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Rapper Mike Jones Finds His "Voice" on April 14
Posted by Steve Juon at Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at 4:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



From Mike Jones and Jackie O:

RAPPER MIKE JONES RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM
‘THE VOICE,’ ON APRIL 14


Southern star to release most creative album to date

Listen to the current single, “Next to You,” now!

(New York, NY) Feb 4 – The wait is finally over! Mike Jones, Houston’s self-proclaimed ‘President,’ will release his second full album, The Voice, April 14, 2009 on Ice Age/Swishahouse/Asylum.

Featuring the smash singles “Cuddy Buddy,” “Drop & Gimme 50” and “Next to You,” The Voice has been heavily anticipated by fans and industry insiders alike.

“This album is what I wanted my first album to be,” says Jones. “On ‘The Voice,’ I’m showing more of myself to the world, more of my writing skills and my personality…”

For more info on Mike Jones, visit www.myspace.com/mikejones .

ABOUT MIKE JONES

You could say that Mike Jones has ‘finally found his voice’ in the years since he first emerged on the music scene in 2005 with a platinum grill and an infectious call-and-response slogan (‘Who? Mike Jones!’). These days, the Houston-born rapper is more mature and focused; he’s making business deals and giving back to his community. And on his sophomore album The Voice (Ice Age/Swishahouse/Asylum), he wants you to know that there’s more to Mike Jones than ‘tippin’ on four fours.’

“This album is what I wanted my first album to be,” says Jones. “On ‘The Voice,’ I’m showing more of myself to the world, more of my writing skills and my personality. There are many sides to Mike Jones and I want my fans to get to know all of them.”

Surely, fans are already familiar with Jones’ playful side, which he readily displays on The Voice, especially on the song “Drop & Gimme 50” (feat. Hurricane Chris), a Southern-style party anthem sure to inspire the next dance craze.

It’s also no secret that Mike Jones has a thing for the ladies. On the slow jam-inspired track “Cuddy Buddy,”, Jones raps his penchant for no-strings flings over a Keith Sweat “How Deep Is Your Love” sample. The guitar-laden “Next to You” further demonstrates Jones’ devotion to the girl in his life that “keeps it true.”

Still, The Voice isn’t all lovey dovey. Jones flexes his lyrical chops on the street banger “Done Did It” (feat. Lil Wayne):

“I see these haters tryin’ to set me up
Plot on me to wet me up
They mad at me because I run H-town and I ain’t lettin’ up
I can’t let up  ‘cause I’m a playa
H-town, I’m the mayor
Switched it up to president
My car shine like peppermint
Bentley on them fours, got ‘em coming to my residence…”

Fans have been anxiously waiting for an album like this from Jones, ever since his break-out single “Still Tippin’” introduced the world to Houston’s style of cruising in tricked out “slabs.” But Jones wasn’t exactly an overnight success. Back in 2001, he started his own independent record label, Ice Age Entertainment, with money he had saved to pay for beats and studio time. As he began promoting his music on the streets, to DJs and at strip clubs, word spread fast about the enterprising rapper and it wasn’t long before Jones had a deal with local hit-making label Swishahouse. Jones released a series of independent albums and mixtapes under Swishahouse, and the sizeable following he garnered in the South and Mid-West landed him a deal with Warner/Asylum. His 2005 national debut Who is Mike Jones? sold over 1.5 million copies, and in 2007 he returned with the EP American Dream, which was accompanied by a straight-to-DVD movie of the same name.

Over the years, when Jones wasn’t recording in the studio or performing on stage, he was securing business ventures like his recent partnership with ProConcept Marketing Group to release his own line of Cognac called “House of Dobbe’.” He’s also actively involved in his charities Ice Age for Kids and the American Dream Foundation, through which he’s hosted community youth events and supported Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Indeed, there’s more to Mike Jones than the “good life” he often raps about. And with The Voice, you’ll hear the creativity and evolution of a young man who has something to say.



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