The end of last month, September 2003, State Property and newest member Dirt Mcgirt aka Ol Dirty Bastard shot videos for State Property’s “When You Hear That,” “Criminal Background,” “Want Me Back” and “Temporary Relief.” The Diplomats’ Jim Jones have stepped up and directed all four videos.
“Dame [Dash] and [Kareem] ‘Biggs’ Burke sat me down and said they’d been watching my progression [as a director],” explained Jones to MTV. “I only had a week for preparation. In the line of work I’m in, I try to make it happen, ’cause I want a lot of work.”
They shot in Staten Island one day, Midtown Manhattan the next and ended it in upstate New York. The first day was for a split video of “Want Me Back” and “When You Hear That.” Jones described the day as action-packed. The Young Gunz rapping on the highway while being chased by the police for “Want Me Back.” Then while filming “When You Hear That,” he had to put up with the Dirt McGirt’s theatrics.
“It’s kind of a funny story with ODB,” Jimmy said with a chuckle. “He was supposed to show up at 10 a.m., but he showed up at 10 p.m. I love him! When ODB finally did come up, we bashed in a couple of cop car windows. He’s looking crazy, doing his ODB thing. Whether he was late or not, he still did his thing and it was my pleasure [to direct him].”
After finishing these four videos, Jim is back to his own crew Dip Set. Jim will be working on a split video for Juelz Santana’s “Down” and “Rain Drops.” Then he’s going to direct the first video from Cam’ron’s February LP, Purple Haze. Jones said Cam was still undecided about which song he’s going with, but there was no blackout when it came to generating ideas for a video concept.
Due to his trouble with the law, State Property captain Beanie Sigel was unable to make any of his team’s shoots. It’s still undecided which video will hit the air first.