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Jim Jones & Byrdgang
M.O.B.–The Album

As a founding member of Dipset, Jim Jones knows a thing or two about rap crews. Following the clique’s ascension up the hip-hop ranks, the Harlem rapper began to focus on a solo career and hit it big with his 2006 single “We Fly High.” Now fresh off a multimillion-dollar deal with Columbia Records, Jones uses his past experience and influence to introduce a new collective, Byrdgang, with their debut, M.O.B.—The Album.

Made up of Jones, NOE, Mel Matrix, Sandman, Freekey Zekey and producer/rapper Chink Santana, Byrdgang deliver a brand of music that doesn’t differ much from the Diplomats’ hustlin’ ethos—but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Jim sets the tone on the chest-thumpin’ “I’m the Man,” romanticizing street life with lines like, “Make no error/We gettin’ money like the Reagan era.” Newcomer NOE then steps up to articulate his own rise to power on the telling “Hustle” (“I became a G without plannin’/I became a god without God understandin’”).

Showing no signs of remorse, Jim and company remain unapologetic, flaunting their dirty cash on the feel-good “Money Right” and the baller’s anthem “Splash.” A posthumous verse from Stack Bundles on “Only 17” provides further insight into the crew’s paper-by-any-means attitude, as he spits, “We don’t get breaks like two 15s and an hour/We sell two for 15 and push powder.” But the frantically paced “Throwin’ Bg’s” finds the Byrdgang rhyming with no real purpose over a poorly laid drum track, while the R&B interlude “Freakin You” just seems out of place among the disc’s gangstafied track list.

Notwithstanding minor infractions, Jimmy’s clique manages to serve up an impressive debut. Although M.O.B. doesn’t deliver any hits that rival Capo’s, its consistent street vibe will keep the Byrdgang flag flying high.–Thomas Harden

  • http://sohh.com DYECRY

    THE WHOLE ALBUM IS BANGGING STR8 UP TIGHT PICK DAT SHIT UP.

  • JAY STONE

    Garbage

  • byrdgangiswhack

    there mixtapes are better than this album. once stacks left i was sceptical. once max left it was a wrap. this cd is whack jim dont know how to make album.

    • http://XXLMAG dunfiya

      YO BREDREN IM A DIE-HARD DIPSET FAN,I GOT M.O.B 1&2 MIXTAPES AND THEY WAAAAY HOTTER THAN THIS “STUDIO WATERED DOWN” SHITE…. CO-SIGN WIT YOU ON STACK BUNDLES,THATS THE MAIN REASON I BOUGHT IT,THEN TO FIND OUT MAX B WAS TAKEN OFF THE WHOLE PROJECT DUE TO THE BEEF

  • 239allday

    Cam’ron is Dipset. I’ve said before that these niggas just don’t work with out Killa Cam. We all remember those fuckin bangers they were puttin out consistently in 03′/04′ year. It’s like these niggas done lost they direction. The dips always seemed lik a close-knit crew. Jim Jones is a disloyal ass nigga, Cam fuckin made dude. He got a big head after We fly High.

  • DETROIT

    the dips are one of my favorite rap crews EVER. I’ve always been a fan of Jim Jones. BUT THAT BYRDGANG SHIT IS WAAAAAACK! I hope he does better next time. I think that it might have been better w/max b and stack bundles still in the group, because they were the two best members of byrdgang. The key word being “MIGHT”!

  • Danny

    I copped this and I gotta say it’s not bad at all, but I got to say…

    I miss Max and Stacks…

  • gbj

    XXL must be high & fucked up when start reviewing albums. The whole gang of weak wanna b’s are garbage. XXL stop dickridin’ & start telling the truth. Jim Jones is garbage, so his crew is gona b garbage. I don’t know what u were expecting. Get off there dick. they suck alot of ass.

  • Queens Boy

    i never really liked byrdgang that much i mean they aiight but my favorite dipset members were juelz(only on mixtapes) cam(only on come home with me) and jimmy(only on mixtapes lol) since the aforementioned sucks at crafting classic solo albums, i think this one is gonna be horrible as well

  • westcoast mexican

    xxl ya’ll are fuckin up, jim jones dick riders, jones is history

  • http://myspace.com/phantom916 phantom

    jim jones sounds like a retard on record. wack shit for life.
    myspace.com/phantom916

  • CL

    Who in the hell is still buying Jim Jones shit..let alone reviewing it..they r done like a Christmas Ham.

  • chad bro chill

    xxl keeps proving its run buy retards. jim jones is the worst rapper alive and ur gonna give him a 4/5 u fucks need to go back to school learn something about talent something u and jimmy have none of

    didnt u giv him a good review on his mixtape or album or sumthing before i think he must be paying u for appreciating his garbage

  • Kill the term “Mixtape”

    A “Mixtape” as they call it is a freaking C.D.

