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Jim Jones

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James Warren Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was an American cult leader and preacher. He also proclaimed himself to be a political activist and faith healer. He led the Peoples Temple, a new religious movement, between 1955 and 1978. In what he called "revolutionary suicide", Jones and the members of his inner circle orchestrated a mass murder–suicide in his remote jungle commune at Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978. Jones and the events which occurred at Jonestown have had a defining influence on society's perception of cults.

As a child, Jones developed an affinity for Pentecostalism and a desire to preach. He was ordained as a Christian minister in the Independent Assemblies of God, attracting his first group of followers while participating in the Pentecostal Latter Rain movement and the Healing Revival during the 1950s. Jones' initial popularity arose from his joint campaign appearances with the movements' prominent leaders, William Branham and Joseph Mattsson-Boze, and their endorsement of his ministry. Jones founded the organization that would become the Peoples Temple in Indianapolis in 1955. In 1956, Jones began to be influenced by Father Divine and the Peace Mission movement. Jones distinguished himself through civil rights activism, founding the Temple as a fully integrated congregation, and promoting Christian socialism. In 1964, Jones joined and was ordained a minister by the Disciples of Christ; his attraction to the Disciples was largely due to the autonomy and tolerance they granted to differing views within their denomination.

In 1965, Jones moved the Temple to California. The group established its headquarters in San Francisco, where he became heavily involved in political and charitable activity throughout the 1970s. Jones developed connections with prominent California politicians and was appointed as chairman of the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission in 1975. Beginning in the late 1960s, reports of abuse began to surface as Jones became increasingly vocal in his rejection of traditional Christianity and began promoting a form of communism he called "Apostolic Socialism" and making claims of his own divinity. Jones became progressively more controlling of his followers in Peoples Temple, which at its peak had over 3,000 members. Jones's followers engaged in a communal lifestyle in which many turned over all their income and property to Jones and Peoples Temple who directed all aspects of community life.

Following a period of negative media publicity and reports of abuse at Peoples Temple, Jones ordered the construction of the Jonestown commune in Guyana in 1974 and convinced or compelled many of his followers to live there with him. Jones claimed that he was constructing a socialist paradise free from the oppression of the United States government. By 1978, reports surfaced of human rights abuses and accusations that people were being held in Jonestown against their will. U.S. Representative Leo Ryan led a delegation to the commune in November of that year to investigate these reports. While boarding a return flight with some former Temple members who wished to leave, Ryan and four others were murdered by gunmen from Jonestown. Jones then ordered a mass murder-suicide that claimed the lives of 909 commune members, 304 of them children; almost all of the members died by drinking Flavor Aid laced with cyanide.

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July 27, 2022

Jim Jones Speaks on Juelz Santana's Virgil LV 'Verzuz' Fitted Cap

Jim Jones took to Instagram to reveal more details on the custom Louis Vuitton fitted Juelz Santana was wearing during their 'Verzuz' battle with The LOX.

www.complex.com

July 1, 2022

Premiere: DJ Drama Shares Video for New Song “Forever” f/ Fabolous, Jim Jones, Benny the Butcher, and Capella Grey

The track is produced by DJ Canon and features a KRS-One sample, while the official video for the new collab was helmed by director Kid Art.

www.complex.com

June 30, 2022

Jim Jones Sends Love to Lil Tjay Following Shooting, Doubles Down on Opinion That Rappers Have 'Most Dangerous Job'

Lil Tjay was shot this month, and Jim Jones has offered up some love for the artist and reiterated his stance on rappers having "the most dangerous job."

www.complex.com

June 16, 2022

Jim Jones on Why He Believes He'd 'Smoke' Lloyd Banks in a 'Verzuz' Battle

In an appearance on the 'Joe Budden Podcast,' Jim Jones revealed which G-Unit member he'd love to face off with in a future 'Verzuz' battle.

www.complex.com

June 3, 2022

Jim Jones on Whether He Ever Had ‘Proper Conversation’ About Gucci Store Incident

As the Lobby Boyz promo run continues, Jim Jones briefly reflects on his criticism of a Gucci store earlier this year over what he says was poor service.

www.complex.com

June 2, 2022

Jim Jones Explains Why He Thinks He’s ‘Solely Responsible’ for Kid Cudi’s Career, Says Cudi Would Agree

Jim Jones dives into a little bit of Cudi history in a recent interview, including mention of his appearance on a version of Cudi's "Day 'n' Nite."

