Jim Jonsin Talks What's Missing In Music, Producing For Usher, Wanting To Work w/ Britney Spears And Jay-Z

Grammy award winning producer Jim Jonsin needs little introduction. His music is heard anytime a DJ rocks a party, friends gather for a good time or nightclub gets rocking. With chart toppers from Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Usher and more under his belt, the Florida native’s resume speaks for itself. VIBE caught up with the beat making mastermind to discuss what he feels is missing in producers today,  his upcoming projects and who he wants to work with the most. ---Anthony Reynolds



Upcoming Producers:

JJ: Well right now there’s so many artists coming out through the internet, who are developing their own sound and producing their own songs. They’re using Pro Tools and what not. But I think, not to take anything from them, but musicianship in most of the music that’s coming now is lacking. So something that producers in this day and age should do is start developing artists that are musicians, that play guitars and keyboards and whatever else. We have a responsibility to help change music to being better than it is. Music needs to be great again. So I think to be a good producer right now, its going to take something special. You’re gonna have to be able to put together a group of people like the traditional producers did, like a Quincy Jones or a Rick Rubin. Those guys taught really taught and bred talent.

Working with Yelawolf and Eminem:

I worked a bunch with Yelawolf but I haven’t worked enough with Eminem to tell you what direction it’s going be. I know Yelawolf loves the stuff that I do, some classic rock, blended with hip-hop. And he likes some of that southern hip-hop. So its gonna be a blend of that. Putting Eminem in the mix, I don’t even know where he’s going to want to go, so that’s going to be interesting.

Forthcoming Projects:

Definitely Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf and BOB. But I’m working with a new artist named Leroy from Spain, that we just signed to Rebel Rock. We’re going to get down on Justin Bieber’s new album, and we’ll be getting our first chance to get on Usher’s album. I’m supposed to play a big part in that, Rico was saying that Usher wanted us to help with the majority of the album, which I hope is true.

I want to work with Britney Spears. I haven’t worked with her. I want to try and do something with Britney, that’s something different. Also, I want to work with Jeezy. Him and I have had ideas but we never really got into work, and I definitely want to work with Jay-Z, that would be a dream come true. Jay-Z is one of my favorite artists so that would be huge. I've worked with B, I haven’t worked with him. Its like ‘come on man! Lets get it going.’


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J. Prince Gets YBN Almighty Jay’s Stolen Rap-A-Lot-Records Chain Back

YBN Almighty Jay can thank J. Prince for stepping in to get his stolen chain back. The Rap-A-Lot Records boss secured the return of the jewelry days after his teenage protégé was beaten and robbed in New York City.

French Montana, and rapper Hocus 45th, met with Prince in Los Angeles on Monday (March 18) night to return the chain, and accompanying pendant. French played middleman to get J. Prince and Hocus 45th in the same room, TMZ reports.

J Prince shared a photo from the meeting on Instagram. “Real recognizes real in every hood and has a way of connecting in spite of clowns and squares,” he captioned the post. “The homies from the Bronx, KT, @hocus45th and @frenchmontana kept it real with me and my son @jprincejr.”

The Houston native added that French and Hocus are officially welcomed into his #MobTies movement, and that he looks forward to “doing business in the future together.”

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Real recognizes real in every hood and has a way of connecting in spite of clowns and squares. - - The homies from the Bronx, KT, @hocus45th and @frenchmontana kept it real with me and my son @jprincejr - - Tho it was never about the chain, it was about the name that was built off of blood sweat and tears. - - I welcome these brothers to our #MobTies movement and look forward to us doing business in the future together. - - There’s power in numbers and when strong brothers from the streets align themselves with one another, suckas tremble. So I can only imagine how some of you are feeling right now! - - I’ve invited these homies to #htown for @jprincejr birthday celebration March 28-31, 2019 and I look forward to coming to the Bronx soon. - - The big picture here is the same as I stated in my first post, to not allow moment thinkers to muddy the waters over the movement. - - To @ybnalmightyjay I’ll be returning your jewelry soon Lil homie. - - To be continued... #TheArtAndScienceOfRespect

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8-Year-Old Nigerian Chess Champion's Big Win Helps His Family Out Of Homelessness

An 8-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy is helping his family out of homelessness. Tanitoluwa “ Tani” Adewumi, won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship last week, beating out more than 70 of the state’s top young chess players, all while living in a homeless shelter.

Tani, who was recently profiled in the New York Times, and his family fled Nigeria in 2017, reportedly out of fear of being targeted by Boko Haram. The family applied for asylum, and have since been living in a New York shelter.

The third grader learned to play chess a year ago at his elementary school, P.S. 116. Tani’s coach, Russell Makofsky marveled at his ability to learn chess so quickly. "His intellect, his aptitude, his capacity to learn chess is off the charts,” Makofsky said. “From not playing to beating the best of the best in one year is unheard of, all while living in a homeless shelter.”

Tani has been getting a lot of attention for his big win. A GoFundMe page launched on March 15 with a goal of raising $50,000 to help Tani’s family “secure a home where he can continue his journey,” has raised more than $182,000. An attorney has also agreed to work on the family’s asylum case for free, CBS News reports.

The family now plans to move into an apartment, and posted an update on the GoFundMe page Tuesday (March 19) sharing their gratitude for the donations, Tani’s chess coach, and the media for publicizing the story. “Our big shout out to the whole WORLD for all your support financially, morally, spiritually and many more can't [be] mentioned. You are all awesome. God bless you all.”

According to the post, proceeds from the crowdfunding effort will be donated to a new foundation that the family will be starting in Tani's name.

See more on his story below.

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Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne To Perform At Lollapalooza 2019

Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne, Team Imapala, Slash, and J. Balvin are among the artists who will be taking the stage for Lollapalooza 2019, festival organizers revealed Tuesday (March 19).

Lolla's partial performance list was unveiled in a nearly 14:00-minute interactive video featuring dogs up for adoption at PAWS Chicago. The pups move around in a makeshift playpen filled with plastic balls that reveal the images of the acts billed to perform at this year’s festival. The list also includes, Lil Baby and his “Close Friends” collaborator, Gunna, along with Lil Skies, French artist Madeon, Spanish singer ROSALÍA, electronic act Yaeji, and Australian dance group Rufus Du Sol.

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago’s Grant Park Aug. 1-4. It’s unclear when the full list of performers will be announced. As for tickets, 4-day general admission passes are on sale for $360 a pop, while VIP tickets will run music fans $2,200. One-day general admission passes haven't gone on sale yet but will cost $130 each, and a single-day VIP ticket comes with a $650 price tag.

Click here for ticketing info. Watch video of the lineup unveil below.

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