  • whats CraCCin

    6oo dipshits suxx yall ny ni66as give it up hip hop lives in da South what a joke this review was LMAO

  • whats CraCCin

    6oo dipshits suxx yall ny ni66as give it up hip hop lives in da South what a joke this review was LMAO

  • YG Hawk

    And how much did Jimmy pay you to write that BS review? Cam held that shit down and Jim better get Max to ghostwrite some more cuz Jim sucks without him. This corny click he put together is garbage. He know they garbage that’s why he put this album out on wack ass Koch cuz if he released this on his Columbia deal they would dropped him like a bad habit.

  • kj

    XL are u serious cant be

  • FLYTE DA FLY BOY

    Shout out to Killa Cam. No disrespect at all. lol

  • http://myspace.com/wildchildnyc Shanny

    OKAY. I KNOW U GUYS ARE GOING TO JUMP ALL OVER ME. BUT, I DON’T CARE. I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF JIM JONES. (HE’S A NICE DUDE MET HIM & CAM IN PERSON MAAAD TIMES! LOL) BOUGHT EVERY ALBUM HE AND HIS BYRD GANG DROPPED! (NEVER A BOOTLEG, MIND YOU.)BUT THIS ONE I’M NOT REALLY FEELING. THAT IS JUST IT, IT HAS SO SOUL OR FEELING. IT LOOKED LIKE HE WANTS TO STRIKE THE IRON WHILE IT’S HOT. HE CAN RAP ABOUT PANCAKES AND PEOPLE WILL BUY IT. I’M FROM NYC. I SEE JIM JONES CLONES BY THE THOUSANDS. THAT’S WHY HE DIDN’T GO AS HARD AS THE OTHER ALBUMS. HE PROBABLY FEELS HE DOESN’T HAVE TO BECAUSE HE KNOWS PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF AND YOU ALL WILL BUY IT ANYWAYS, VOTE FOR HIM ON 106…AND THAT’S WHACK! C’MON JIM, MAKE THAT FIRE WE ALL KNOW U HAVE!

  • treezy

    jim jones lol…fuckin ho azz motherfucker

  • BX POSTER CHILD

    ANY JIM JONES ALBUM IS AN L AT BEST. XL IS 2 HIGH 4 JONES. DA ALBUM DESERVES AN M

  • Rex Banner

    I probably would have gave it a listen if jimmy wasnt such a faggot toward Killa Cam

  • http://xxlmag.com MiSTER G

    Cam´ is Dep Set dont forget tha shit coz., jim
    IS jUST fresa u know….

  • true hiphop head

    xxl yall are buggin! i mess wit jimmy1 ist album that real, second album almost classic!!! 3rd pretty hott but changing, 1st m.o.b.hottt!! but this joint, man it really aint that hot! for real. but i understand max gone, stacks gone!!! nobody really checked for mel murder, he cool. but thats why! whole different crew! so jimmy if you reading go get back wit ur BROTHER! KILLA!! we all no he a beast if he get off that i just do this cause im nice nonsense (he is though!) and make that powerful music that had us real niggas that really going through it fucking wit yall!!! DIPSETTTT!!!!!!! and the nigga noe i be listening u really aint that nice, dont really say shit! close to the voice and flow but NEVER the ONE!!!

  • Tony Grand$

    Come on guys. Jim jones is the all time greatest mc in existence! Byrdgang deserves XXXL! Oh shit, pardon me, I’m dyslexic. I meant, does that nigga still rap?? If we’ve learnd n e thng ova the last couple yrs, its that the whole “gang” thing is burnt homie. And niggas need to stop usin “lil” as well. Its faded like a tight taper. Where I’m 4rom (323 get $), u calling a cat a “lil” nigga is disrespectful. Nigga, my son is “lil” tony. Face it mr. jones, either holla @ killa (yall need each other, ask around) or get ready to face some disappointment in this here rap game. Much love, but tough love, and it seems the ride is about over. Thanks for the change in hiphop uniform though. Maybe u should be a model or sumn. Rap really don’t need ya no more. Good run tho kido. Good luck on future endeavors.
    Truly yours,
    ERYBODY WIT EARS…

  • http://nellsatl.blogspot.com k-nell

    WHY IS JAY ON ALL THE SONGS?

    thats what i was thinkin then i realized the got a cat that sounds just like the big homie…. its kind of crazy!”if you made me once make another me”

  • http://www.vectorpedia.com Vectorpedia

    Jim Jones ROCKS………love the music

  • Maddolies

    Further Proof Jimmy Aint Shit Without Cam.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Thomas Harden = Jim Jones’s weed carrier

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    “Jim Jones & GangBang P.O.V” hahaha!!!

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    “Although M.O.B. doesn’t deliver any hits that rival Capo’s, its consistent street vibe will keep the Byrdgang flag flying high.”
    –Thomas Harden

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Nah!!!

  • shawn t

    “Maddolies says:

    Further Proof Jimmy Aint Shit Without Cam.”

    id love to see him and cam together. but truth be told, he is nothing without max b writing his rhymes and hooks

  • styles11

    yes im i co sign errbody on this post jim and juelz do not sound any good without cam man i was into dipset like a bitch when hel rell cam and juelz were together i never liked jim he just sounded a bit better than he does now max b and stacks also helped no he sounds like hes gagging on a dick he probably is this was an m xxl get your shit straight