NEWS: Jim Jones Monologues Triumph In NYC

For more than a decade, rappers trying their hand in the acting game has been a recurring theme in hip-hop. Never like this, though.

During a two night only performance that went down on November 12 and 13, Dipset capo Jim Jones took to the stage, not for a concert, but to star in his new musical. The show, entitled “Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Mind of Jim Jones,” took the audience on a journey through the Harlem rapper’s life by using music from his upcoming album, Pray IV Reign, as a guide.

37 Arts, where the show went down, was packed to the brim with all of the roughly 300 seats filled, forcing some, including Jimmy’s Dipset brethren Juelz Santana, to stand on the walls just to get their view. Other noteworthy onlookers included Freaky Zeeky, Ryan Leslie, Busta Rhymes, and Damon Dash, who also produced the show.

“It was either going to be great, or it was going to flop,” director J Kyle Manzay told XXLMag.com, referencing the fact that there were only three weeks of rehearsals. “And I was so glad that it was a success, because there was a very thin line between it being great and it being a total disaster. I’m really happy about that.”

The play briefly shows Jones as a youngster getting advice from his parents on how to make it in a dog-eat-dog world, but quickly shifts to his adult years. After getting into trouble with the law (again), the star is given a choice by the judge: either go to jail or complete a list of goodwill acts, including attending a Sex Addicts Anonymous class, speaking positively to children in a classroom setting, and respecting women.

The audience joins him as he undertakes these tasks while tying in performances of new tracks with a live band which, in any other setting, would have brought the crowd to their feet. Not on this night, though; the play was in a theater, after all.

In the end, Jimmy seems to learn his lesson, thanks in large part to the news that he has a kid on the way. Of course, he couldn’t totally change—not that we wanted him to—something best evidenced in his attempt to apologize for his rampant misogyny. After reading a heartfelt letter detailing his plans to get to know the unique beauty of women, Jones broke into “This is for My Bitches,” much to the crowd’s delight. Undoubtedly, it was during these comedic parts of the play where he seemed most comfortable and consequently was at his finest.

“I was having a lot, a lot of fun tonight, so that’s the difference from last night,” said Jones, reflecting on his performances. “Last night I was trying to make sure that I had all my stuff together, but on this night, everything flowed. Last night, I was very emotional—I was crying and things. Overall, I really had fun. I’m not used to this; this is new for me.”

After taking a brief leave of absence to pursue other endeavors, Dash has thrown his hat back in the music industry and taken Jones under his wing as his main focus. “I thought it went well,” said the entrepreneur and Roc-A-Fella records co-founder. “We wanted exactly this: to get as much exposure as possible, to execute a good product, and to build Jim as a brand. And to redefine the perception and attack hip-hop and sell records in a different way.” Mission accomplished. -Adam Fleischer

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    • joe p

      JIM JONES IS AN IDIOT .. hopefully hes a better actor than a rapper cause god knows hes is terrible at that … fuckin idiot

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      Look @ Jim Jones Pic above he look like he sayin, “to bathe or not to bathe, Fuck it thats an easy question I aint bathin!!!!”

  • te noh

    Yeah, Jimmy and Dame’s vanity project sounds like a total “triump.”

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      This Fake ass Piru Bitch. No real Piru Nigga I know in LA respect these New York Fucktards reppin they shit! I got into a scuffle w/ Jim Jones @ the “Certified Gangsta” video set. He was highsidin & that got me heated. he even ate red cupcakes to throw it in my face. I grabbed my .45 and said bitch whats happenin! He was shook and cried right there on the spot! He literally is the biggest bitch in harlem! I visited Harlem because of a School Janitors Convention and everybody there waid that Jimmy Jones can’t even fight. So I went to his apartment and he was talking in spanish and said Me No Englesh!! He was literally scare to confront me @ the door!!!!

      • Shit Stain Cleana

        Yeah, I remember the “Certified Gangsta” video. That shit was pretty sick man. I seen G-Unot Killa in the backround moppin’ the floor after Lil’E spilt some liquer. Shit man, you are the baddest crip on the planet. Janitors conventions? Is that what crips are doin’ these days? Cleanin’ toilets? Moppin’ floors? Your a fuckin’ clown! Quit writin’ on here because you look fuckin’ stupid.

      • joe p

        who is this G-UNOT KILLA ??? lol are you like border line retarded or something .. get a life

      • MyBigBalls

        You’se a damn lying ass nigga g-unot killa. Prolly a homo

  • http://xxlmag.com sammy m

    does g-unot killa have a job or does he sit and leave notes on here all day.

    i know its a bit like his style but i fucked his mum back in 88

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      Sammy from the bitch ass Jungles!!! Nigga I thought we finished you off during that drive by @ the 92 riots! I remember you screaming like a bitch and saying “Please Mr. Piru Killa don’t kill me I’d do anything for ya!” you squeled like a Ninja pig! I swear I’m on my way right after I get finished scraping the gum from the bottom of the gym seats! You are dead! let me punch my time card! then it fucking over!!!!

