MC domination are indefinitely paused, making subpar rappers with hitmaking flair excusable for some. But for Jones to gain all-around respect, evolution is crucial. Sadly, his even more accessible follow-up, The American Dream, shows about as much growth as an adolescent Bushwick Bill.

Mike Jones does, however, know how to pick beats. The instrumentals here are mostly top-shelf, with Salih, one-half of H-Town production duo Carnival Beats, stealing the show. On the off-kilter “Like What I Got,” his creeping, robotic track makes Jones’ egotistical flossing sound almost progressive. Salih’s left-field beat work continues on “Turning Headz,” where amped-up synthesizers aid MJ’s humorous wit (“They used to laugh at my belly, now they wanna rubbbb/On my belly every Sunday to get in my clubbbb”). Equally tight is the N.W.A-sampling “My 64,” a violin/808 marriage complete with potent verses from guests Snoop Dogg and Bun B.

Once the soundtrack falters, however, our host’s mic deficiencies become tougher to ignore. Take the wannabe-Jeezy record “I Don’t Play Around,” where TA’s faux DJ Toomp horn-and-string medley derails alongside Jones’ failed defiance (“They say I can’t rap, because I repeat shit, what the fuck?/Let me put ’em in they place, I make five million bucks”). Even worse is the laughable “Groupie,” which oozes unoriginality thanks to an overtly blunt chorus that, supposedly, appeals to girls “that will do me and not ask any questions.” Perhaps the clearest example of Jones’ immature execution is “Grandma II.” More uninspired remake than elevated sequel, the Mike Dean–tracked attempt at mirror music offers the exact same sentiments as its predecessor, only with less impact.

Opting to rehash rather than re-up, repeating of bars still runs rampant, but he wisely enlists the help of notable R&B divas Lil’ Mo (“I’m Sorry”) and LeToya Luckett (“Bonnie & Clyde”) to make the whole ordeal more digestable. On the latter, in fact, LeToya actually splits bars with Mike as the pair navigate their way through Mannie Fresh’s sound-bed of chopstick chords and flat snares.

Sophomore discs are always dangerous ground, even more so for those with questionable talent. The public will either foolishly fall for the gimmick once again or demand some sort of artistic development. Therein lies Jones’ dilemma. With his smoke-and-mirrors act barely cutting it this time, he better be careful before people wake up from this American dream asking, who was Mike Jones? —MATT BARONE
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  • RockCity

    figured that

  • http://XXLMAG.com YounGuttaAkaPaperBoy(LongliveDaking)BkaCuzzoDaKing,MW

    First U bitches and hoes…HAHA!

  • Pierzy

    Mike Jones is a garbage MC. If I were an MC and I spit my phone number in songs, people around me would slap the shit outta me and they’d be right.

  • TRST

    DIKE JOOOONES JOOOOOOOONES.

  • hatestupidppl

    >>>If I were an MC and I spit my phone number in songs, people around me would slap the shit outta me and they’d be right.

    slap you for what, being creative, perhaps sellings records, ingenius marketing tatics? sounds like you have some stupid ass people you hang around, who hate money.

  • CREEPA 101

    Yeah this nigga is GARBAGE ! I will never buy your shit or even borrow your shit or take it as gift ill burn your shit ..! you are a wackass nigga !!!

  • JE1NEK

    REAL TEXANS DONT FEEL DIKE JONES…
    WE STOP BUMPIN HIM ALONG TIME AGO..

    COP UGK…..

  • http://www.myspace.com/haloxxxv Juice

    Mr. jones had a hot beat but i don think i will cop the album

  • evasive

    yes its easy to notice he raps about the same shit every song

    doesn’t matter to me,
    i like the “who is mike jones”, never get tired of it, it’s entertainment seeing people hate on it. you niggas dont realize where it came from, you assume its a gimmick without knowing the true story behind it. listen to his track “grandma” he explains it, he even knows its wack repeating his name, he even wanted to change his name to something else, he does it in respect for his grandma who told him to do it, but she passed away so she never saw his success

    you gotta respect his hustle, his grind. he came out no where, people dissed him, doubted him, made whole mixtapes dissing him (ahem, chamillionaire) , yet he came out it and ended up going plat, still selling more than chamillionaire to this day. he doesn’t give a shit what ppl think, he’ll scream his name till the day he dies

    watch him go platinum again
    i for one, will be buying his album on may 8, 2007
    holla at ya boy

  • Dipset

    Fuckin Ninja Turtle!!!