www.complex.com

April 20, 2022

Watch Fabolous and Jim Jones Rap Over Pusha-T's "Diet Coke" Beat in Video for "Coke Zero"

Fabolous and Jim Jones teamed up to drop the music video for "Coke Zero," which utilizes the beat for Pusha-T's 'It’s Almost Dry' track "Diet Coke."

www.complex.com

April 13, 2022

Jim Jones Taps Lil Wayne, Migos, DJ Khaled, and Juelz Santana for "We Set the Trends" Remix Music Video

Jim Jones links up with Lil Wayne, Migos, DJ Khaled, and Juelz Santana in the new visual for his "We Set the Trends" remix that dropped last week.

www.complex.com

April 8, 2022

Jim Jones Drops "We Set the Trends" Remix f/ Juelz Santana, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, and Migos

The original version, which featured Migos, was released in late 2021. It appeared on Jones' and DJ Drama's joint project, 'Gangsta Grillz: We Set the Trends.'

www.complex.com

March 28, 2022

Watch Jim Jones Bring His 'Drip Report' to Local NYC News Station With Hilarious Weather Segment

Dipset rapper Jim Jones stopped by local news station FOX 5 New York to deliver a hilarious weather report to promote his 'Drip Report' series.

www.complex.com

March 25, 2022

Larry June and Jay Worthy Unleash Collab Album '2 P’z in a Pod’ f/ Jim Jones, Roc Marciano, and More

Jay Worthy and Larry June join forces for their collaborative album '2 P’z in a Pod,’ which features guest appearances from Jim Jones, Roc Marciano, and more

www.complex.com

February 9, 2022

Jim Jones Goes Off Inside Gucci Store, Alleges Racial Profiling

The rapper took to social media to air his grievances. Continue reading…

www.xxlmag.com

January 21, 2022

Rod Wave’s New Video Might Be His Loneliest One Yet—Which Says a Lot

Plus more highs and lows from the world of rap this week, including Jim Jones’ Betty White tribute and Zack Fox’s questionable role on the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.

pitchfork.com

January 14, 2022

Cordae, Earl Sweatshirt, Jim Jones and More - New Projects

New beats and rhymes for the weekend. Continue reading…

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January 7, 2022

Jim Jones' Mom Responds to Jim's Tongue Kissing Comments

Mama Jones says the people on social media got it twisted. Continue reading…

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January 7, 2022

Jim Jones Claims He Was Joking About His Mom Teaching Him to Kiss

Jim Jones says he was kidding. Continue reading…

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January 2, 2022

Jim Jones Saves Choking Photographer’s Life by Giving CPR

Capo is a hero. Continue reading…

www.xxlmag.com

December 15, 2021

Freddie Gibbs’ Crew and Jim Jones’ Crew Allegedly Get Into Fight

Freddie Gibbs and Jim Jones squared up? Continue reading…

www.xxlmag.com

February 28, 2021

John Burks, Rolling Stone’s First Managing Editor, Dead at 83

During tenure, Burks interviewed Jimi Hendrix and Jim Jones, covered the Altamont tragedy and helped guide the magazine's coverage of political issues

www.rollingstone.com

Discs

Chasin M's

July 25, 2022

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Stepping

July 7, 2022

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On That (Remix)

June 30, 2022

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Go Girl

June 24, 2022

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Let's Go

June 10, 2022

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The Lobby Boyz

May 27, 2022

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Boss Talk (Remix)

May 19, 2022

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Stickup

May 13, 2022

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No Bobby V

May 12, 2022

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We Set The Trends (Remix) [feat. ‎Migos & Juelz Santana]

April 8, 2022

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Boss Talk

March 31, 2022

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Toe Tag Her

March 4, 2022

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On That

March 3, 2022

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Lobby Boyz Anthem

February 18, 2022

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Gangsta Grillz: We Set the Trends

January 14, 2022

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We Set The Trends

December 10, 2021

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Harlem Pr

December 9, 2021

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Uncle Junior (Radio Edit)

October 5, 2021

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Uncle Junior

October 5, 2021

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Filet Mignon (feat. Fabolous & Eric Bellinger)

July 22, 2021

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Hip Hop

June 25, 2021

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If I Like It

June 17, 2021

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Snake Eyes (feat. Ghostface Killah, Crimeapple & Jim Jones)

June 4, 2021

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She's Classy (Nasty)

May 28, 2021

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Eastside

April 16, 2021

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Furlough (Remastered)