      • dustyboy

        Say G-UNOT KILLA is a lame!!! LOL!! Say dawg i fucks with u tho pussy!! U a funny dude!!! Janitors Convention? Say step ya game up loser!! U sad homie!!! Fake CRAB!!! LOL!! How do u find time with your busy schedule cleanin’ shitty toilets, moppin’ vomit, or harassing the minors to write these bullshit comments? U one multi-taskin’ ass muthafucka!!! LOL!!

        Awready!!!

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  • Jim jones

    g-unot killa is the biggest fraud since george w

  • dustyboy

    Say G-UNOT KILLA is a lame!!! LOL!! Say dawg i fucks with u tho pussy!! U a funny dude!!! Janitors Convention? Say step ya game up loser!! U sad homie!!! Fake CRAB!!! LOL!! How do u find time with your busy schedule cleanin’ shitty toilets, moppin’ vomit, or harassing the minors to write these bullshit comments? U one multi-taskin’ ass muthafucka!!! LOL!!

    Awready!!!

  • http://XXL CRIP KING

    Yo, nigga ass bitch G-UNOT KILLA….whats you be doin on this site here. I told you to keep your shit on the DL. You never listen this is why you are going to be demoted nigga. Shitttt son, your my G but you took this to far. anytime the F.B.I or po-po brigade is gonna come hollorin down my street looking for yo black ass. Then i have to have me a pig roast wit my boys. Now nigga, you best be steppin from this bloggin shit or i will send Mack and Scissors out to finish you with my gold gat that MLK gave me. Crip King, out, nigga!!!!

  • http://www.uptownempire.com Trouble

    Im glad to see Jim still doin his thing. I thought after the split with dipset, and loosing his only decent artists (Max-B and Stack Bundles) shit was a wrap for him.

    But I guess its tru what some old head said
    “You can knock the hustle” LOL

  • http://pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzo

    i don’t get it. reminds me of that show the vagina monologues.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Enzo: you’re on point. I was thinking the same thing.

    Jim Jones Monologues=Vagina Monologues

    Dirty, hairy, stinking-ass, puss-filled Vagina Monologues.

    Herpes ass nigga

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • KF UK

      and your a frontin ass honky.

      Dude stop talking like your black. Seriously. It Sickens me.

      It is ok and be white listening to Hip Hop you know.

      Fucking moron

  • Mika

    lol but it IS annoying. Be you man ….

  • G-UNOT KILLA

    i am a product of two african men with aids.i love sucking the blu cum off spider Coc’s cock.I have a blue thong with shit stains cuz my momma cant wash ….she was raped by me and my crip homo friends..forgive me lord..

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      Obviously an interet wanna be who is JELOUS of my Crip status!!! I am ranked #254 on the BMF totem pole!

  • A

    This dude is gay. Next he’ll be doing some shakespear rap or pull a memphis bleek move and do shampoo commercials talking about branding yourself. Nigga’s a do anything to get on.

  • MTKilla The King

    …LMAO!! @ G-UNOT KILLA

    This shit is fucking hilarious!

    “he even ate red cupcakes to throw it in my face”

    Where the fuck do you come up with this shit!…LOL!! and all ya’ll muthafuckas keep saying …”g-not killa you a wannabe , g-unot killa you a fake crip.,…COME THE FUCK ON!!! HE IS JOKING!!! IT’S COMMON SENSE THIS NIGGA IS DOIN’T THIS FOR COMEDY AND YOU IDIOTS ARE TAKING THIS TOO SERIOUS!! DEFENDING YOUR FAVORITE RAPPERS!..LOL!! G-UNOT KEEP IT UP NIGGA!! THIS IS THE ONLY REASON WHY I COME BACK TO THIS WACK ASS SIT!!!…LOL CAUSE OF THIS NIGGA!!! COMMENTS!

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  • Rudeboy

    G-Unot Killa is a funny dude. i cosign with MTKilla The King … dat nigga just make dem stories up to make some of us laff. i know i be rolling off some of da shit he be saying.. hahahaha.

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  • bucsormore

    nigga u on it han u a fake ass nigga dog first off if u was doing shit like that u wouldn’t be on blogs second how the fuc u just go to harlem and u just wind up finding where he stay 3rd how he a bitch when u got a 45 i guess thats where the trip to harlem come in u a young or old ignorant ass nigga u y we fucked now dumb ass nigga (in cali we dont play that) nigga havent u heard shit is going down in every state yall aint even in top 10 far as murders niggas aint hard any body can get it