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Mike Jones

Mike Jones & Paul Wall hoop it up for charity

Posted By on June 13, 2005

Rapper Mike Jones hit a defender on the basketball court with a killer crossover and then lost the ball as he tried a slick behind-the-back dribble. Maybe he should stick to his day job.

Jones, whose debut album “Who is Mike Jones?” was recently certified platinum, suited up for the Swishahouse Records team in a charity basketball game against a team from crosstown rival Rap-A-Lot Records on Saturday.

The Houston native also mingled with fans — posing for pictures, shaking hands and signing dozens of autographs.

Jones said no matter how successful he becomes he won’t forget where he came from.

“I’m still me,” said Jones, who was wearing his signature T-shirt with his actual cell phone number on it. “The people who are out there are the reason I am platinum. I ain’t going to go platinum and then change and be a whole different breed of person.”

Jones had aspirations of basketball stardom before he got into rapping but said he wasn’t concerned with the outcome of the game, he was just glad to be on the court surrounded by friends.

“It’s all about having fun,” said Jones. “You gotta have fun with what you do and if you don’t it’s useless.”

While Paul Wall was the only other rapper to actually play in the game, which Rap-A-Lot won 125-72, the rundown high school gymnasium was filled with homegrown rappers.