"Sony is a conglomerate," Jim explained. "They got movies, everything else they have to offer me. … I sell lifestyle. I sell swag. My aura reeks of it; I'm so smooth. People love it. When I was on Koch, it was political. Now I'm on Sony; I'm politics. It's about to get heavy."
"I'm in the studio like I'm selling crack," he said. "Twelve a.m. to 6 in the morning."
Jones has never been one to idly sit on his hands. He recorded his next mixtape, Harlem's American Gangsta, in just over a week.
"I did like nine songs in six days," he told us last week. "We just started this right before the deadline. Two days for production [of the CDs], two days for promotion. We just go hard. I just want everybody to know this a free album for Harlem. This side is the Harlem side of Harlem. That side is the Brooklyn side of Harlem."
Jones is referring to Jay-Z's Tuesday LP, American Gangster, inspired in part by the movie of the same name.
"Who else could tell you about Harlem but people who really do Harlem?" Jones asked, beginning to talk about Damon Dash, who plays host. "We're still here, we didn't slip up.
"I grew up with Dame," Jones added. "I know the trials and tribulations that Dame went through. In my eyes, people like that are the real Harlem American gangsters … I watched him pay himself through private school. … Roc-A-Fella, the run that they had was bigger than any dope run any drug dealer could ever imagine. Now he's sitting back reaping the benefits. … He's one of the wealthiest people I know, period. … Plus, the whole [controversy], Roc-A-Fella [breaking up], him, the whole Jay thing, it was a good spice. [Dame is] just venting, saying how he really feels. Same way I feel."