  • SOME NIGGA

    GARABBBBAGEEEEE

  • mzweezybaby

    I garantee yall in every one of mike jones raps there will be something about candy paint, 6 4, or grillz.

  • Jmillz

    This mothafucka reapeats lines so his shit will rhyme. I can’t speak for the whole album but the first single was garbage. he was all on 106 talking about he’s comming back. That shit was whack I Said that shit was whack.

  • Jmillz

    This mothafucka reapeats lines so his shit will rhyme. I can’t speak for the whole album but the first single was garbage. he was all on 106 talking about he’s comming back. That shit was whack I Said that shit was whack.

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  • KC_DOUGHBOYZnDAhOoD

    Mike Jones is da bomb diggity, u feel all u muthafukin haterz can suk my dik.

  • facescar

    …so much hate…

  • http://www.myspace.com/bkler BkLeR

    Y’all some bunch ass of hataz, Jones is banging on y’all bitch ass.
    Je1nek siad that Texas only feel UGk, but the Bun & the Pimp are feeling Mike Jones, bitch!He is the artist who made more featuring on BunB and PimpC’s albums!
    Go and check out this freestyle “http://videos.onsmash.com/v/j3uxVnMBK7jhQn8h”
    And Then tell me who da shit?
    Mike Jones
    Who?
    Mike Jones
    Who?
    Mike Jones, H-Town Baby!!!

  • yadadafeelme?

    this fool can’t rap for shit, i don’t know how anyone can say he has great lyrical ability. he repeats a line (or more than one) in EVERY one of his songs, it’s so fucking irritating. he ain’t a good rapper. best from texas are chamillionaire and bun-b. and he looks like a fuckin’ ninja turtle.

  • GI JOE

    MAN HELL NAW!!
    IM FROM TEXAS AND I PUT THIS ON MY LIFE, I NEVER EVERRRR JAMMED MIKE JONES!!!!
    I USED TO WONDER IN 2002 WHY NIGGAS WERE SAYING “WHO? MIKE JOOOONES” I HEARD HIM FOR THE 1ST TIME WHEN HE JOINED SWISHAHOUSE….FROM THAT DAY…NEVER AGAIN.

    ITS WORST WHEN YOU RIDE WITH ONE OF YOUR POTNAS AND THEY MIGHT LIKE THIS MUTHAFUCKA, AND THEY POP IN HIS ALBUM….AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!! THE AGONY.

    “I’D RATHER BANG SCREW”
    DAMN, IT SHOULD BE S.U.C. ON TV SCREENS WITH DJ SCREW ON TOP AKA THE ORIGINATOR.
    FAT PAT…RIP
    LIL KEKE
    GATOR…RIP
    KK…DAMN K, LIFETIME SENTENCE.
    BIG HAWK…RIP
    C-NOTE
    GRACE
    BOTANY BOYS
    AL-D
    LOS
    BIG STEVE…RIP
    BIG POKEY
    BIG MOE
    YUNGSTAR…MAN “THOWED YUNG PLAYA” SHOULD’VE BEEN YOUR TICKET YUNG. I STILL JAM THAT.
    Z-RO…MAINSTREAM IS SCARED OF REAL STREET SHIT, ALL YOUR ALBUMS HARD.
    TRAE
    E.S.G.
    LIL 3RD

  • Holla

    LOL @ this garbage ass album – we all knew Dyke Jones was a gimmick. Time to retire.

  • http://xxlmag.com Big Chris

    This is one of the weakest rappers ever. I respect any nigga doin they thang but damn. He’s insulting real rap and the real niggas that spit. Nigga is straight garbage. It seem like the more simple a nigga is the more niggas love him. Im just waiting on The Carter 3, The Drought 3, Andre 3000 to drop some shit, and that new T.I.-t.i. vs. tip. Other then that hip hop dead. Dirty World 4 Life! The world dirty. the money dirty. the blunts dirty. The bitches dirty. Dirty World nigga. Dirty World Records!!

  • NIFTY

    Mike jones is oreyt but all he says is fukin “MIKE JONES”! am wi im above cant wait 4 tha carter 3! gunna be the best hip hop in 2007 apart from dre’s and 50′s!

  • Cuban Link

    Mike Jones sucks ass.(no Tha Carter III)

  • TucTown D

    All you haters in here make me sick. The niggas up in here hatin on mike jones is the same niggas talk about jim jones go harder then jay-z. mike jones will out sell some of your favorite rappers any day of the week.

