Jim Jones talks ‘Christmas In Harlem’ & new Dipset album: “I’m going in for the kill next year”


High School teacher and Dip Set member artist, Jim Jones recently sat down with Lupe Fiasco’s favorite magazine Vibe Mag and discussed a number of topics regarding himself and The Diplomats, such as the Dip Set New Years concert with Lil’ Wayne in Chicago, the forthcoming Dip Set album, their label situation and the burning subject on everyones lips: the Kanye West collabo, “Christmas In Harlem”.

Excerpts:

VIBE: How did your collabo with Kanye, “Christmas In Harlem” materialize?

You know, Kanye reached out to Cam and just asked if we would like to be a part of the song. Why not? Why not, be a part of history. We just doing music, nobody needs to get their panties in a bunch. Ya heard?

I think people were just surprised because of the “Runaway” freestyle where Cam had some words for Ye. Was that song just a joke or something?

I don’t think anyone at Dipset jokes so much. But everything happens for a reason. God bless us for being grown enough and gentleman enough to let certain things go past.

Does the song really sound like Christmas in Harlem to you?

Yea, I feel that. It sounds a bit like Christmas time in Harlem, and it’s a dope record. If you listened to any of my Christmas records than you know what Harlem Christmas songs are for real. We dreaming of a white Christmas [laughs].

How is the Dipset album coming?

It’s going down, believe that. We’re still recording songs but you don’t have to worry, the Dipset album is happening big time. You can bet your last dollar.

Is it officially coming out on Interscope?

I wouldn’t say officially, officially is a big word—shouts to Interscope, Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and everybody on that side. Just sit tight.

Can you let us in on any songs that you guy have recorded? I mean we all saw the pics with Dre.

We got a joint called “Anticipation” that y’all should love. The vibe is good just being back with my band of brothers. I also got my album, Capo, coming out on Feb. 22nd. I’m going in for the kill next year [laughs].

I know what you guys are thinking… “High School teacher!? Huh!?”

Yeah, that’s the same thing I thought.