Headliner: Jim Jones
Representing: Harlem, New York
Mixtape: Vampire Life 2: Feast (The Last Supper)
Real Spit: Don’t let Jim Jones’ chiseled physique fool you, the Harlem hustler loves to eat.
A true hustler in every sense of the word, the Dipset capo went from a background player to the star of his team, directing videos, running labels and then jumping to the forefront as a rapper. And his new mixtape, Vampire Life 2: Feast, is a culmination of all of his respective hustles.
“I’ve been working on the mixtape called the F.E.A.S.T.; [it stands for] ’family eatin’ and stayin’ true,’ ” Jones recently told Mixtape Daily. “We’ve got a dope group of individuals. Some you’ve seen before, some new faces.”
Jones isn’t stopping with music either. He plans to release a number of cinematic music videos for Feast.
“I picked, like, eight songs, and I’ve strung ’em along like movies,” he explained, “Something good for people to look at. I haven’t seen something like that in a minute. I think it’ll be very interesting.”
It’s all very fitting because the mixtape is cinematic from the start. On “F.E.A.S.T. Prelude,” Jim brags about his money-making ventures over a dramatic backdrop, setting the listener up for what they’re about to hear. “60 Rackz” is as rich as the title suggests. Over a bouncy synth track, Jimmy and newcomer T.W.O. spend cash with reckless abandon. “I got my top back when I lean, got that in my genes/ Can’t believe I put 60 racks in the pocket of my jeans,” Jones raps of the $60,000 cash that he keeps on hand.
Fifteen of the 17 tracks on the tape feature guest rappers, but Jimmy doesn’t use them as a crutch. For the most part, Feast introduces us to a new cast of characters, including T.W.O. and Ryder. Sen City and Mel Matrix make appearances as well, but it’s clear that Vampire Life 2 is strictly a family affair.
Capo continues to flaunt his riches alongside Trav on “Show Off” and then pledges allegiance to the hustle on “Sleep When You’re Dead.” Lyrically, the mixtape doesn’t vary much, but musically it’s rich. “Forgive,” with lush instrumentation, allows Jimmy to deliver one of his more introspective rhymes. “The coke so high it’s hard to come up/ Tryin’ hard to make it home before God let the sun up,” he spits about the downside of his former street hustles.
Jim Jones is a hustler at heart, but rather than keep all of the spoils to himself on Feast, he splits the pie with a number of rap newcomers.
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