April 2, 2021

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The Fraud Department

February 19, 2021

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Where We Come From

February 16, 2021

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Laps Around the Sun

February 12, 2021

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Lose Lose

February 5, 2021

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Bada Bing (feat. French Montana)

December 18, 2020

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El Capo (Deluxe)

November 27, 2020

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Heightened Senses

October 16, 2020

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Kick In

September 18, 2020

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Customer

August 26, 2020

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Ballin'

July 3, 2020

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The People (Remix) [Feat. Conway the Machine & Marc Scibilia]

July 3, 2020

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Fell

June 26, 2020

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The People

June 4, 2020

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Backstabbers

May 29, 2020

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Baby Don't You Want a Man Like Me

April 24, 2020

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Stand My Ground

November 26, 2019

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El Capo

May 31, 2019

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Mama I Made It (feat. Cam'ron)

April 26, 2019

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4/20 (feat. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y)

April 19, 2019

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Cristal Occasions

February 12, 2019

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Splash

June 28, 2018

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Celebrate

May 7, 2018

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How You Want It

April 26, 2018

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Wasted Talent

April 13, 2018

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Gotta Play the Game (feat. YFN Lucci)

April 12, 2018

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Still Dipset (feat. Juelz Santana & Avon Carter)

April 4, 2018

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Chicken Fried Rice (feat. 5am, Yo Gotti & Trav)

March 30, 2018

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Bando

February 8, 2017

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Gigabyte

December 2, 2016

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Another Christmas Zoe

November 30, 2016

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Harlem (feat. A$AP Ferg) - Single

April 19, 2016

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Finesse (feat. Rich Homie Quan, A$AP Ferg & Desiigner) - Single

April 11, 2016

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Miami Vampin

May 20, 2015

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Gang (feat. Trav & Neek Bucks) - Single

May 11, 2015

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Radio (feat. Trav) - Single

May 4, 2015

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We Own The Night Pt. 2: Memoirs Of A Hustler

September 9, 2014

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Wit The Ish (feat. Trey Songz) - Single

June 24, 2014

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Wit The Sh!t (feat. Trey Songz) - Single

June 24, 2014

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We Own The Night - EP

December 3, 2013

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The Ghost of Rich Porter

August 20, 2013

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Drink From The Bottle (feat. Charlie Rock) - Single

August 13, 2013

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Vampire Life 3

August 13, 2013

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Vampire Life 2

August 13, 2013

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Nasty Girl (feat. Jeremih & DJ Spinking) - Single

July 4, 2013

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Vampire Life

May 14, 2013

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Cheaters Prayer (Remix)

January 19, 2013

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Nocturnal

October 29, 2011

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Capo

April 5, 2011

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Perfect Day Feat. Chink Santana & Logic

December 7, 2010

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Blow Your Smoke

October 12, 2010

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The Capo Chronicles

September 22, 2010

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Summer Where You Been (feat. Starr)

July 6, 2010

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Ball (feat. DJ Khaled & Schife)

February 23, 2010

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Sorority Row (Music From The Original Motion Picture Score)

February 23, 2010

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Dancin On Me

April 28, 2009

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Rockstar Sh*t

April 14, 2009

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Pray IV Reign

March 19, 2009

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Risky Business

March 18, 2009

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Street Religion: Heron 3: 16

March 17, 2009

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A Tribute To Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps

November 25, 2008

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Pop Champagne (feat. Juelz Santana) [Radio Version]

October 7, 2008

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Pop Champagne (feat. Juelz Santana)

October 7, 2008

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The Good Stuff (Radio Version)

July 8, 2008

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The Good Stuff

July 8, 2008

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Street Religion: Love Me No More Edition

April 18, 2008

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A Dipset Christmas

October 9, 2007

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Hustler's P.o.m.e. (Deluxe Edition)

August 28, 2007

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Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product Of My Environment)

November 7, 2006

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DJ Drama & Jim Jones: The Seven Day Theory

September 27, 2006

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M.O.B. Members of Byrdgang

July 15, 2006

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Harlem - Diary Of A Summer

August 23, 2005

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The Owner's Manual

August 16, 2005

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City of God

July 5, 2005

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The Diplomats Present Jim Jones, Ghetto Advocate - On My Way to Church

August 24, 2004

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Ambitionz of a Gangsta

August 3, 2004

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Ryder Musik (Special Edition)

June 8, 2004

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