Baby Stone

Baby Stone

BandHip Hop

THE SOUTH DOES IT AGAIN

Biography

Baby Stone
The South’s brightest young MC, Baby Stone (b. Rodney Jones, 5/18/79), has traveled an uncommon road to stardom. Jones, the son of a Baptist preacher and a former Junior Olympic boxer, has defied virtually impossible odds on his way to a blossoming career both as an artist and a record label executive. With the much-anticipated release of his brilliant second album, Brighter Days (Cornerboyz Worldwide/Good Life/Artemis), Baby Stone will arrive on the world Hip Hop scene with a unique story of tragic choices, second chances, and triumphant redemption.
As a young man growing up in Mississippi, Jones was a standout amateur boxer and all-around athlete. However, when he traded in his boxing gloves for the lure of a gangster lifestyle, he paid with his freedom. At the “ripe” age of 17, Jones was sentenced to life in prison. Jones had to grow up fast in the Penitentiary. He quickly developed an affinity for the written word and passed countless hours writing love letters, poetry, and eventually, song lyrics. Nicknamed “Baby Stone” by his fellow inmates, the young man was influenced by some legendary Lock-Up MC’s that would rhyme away the endless hours in the yard. Jones never could have known that his jailhouse hobby would soon become a career. In 2004, after serving only seven years, Rodney Jones was released by the Mississippi Supreme Court due to the negligence of the state prosecutor.

Upon his release, Jones reconnected with a childhood friend named Roc Dog and began recording songs and exploring the music business. Content at the time to be his friend’s “hype man,” Jones continued to gain experience in the studio as an observer. Fate would soon step in again, as a few months after laying down his first tracks, Roc Dog committed suicide. Shaken by the death of his best friend, Jones was at a critical juncture in his life. Consumed by a passion for his fallen friend’s dream, Jones decided to follow the road that Roc Dog would never travel. He teamed up with another neighborhood buddy, Alex "Bruh" Brown, and together they started an independent record label called Corner Boyz. Jones’ first live performance came as an opener for Young Buck in his hometown of Jackson. Baby Stone tore the house down, and a local legend was born.
With the help of a local producer and studio owner named Caveman, Baby Stone put together some tracks and released his debut CD, titled Better Way, in April of 2005. The album sold well regionally and attracted the attention of local radio stations and show promoters. Corner Boyz also released a highly successful Mixtape/DVD titled Corner Boyz Worldwide/Chronicles. Baby Stone rose to prominence on the strength of album sales and performances with hip-hop heavy weights like Mike Jones, Trick Daddy, and Pastor Troy.
Baby Stone re-entered the studio in October of 2005 and finished enough songs for another release. The new record, Brighter Days, represents a giant step forward for the young artist. Stone confidently tackles serious issues like taking care of one’s children (“I’m Gonna Hustle”), toys with his hometown’s infamous “Snitches,” and prophesizes his worldwide domination of the rap game in “Coast To Coast.” The album feels polished, mature, and real, the work of an artist whose time has come. Determined to shine a white light on his dark past, Baby Stone has wrested control of his own destiny and become a formidable player in the Hip Hop world. Brighter Days drops worldwide on May 9, 2006. For more information, please visit www.cornerboyzworldwidellc.com or call 1.888.445.8708 ext 1.