The Holidays are all about spending time with family and bringing cheer into those loved ones’ lives. No stranger to giving, Harlem kingpin Jim Jones has a lot to be thankful for this year. 2010 marked the historic return of The Diplomats or as Jim likes to call his “band of brothers.” With a new solo album titled, Capo, and a group album from his crew coming in the new year, the rapper let us in on his holiday plans, the story behind “Christmas In Harlem”, next Dipset album, New Year’s Eve with Weezy, and his upcoming TV shows.—Mikey Fresh
VIBE: What’s on your Christmas list this year?
Jim Jones: On my list? I don’t have a Christmas list this year. The only list I have is my son’s and my lady’s.
Did you finish all your shopping yet?
Nah, I haven’t. I’ll probably finish my shopping on Christmas Eve. I’m old school with it. [laughs]. It’s been like that forever. I’m just in love with the rush of it.
The rush from giving gifts?
Yea, it feels great to celebrate Christmas was all the success that I’ve been blessed with. I’m just enjoying being able to provide for my family and get them whatever they want. Everyday could be like Christmas for me if I really wanted, so I’m thankful for that.
Are you headed anywhere special for Christmas this year?
I’m not going anywhere. I’m just going to stay home with my son. But New Years Eve, we got a big show with Lil Wayne in Chicago. The whole Dipset will be there. It’s going to be a big, big shindig.
What was the worst Christmas present that you’ve ever received?
I got some of those wack ass army stick figures one year. Not the G.I. Joes but the little plastic ones with the platform at the bottom. I was so mad! They bought me a big bag of those army stick figures. I was sitting there pissed off as hell.
[Laughs] What about the best Christmas present?
I would have to say my first Lumberjack bomber jacket when they came out. That might have been like ’84. That was probably one of the best Christmases that I ever had as a kid. Presents filled the whole entire living room that year.
How did that happen?
My moms was a hustler when we were coming up. I guess those were some of her good years on the grind. She brought Christmas to the hood for us.
Speaking of Christmas in the hood, how did your collabo with Kanye, “Christmas In Harlem” materialize?
You know, Kanye reached out to Cam and just asked if we would like to be a part of the song. Why not? Why not, be a part of history. We just doing music, nobody needs to get their panties in a bunch. Ya heard?
I think people were just surprised because of the “Runaway” freestyle where Cam had some words for Ye. Was that song just a joke or something?
I don’t think anyone at Dipset jokes so much. But everything happens for a reason. God bless us for being grown enough and gentleman enough to let certain things go past.
Does the song really sound like Christmas in Harlem to you?
Yea, I feel that. It sounds a bit like Christmas time in Harlem, and it’s a dope record. If you listened to any of my Christmas records than you know what Harlem Christmas songs are for real. We dreaming of a white Christmas [laughs].