Jay Jones Got Next for Young Money

Got Next for Young Money

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - by Isheka N. Har­ri­son ihar­ri­[email protected]

New Or­leans – New or­leans has al­ways been known for its rich mu­si­cal his­tory – and now young Money rap­per Jay Jones is gear­ing up to be­come a part of it.

Jones, whose real name is ron­ald Jones, hails from New or­leans’ hol­ly­grove neigh­bor­hood and is drop­ping a project that pays trib­ute to his roots en­ti­tled “2000 hol­ly­grove” on Dec. 29

the project’s first sin­gle “Go Crazy” fea­tur­ing lil’ Wayne dropped last week and al­ready peo­ple are hail­ing Jones as young Money’s next big thing. With so much buzz you’d think Jones might have a bit of an ego.

Not so. the gifted lyri­cist is as hum­ble as they come – and his on­stage persona matches his off­stage one. Ac­cord­ing to Jones, what you see is what you get.

“I don’t have no prob­lem with be­ing my­self. I’m me at the end of the day. I feel like a lot of rap­pers are their stage names and they are sep­a­rate from their real lives. Peo­ple cut on their per­son­al­i­ties for the cam­era and they’re not that per­son 24-7, so I’m me,” Jones told the south florida times in an exclusive phone interview. “I’m gon’ give you me; I’m gon’ give you the real me. I’m not gon’ hold noth­ing back. I’m gon’ give you that New or­leans fla­vor, that New or­leans’ style and lingo. … I’m the same per­son on-cam­era, off-cam­era, on-stage, off-stage. I’m gon’ have that same vibe.”

Mu­si­cal Genes Jones ac­tu­ally has mu­sic in his blood. his father, J Dawg of the group black Men­ace, is one of the pioneers of New or­leans hip hop. Jones said grow­ing up around the cul­ture spurred a love for it in him.

“My Daddy is a New or­leans hip hop rap leg­end … he’s one of the dudes who helped mold the New or­leans rap scene with No limit records, Cash Money and he had a la­bel called big boy records with Mys­ti­cal, fiend and Part­ners-N-Crime and dif­fer­ent artists like that,” Jones said. “so my whole life I was just un­der the shadow of my Daddy and in the stu­dio as a baby and a kid just watch­ing them do shows and stuff like that. that’s where my love for mu­sic started; just look­ing up to my daddy and … be­ing in that en­vi­ron­ment. ev­ery kid that got a father fig­ure in their life looks up to their father.”

With a back­ground like that, it’s no sur­prise Jones de­cided to pur­sue mu­sic as a ca­reer – but he ini­tially de­cided to do it as a solo artist. then around 2013, he joined the group 0017th and the group started do­ing cyphers.

“I dropped my first project in 2012 and then I got in the 0017th sit­u­a­tion in 2013-2014. We would do cyphers and stuff and Mack Maine, the pres­i­dent of young Money, he would come down and host the cypher,” Jones said, re­veal­ing that Maine de­cided it made sense for him to join young Money after watch­ing him grow and evolve in his craft.

“he was al­ways around just watch­ing and look­ing at ev­ery­thing. I was work­ing and built my buzz up and it kind of made sense at the end of the day … be­cause he’s been around since the be­gin­ning and watch­ing the growth of ev­ery­thing,” Jones said.


Now, after years of grind­ing, Jones said he’s look­ing for­ward to us­ing his grow­ing plat­form to open doors for other artists from his home­town. though he’s a solo artist, he’s also still a mem­ber of 0017th.

“I have a lot of close friends that do mu­sic and so I want to go hard and put my­self in a po­si­tion so I can put them in a po­si­tion to build brands and busi­nesses and dif­fer­ent em­pires. I want to be an all around busi­ness­man that makes good mu­sic and leaves a le­gacy in the game,” Jones said.

on “2000 hol­ly­grove,” Jones said listeners can ex­pect to hear a lot of his story, in­clud­ing his strug­gles and tri­umphs.

