What happened to Mike Jones?
Last December I was bored, so I took the VIA Rail from Windsor to Toronto to catch up with one of my buddies and spend the weekend in Toronto.
While the scenery from the train window was nice, I got a little bored (The eternal struggle). Luckily VIA Rail trains have free wifi. I had an infamous Mike Jones song stuck in my head (Turning Lane), so I wondered what he was up to in 2016. It took a little digging, and I found his Money Train mixtape which was relatively new at the time.
Most people, at least in Canada, still haven’t heard it. But it does have some gems on it, a couple of the songs are great to draw the Moon Chimps comics to.
Great Song #1)
Mike Jones – I Remember – Money Train Mixtape:
I used to sell CDs out my trunk tryin’ to make it
They ain’t wanna see me go platinum, so I had to take it
Ninety percent grind, ten percent sleep
You don’t work, you don’t eat
You can listen here.
#2) Another great song to draw comics to is “Trappin”, you can listen to it here. I like it because it’s repetitive and it says:
Trappin’ all day by the store
Gotta make the money make more money
About a million times. It’s good to listen to if you’re trying to get into “the zone” while drawing.
#3) My third pick from the Money Train mixtape would be “If I had to pick.” You can listen to it here.
It’s now been over a year since I found that mixtape, and I started listening to it again. I’ve liked it a lot better recently than I did when I first found it.
When I was asking around for one-hit-wonders for the last article, doing some informal polling, the name Mike Jones came up a couple times. People who aren’t…rap music connoisseurs can easily think that Soulja Boy and Mike Jones have respectively retired after their radio hits years and years ago. It’s pretty natural to assume.
On Twitter, Mike Jones has 260,000 followers. But his engagement is super low, which adds to the “one hit wonder” impression some people have.
While his twitter presence is less than expected, 200K+followers is still pretty solid. Maybe he’s just not from the “twitter generation”. His come-up had nothing to do with retweets, his self-promotion was shouting out his cell phone number. Which was, if you recall, two eight one three three oh eight zero zero fo’. I said, 281-330-8004. Hit Mike Jones up on tha low cuz Mike Jones about to blow.
In 2018, is Mike Jones truly about to blow?
Well, it seems pretty obvious from his tweet on February 24th, 2017 that he is working on a second Money Train mixtape, called Money Train Reloaded 2017. I know I’ll be downloading it once I see it comes out . I always need new music for the gym. If it’s no good, I’ll just delete. But I doubt it’ll be that bad. His first Money Train mixtape was pretty decent.
If you don’t remember Mike Jones from 2004, his radio hits were:
Still Tippin (Featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall)
While it didn’t get any radio play, I’ve always liked Turning Lane from his Who Is Mike Jones 2 mixtape.
If you want to see a silly acoustic guitar cover of Back then, well hey, here it is from some kid named DJ Hardesty:
That’s uh….561 words so far. I’m trying to write 1500 words every Saturday. (*Sips coffee*)Okay, cool, let’s keep going.
Since 2004, Mike Jones has come out with three albums and six mixtapes.
Runnin’ Tha Game in 2004.
King of the Streets in 2006.
Running 4 President 2k8 in December 2007.
Self Made in 2008.
Back Ballin’ Underground in 2013.
Money Train in 2015.
Who is Mike Jones? in 2005.
The American Dream in 2007.
The Voice in 2009.
And to be announced some time in 2017…the namesake of this article…Where is Mike Jones?
TV &Movie Roles
While I did watch the first two seasons of Prison Break back in 2006, I don’t remember Mike Jones being in it. But hey, Wikipedia said he played C-Note’s brother-in-law named Darius, and Wikipedia never lies. I mean, once I read it, I can remember it a tiny bit, but….
I tried to find any clips on Youtube or any mentions of it online, but, no dice.
Apparently he was also in a movie called Mountain Mafia in 2010, about a hillbilly mafia, also starring the Ying Yang Twins. But again, I couldn’t find any clips or references online aside from WIkipedia and IMDB. I mean, it could just be a typo. I’m thinking it was a feature they did for the easy money basically. We’ll shoot him a few tweets from our Moon Chimps twitter account once we publish this, maybe he’ll get back to us with a confirmation.
The American Dream Movie is definitely Mike Jones’ crowning achievement for TV and movie roles. But I didn’t see it lol, because it went straight to DVD. Here is the trailer from Warner Bros. I’m sure I’ll watch it at some point. It does look decent enough.
In 2013, Mike Jones went on Sway in the Morning to answer a few questions about his weight loss (AIDS?), his girlfriend cheating on him, and some issues he was having with his record contract.
Probably the most informative and interesting interview was actually from Mike Jones’s friend Slim Thug:
That’s another thing that changed me and made me not like fame and fucking with this Hollywood shit. I sat back and watched everybody jump on Mike Jones’ dick. I’m talking about everybody. Everybody! Not just fans. I’m talking about celebrities, basketball players, athletes, everybody was on Mike Jones’ dick man.
And then all of a sudden, they just changed on him. When I saw that, it woke me up man. The same motherfuckers who was dick riding, was hating. And it wasn’t even for no reason. So when I seen that I said you know what, fuck these people man. I don’t want to fuck with people like that. And I always kept a distance and kept my own lane and did what I did. That really taught me a lot.
We’re only at 1025 words so far….so…does anyone remember this song Mike Jones did with Lil Bow Wow, titled Fresh Az I’m Iz?
You know, when I started writing this article, I was excited to dig into the Mike Jones story and see what I’ve been missing. And then I realized he did have a hiatus in 2010 and 2011, which kind of fucked up the point of this article. But he did put out a decent amount of mixtapes, you can’t say he wasn’t working and putting out content. He wasn’t putting in the same hours as Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane, or Riff Raff. Not even close. But he was still doing something. So that’s why I’d have to say he is not a one-hit wonder, and I think his next mixtape Money Train Reloaded and his album Where Is Mike Jones, when they come out, will be at least decent and worth a listen.
Money Train Reloaded was supposed to come out January 1st 2017 according to his website and twitter, but I guess they’re running a little behind schedule. What’s 2 months between friends, anyways? I’m still a fan Mike, don’t worry about the haters.
Does anybody remember I Got That Drank?
Still not 1500 words, eh? Alright, um…has anyone seen Mike Jones’ website? He doesn’t have any webcomics, but he has some tour dates listed:
Son of a bitch, give me something to work with here. Come on Mike, I got 250 words left to write, give me a bone here.
Wait wait wait….he did have a pretty good single I forgot to mention on his Money Train mixtape called 3 Grams:
And….I found something very important on his website…
You know what, maybe Mike Jones is the perfect VIP to help promote Moon Chimps Media.
All jokes aside, Mike Jones did have great music back in the day, his Money Train mixtape was great, and I’m sure Money Train Reloaded and Where is Mike Jones will both be great too.
Have fun out there,
-Moon Chimps Media
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