El Capo, I salute you!
Updated: Jun 9, 2019
Jim Jones aka CAPO released his 8th album, "El Capo" this past Friday, May 31st, 2019. Some people might say Jim Jones is still rapping? But if you didn't know, the Diplomat soldier has been active for the past year. On April 13th, 2018, he released his 7th album, "Wasted Talent" and on November 22nd, 2018, he and the Diplomats released an album called "Diplomatic Ties". El Capo features guests such as Fat Joe, Trav, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Maino, Cam'ron, Fred The Godson, Curren$y, Dave East, Jadakiss and more. The album is entirely produced by The Heatmakerz, who've been making hits for The Diplomats since 2003. Let's see if Jimmy Jones will satisfy his Diplomat Unity.
The album starts off with "Cristal Occasions" which contains a beautiful instrumental to the song itself and at the end, we have an interlude from the classic movie "Paid In Full". The following songs "Love of The Hustle" featuring Trav and "Make No Issues of It" all have the same type of content where Jim Jones raps about his hustling days in Harlem, the fancy accessories he was buying and his general status. The instrumental of each song so far makes you feel like you're watching a New York hustling movie. "NYC" is featuring Fat Joe, and I don't know where the hook was sampled from, but it adds beauty to the song. Both rappers, CAPO and the Don did a good job telling their stories about living and hustling in NYC. The song finishes with an outro about certain entertainers who passed away from the past two decades such as 2PAC, The Notorious B.I.G., Aaliyah, Mac Miller, XXXTentacion and Nipsey Hussle. The outro is being followed by the song "Good Die Young" feat. Marc Scibilia. The song has a smooth and laid back instrumental to it which I love a lot and Marc Scibilia did a good job on the hook because he made it sound old school but clean at the same time. Then we have "State of the Union" featuring Rick Ross and Marc Scibilia which is another song I really enjoyed, and when you have time, go do your research on Marc Scibilia. He's a songwriter from Buffalo, New York with a nice talent, good find from Jim Jones. "Pity in The Summer" is featuring Cam'ron, Rain, Fred The Godson and Marc Scibilia and "My Era" is featuring Maino and Drama. Both songs have great instrumentals with the guests rapping some good lyrical content. So far, I'm really enjoying the album, each song has good and smooth beats.
Halfway through the album, we have the song "Nothing Lasts" featuring Fabolous and Marc Scibilia. The album still continues to have a nice vibe to it. Then we have "Cocaine Dreamin" featuring Dave East and Ball Greezy. "Mama I Made It" featuring Cam'ron is so far one of my least favorite song from the album. The song isn't so bad but I felt that the instrumental was a bit over the place which was a turn off for me. Up next is "To Whom it May Concern" featuring Cam'ron, Conway the Machine, Guordan Banks & Benny The Butcher. It's a nice song with some good content from the rappers and the hook had a nice message which was, you have to stand tall, face your fears and you have to jump so you don't regret anything in life later on. Then we have the following songs "Sports Cars" featuring Curren$y and "Song Boxing" which was less than 2 minutes. "Bread Right" is featuring Trav, and the song is where Jim Jones raps about how he needed time to get his money right so that he and his girl could live well and wealthy. The outro of the song samples Diana Ross song "Missing You" and it also made me thought of The Notorious B.I.G.'s song, "Miss U". The album finishes with the song "Don't Know What They Took Him For" featuring Jadakiss and Philthy Rich where the song has an instrumental that gives the album a good ending and you know your track is going to be good when you have Jadakiss on it.
Back when I was in high school during the mid-2000s, there was a lot of Dipset fans, and I have to be honest with you, Dipset and hip-hop fans will not be disappointed with El Capo. The album shows a mature Jim Jones who gives a good Harlem Street storytelling with a bunch of New York rappers. When it comes to the production of the entire album, I'm giving The Heatmakerz a grade of A for the music production because almost all of the instrumentals were on point. I enjoy listening to this album so much, that I think I'm going to watch the movie "Paid in Full."