  • Jmillz

    its not about record sales homie

  • GI JOE

    LMAO! THIS IS A DIKE JONES BASIC 16…IF IM LYING YOU DYING…

    i ride on 84′s, blowin dro, sippin 4′s
    ice age we in the doe….
    ice age we in the doe…
    who am i? mike joooones, who? mike jooones
    i said mike jooones, who? mike jones, mike jooones

    candy paint and im sippin drank
    im in the club finna sip a eight
    gotta million dollar chain. million rang, i got some mills in my bank

    diamonds all up in my grill
    diamonds all up in my grill
    candy cars, and superstars, grippin a woodgrain steering wheel

    281-330-8004 hit mike jones on the low
    281-330-8004 sike i lied that aint my phone no mo’
    i saiiid i changed my damn number hoe
    that aint my phone number no mo[**ad lid**jeeeah, mike jooooones, jooooones**]

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money

    dyke jones got crushed by chamilitary

  • traplif3

    boy has made our whole texas fam look bad when he first came out on mike watts chop em up 8 he was fresh wit magno the two together were good but once he went solo couldnt hold it down

  • NiCC

    Fuck all of y’all haters and lovers. The south’s garbage, some scary ass hoes.

    DPGC DUBS UP ! ! !

  • Joan

    Da brand new album of da ninja turtle , jajajaja. Dike jones

  • Dante

    Despite the poor reviews, this album will probably go on to sell big. People don’t need skill anymore to sell. All you gotta do is spit about material shit and thousands, if not millions, will by it. Have you ever listened to Mike Jones? He has garbage lyrics, repeats everything, and talks about the same exact things. I’ve heard him use the same comparison to describe his ice on more than one song. Bottom line is it’s not about skill no more, but about who has what and how they best tell us they got it.

  • QC

    dis nigga is lame

  • kaution86

    lol this shit got me laughin hard as hell mike jones is garbaggio pure shit,they should ban this nigga,him and d4l lol send em to the ihp-hop dugeon with vanilla ice and hammer.lmao

  • fishscale nigga

    mike jones
    who?

  • Maddi Is Gully

    Mr. Jones Sucked Ballz so this album gon flop hard. I’ll burn this I Think. I Only copped his first album coz of Still Tippin’ Which was a Bangin track. And Back Then Was Aite.
    But Yeah Fuck This Shitty Album!

  • http://blog.officialurbanunderground.com/hype/he-wants-to-exterminate-whites-but-yall-on-imus Shay

    It’ll go platinum easy, despite all the negative hype

  • DJ

    yo that was the harshes review ive ever read the guy like almost dissed mike he aint da best rapper ever but hes fun to listen too wen ur blasted and jc like i like his new song mr.jones

  • http://yahoo Rod Brooks

    This nigga is grade A GARBAGE he fuckin sucks , but muthafuckas be buying that bullshit

  • BIGNAT

    i know no one who owns his first album how that shit went plat. i got peoples in nyc,md,florida,cali,arizona,ohio,va,ok, and texas no one i know owns that fucking cd. i think it’s lies he went gold and at like 800,000 he bought the rest. his new single is not even catchy i think his new cd will go double cedar wood

  • shinobi

    yea yea yea. this is one album I definitely won’t be purchasing it’s already enough wack-ass music as it is why even bother and i don’t know who in the hell told mike jones he could spit i’ve farted better material. mike jones needs to wrap it up and soon.

  • Hottsauce

    I’m from Texas too and I have to agree that that dude should’ve never got a record deal. Str8 trash! This dude couldn’t make a hit if he was in a runaway train that veered off the track in rush hour traffic, in on-coming traffic, with a winchester rifle with permission from the mafia!

  • WC Repper

    Garbage Pt.II should be the title of his next cd. Even some Texas boys are on here talking mess about Mike Jones. If you don’t have local support then you have nothing. It’s time to hang up your grill Dikey!!!

  • verd shade

    its garbage jones …….. holla at ure boy

  • BOSA

    MIKE JONES FUCCIN SUCKS!!!
    repeat that twice you gibberish talkin muthafucca

  • texas

    man hold up mike jones go hard yall some haters
    especially him and flip team up and he is going plantinum and if you hatin on mike jones you hatin on texas bitch quit hatin

  • JABU

    HA HAHAHAHA!!!!!
    MIKE JONESSSSSSSSS!!!

