Jim Jones sits down with XXL to talk about the G-Unit reunion, his thoughts on A$AP Mob's style, and Dipset's legacy.
XXL just published a lengthy interview with Dipset Capo Jim Jones, and in it, he gives his strong opinions on a number of issues. Most notably, Jones addresses his crew's former beef with G-Unit, the Dipset comparisons A$AP Mob frequently gets, and The Diplomats' ongoing legacy. Check out the full thing here, and read excerpts below.
When asked if there's any "tension" following G-Unit's comeback, Jones said, "Ainât no tensions. Nah, itâs a good time to jump back in the game. They got a lot of momentum. There are a lot of things that occurred in these past few weeks that kinda gave them a comeback. Shout out to the G-Unit."
"They werenât from the street," he said. "Theyâre a good group of kids and theyâre artistic, but theyâre not from the street and their style is way different than what we do. Itâs a little bit far out there for me. We got bonafide swag and the definition of get fly, ya dig? Iâm not trying to disrespect themâA$AP Mob is doing it, they got their numbers and theyâre doing what they like to doâbut theyâre nothing like the Diplomats. They didnât come up hanging and banging and hustling and really touching the pavement, ya dig? Itâs a big difference. We donât wear kilts and we donât wear tight sweatpants and funny sneakers. Thatâs not our style. Price point and high fashion donât really make it cool. Iâll still go in Wal-Mart and come out and niggas will still think itâs Versace."Â
Talk then moved to his relationship with Cam'ron, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey, who together formed The Diplomats. Jones was quick to call his group the "most influential" in the hip-hop style world.
"Maybe the most influentialâbesides N.W.Aâwhen it comes to everything," he said. "When it comes to style, weâre probably the most influential. I donât recall no other group giving it to the world the way we was giving it to them. If you can recall or if you know some people, let me know. Itâs good. I take it as a compliment. A lot of people was watching."
He added, "We pretty much been blessed with being trendsetters and people that stand out amongst the rest. Weâve coined a lot of phrases in this game, weâve started a lot of trends. We changed the face of fashion in so many ways. I donât think weâre trying to create anything or make anything, weâre just trying to do us."