“I ba­si­cally give you my story in dif­fer­ent vibes,” Jones said. “you might have a slow vibe, you might have a turnt (sic) up vibe, you might have a mel­low vibe, you might have a vibe when I’m on auto tunes singing. It’s all dif­fer­ent vibes, but it’s all me at the end of the day; the things I’ve seen and the things I’ve done and ex­pe­ri­enced.”

When asked how he feels to be a part of the surge of talent be­ing rec­og­nized on a na­tional scope com­ing out of New or­leans, Jones said he was ex­cited to be in the num­ber.

“I just feel good be­cause I feel like New or­leans hasn’t been in that type of spotlight and had any­body take off and do some­thing ma­jor in a long time and I re­ally feel like we’re over­due,” Jones said. “ev­ery other city had their run from New york to At­lanta to Cali so I feel like its time for a New or­leans run. … Ac­tors, singers, rap­pers and a lot of peo­ple are pop­ping up so I feel like its re­ally pos­si­ble for 2018.”


Jones said de­spite the buzz and love he’s been re­ceiv­ing, he doesn’t take the sup­port of young Money and lil’ Wayne (who he calls big bro) lightly.

“I talk to big bro a lot … and Wayne com­pli­ments me on my mu­sic so … a com­pli­ment from Wayne, and Wayne be­ing like the GOAT (Great­est of All time) of this mu­sic and be­ing who he is and be­ing this leg­end in this mu­sic game, … for him to even com­pli­ment what I’m do­ing is huge to me and I re­ally re­mem­ber when­ever he com­pli­ments me,” Jones said. “With me be­ing from New or­leans and from the same neigh­bor­hood as Wayne and to be able for my first sin­gle that’s out there to the world like that to fea­ture big bro, I’m ex­tremely ex­cited.”

his ul­ti­mate goal: to ce­ment his place among the greats.

“At the end of the day I re­ally love do­ing mu­sic and I want to be men­tioned next to the greats … I’m try­ing to be 'the big 4' you know. I see a lot of blogs say­ing ‘the big 3’ with Nicki, Drake and Wayne, but I’m try­ing to be the one that comes to the table and do these plat­inum records and sell out these are­nas and do those

cal­iber of shows,” Jones said. “I’m try­ing to bring the same thing to the table that all these other great artists brought to the table … the sky is the limit. I’m try­ing to make it to the moon re­ally.” thus far Jones is grate­ful for the love from his grow­ing fan base and hopes they con­tinue rock­ing with him. “the re­sponse has been crazy, I’ve been get­ting a lot of love from it, a lot of feed­back,” Jones said. “I put a lot of work into the sin­gle and into the project so I’m just ex­cited for every­body to get it and lis­ten to it and en­joy it as much as I en­joyed mak­ing it.” And though Jones is un­doubt­edly a NolA man, we'd be re­miss not to men­tion he also has a love for south florida and lives in Mi­ami for sev­eral months at a time. “I love Mi­ami, es­pe­cially com­ing from New or­leans. the weather, the beaches, ev­ery­thing is nice about Mi­ami,” Jones said. “the food’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but I love it. I like the haitian food, the rice and beans. I’m on that. the jerk chicken and stuff. that’s the wave right there.” to stay tuned for in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing news and events fea­tur­ing Jones, fol­low him on In­sta­gram and twit­ter @jayjones17th.

“At the end of the day I re­ally love do­ing mu­sic and I want to be men­tioned next to the greats … I’m try­ing to be 'the Big 4' you know. I see a lot of blogs say­ing ‘The Big 3’ with Nicki, Drake and Wayne, but I’m try­ing to be the one that comes to the table and do these plat­inum records and sell out these are­nas and do those cal­iber of shows,” Jones said.

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Photo Cour­tesy of fACe­booK & JAy JoNes' MAN­AGe­MeNt

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