  • http://xxl.com ronnie

    mike jones is a whore. ya’ll triping for giving that nigga half the credit he getting

  • baby jay everyday

    this nigga need to stop rapping he so weak my two year old nehpew can rap better then him we know who mike jones is is we just wonder when he gonna be gone

  • baby jay everyday

    this nigga need to stop rapping he so weak my two year old nehpew can rap better then him we know who mike jones is is we just wonder when he gonna be gone

  • explosive

    now he’s not the best but like some one already said he’s fun to listen too n thats good enough plus when everything is all said n done the only thing that matters is how much money you got in the end n yea you can say that he aint lyrical cause its true but you can’t say he don’t know how to make money and he’s dam good at it too n please stop hating the south

  • Spitter

    Man, dis nigga’s a joke. Shitty beats and busted lyrics. Ya’ll be forgetin bout him a year from now.

  • http://www.yahoo.com STEEL CITY

    MIKE JONES MIKE JONES MIKE JONES MIKE JONES MIKE JONES MIKE JONES MIKE JONES now yall aint got to buy the cd

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money

    ahhh fuck dyke jones lil puzzy azz

  • Moe

    He should of got a S he needs to put the mic down

  • TaZ

    y even bother commenting?

  • loc to tha brain

    Mike jones is the worst shit ive ever heard

  • J Millz

    Mike Jones needs to quit rap and get a day job. Just heard his new single “My 64″ and the mothafucka’s still repeatin’ bars just to rhyme. his verse sounds like all his other verses on other songs. I don’t see how anybody could feel this nigga.

  • http://Bronxrap.com Bronxrap.com Soldier

    “What the Ice Age CEO lacks in lyrical wizardry he makes up for in an uncanny marketing sense and corporate grind”??? That’s not hip-hop. If the nigga can’t rap he can’t rap case closed. We need to stop given these corny ass dudes excuses for no skills. I could care less what Mike Jones scored on his Business classes in college. This thing is hip-hop. Let us score accordingly

  • da man

    fuck it!! hip hop is dead!

  • Tracy

    Mike Jones needs a new gimmick or else he can kiss his career goodbye.

  • Mr I get money

    i like mike jones music he creative not to may rappers would be to creative enough to tell people call they number

  • Lathugz62

    I thought XXL would be a credible sight for rap reviews but it is appearant that they are not. This CD is not even worth an “M”, but they gave it an “L”. His rudementary lyrics, his repetitve lines, & the disproportianate failure in growth. from his debut album onto his sophmore almbum. Here’s some of his overwhelming lyrics

    Had a million in my bank before I solemn bought the deal
    Had a million in my bank before I solemn bought the deal

    If Im The Car, Imma Star/O.G By The Pound Wit A Brown A Bar/Got X And Weed Got Wat U Need/If U Got The Feed Holla At Ya Boi

    Yea that’s real fuccin subtle or what about this

    Well I’m cruisin down the street in my candy painted low/bouncin like a door, with 4 on my 6 4′s/I pull up wood grippin, doors tippin sittin low/ I’m hittin sixteen switches watch it stop and hit the floor

    Damn them reviewers must have been high giving this album an L, I admit the beats are tight, but that only represents about 20% of the album. His flow & charisma is missing, contetnt is wacc raps about the same old stupid shyt, (Bacc then theu didn’t like u now they do, My 6’4 candy paint, & about ur gramdmother) well lets give him a standing ovation he does kno how 2 rap about something else even tho he had a similar song on his first album……..O yea I heard Dr. Suess publications are trynta sue Mike Jones 4 stealing his rhymes………….Overall

    Produciton B+
    Lyrics F
    Originality F
    Content F
    Overall D-

  • MJ

    where did u hear his album LAThug? it hasnt leaked yet

  • D Ultim8 Scoobster

    OMG this man is HORRIBLE !!!!!!!! His best song ever was still tippin” that was becuse Slim Thug killed the first verse. He is nothing but a gimmick rapper !!!!!!!!!!

  • 07

    this dude is garbage.

    should be small rating.

    how do you get famous out of saying your own name and phone number?

  • itsme68

    mike jones last album was wack im not expecting much of this

  • Bryan

    Mann Mike Jones BKA Dyke Jones is the worst rapper to come outta H-Town.

    Chamillionaire shoulda kept on plekix with this fool.
    idk how his 1st album wuz so great cuz all his songs r wack.

    keeps repeatin his lines, he says his phone number way to much, and needs new material cuz im sick of him rappin about grippin grain, sippin syrup, and all that other shit.
    cuz he says it in every damn song

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