Mike Jones

Mike Jones

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandHip Hop

MIKE JONES!!!

Biography

Michael Ansara "Mike" Jones[1] (born January 6, 1981)[2] is an American southern rap artist, who initially was affiliated with the record label Swishahouse, then left to be the owner of Ice Age Entertainment. Before he was on Swishahouse he was in a group called Souf Folk and his alias was "Sache". He has released one album with Souf Folk called Country Thuggin.

Jones originally wanted to be a National Basketball Association player who rapped on the side. Jones transferred many times, forcing him to only play in YMCA leagues due to transfer rules after the 9th Grade. Jones dropped out of high school and briefly took jobs at fast food restaurants. Jones worked at a Compaq plant and sold cell phones from an apartment on Antoine Drive. T. Brown, Jones's partner in several financial ventures, said that he sold some "dimebags" for six months, but they mainly bought "T-Mobile Sidekicks" and sold them for an inexpensive price.
Jones often visited his grandmother's house in the Studewood area of Houston. Jones credited her for giving him the ideas to pursue rap, to use his real name, and to write songs about strippers.
Jones got his first big break by making songs for strippers in Houston.

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 donated thousands of dollars to 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.

Lyrics

NEXT TO YOU

Written By: MIKE JONES

Girl i gotta be next to you (x2)

Im waiting, anticipating for you baby
(cuz i gotta be next to you)
And im wanting
You cuz u got me
Boy you got me
(cuz i gotta be next to you)

Baby you on my mind
As long as we spending time girl
(cuz i gotta be next to you) (x2)

-mike jones
I aint tripping about the lime light
cuz when im with my shawty
She keep my mind right
When we up in the mall
She feel up shopping bag
She love to popp them tags
She love to drive the jag
Whenever we alone
She throw away my phone
Cuz she dont want no interuptions while we going strong
My baby, my baby
Dont be on that bull sh*
My baby, my baby
Know i keep a full clip
Thats why i
Met her outside at 745
Thats why i
Take pride when i slide up in them thighs
My baby boo she true
U know she hold me down
So when i get some time
I spend it with her now

Im waiting, anticipating for you baby
(cuz i gotta be next to you)
And im wanting
You cuz u got me
Boy you got me
(cuz i gotta be next to you)

Baby you on my mind
As long as we spending time girl
(cuz i gotta be next to you) (x2)

-mike jones
My lil mama she know how the game go
She know if is bout the money
She know daddy gotta go
She know if is bout the paper
Them paper im gon' get
bring it back to the crib
Them paper we gon' split
She understand what i do
She trust me and keep it true
Even tho i leave her lonely
She knows that i love her too
While im hot i gotta get it
Gotta stay on the grind
And she already know when im home
She take all my time, i
Love to cuddle her
Love to make her blush
Girl i cant get enuff
Cuz i gotta be next to you
Love to cuddle her
Love to make her blush
Girl i cant get enuff
Cuz i gotta be next to you

Im waiting, anticipating for you baby
(cuz i gotta be next to you)
And im wanting
You cuz u got me
Boy you got me
(cuz i gotta be next to you)

Baby you on my mind
As long as we spending time girl
(cuz i gotta be next to you) (x2)

-girl
Now i know
That daddy gotta go out there and get it
I know
That when he get some time
He spend it with me
I know
That he gon' knows and be around so i'll let him hit his ex outta town

-mike jones
And i know
That lil mama gon' hold big daddy down
And i know
That she gon' make me smile when i frown
And i know
That shawty's more than a friend
Thats why i ride wit her til the end

Im waiting, anticipating for you baby
(cuz i gotta be next to you)
And im wanting
You cuz u got me
Boy you got me
(cuz i gotta be next to you)

Baby you on my mind
As long as we spending time girl
(cuz i gotta be next to you) (x2)

Discography

Solo:

Who is Mike Jones?
Released: April 19, 2005
Chart positions: 3 U.S.
RIAA certification: Platinum[1]
U.S. sales: 1 million[2]

The Voice
Released: April 28, 2009
Chart Positions: 12 U.S.
RIAA Certification: -
U.S. sales: 65,000[3]

Collaborations:
1st Round Draft Picks
With: Magno
Released: February 25, 2003

EPs:
The American Dream
Release: November 20, 2007
Chart position: #143 Billboard 200
RIAA certification: - Unknown
U.S. sales: - Unknown

Mixtapes
2002: Ballin' Underground
2003: Runnin' tha Game
2004: King of the Streets
2007: Running 4 President 2k8
2008: Self Made

Singles: Solo:
2004 Who Is Mike Jones?
"Still Tippin'" (feat. Slim Thug & Paul Wall)
2005 The American Dream
"Back Then"
"Flossin'" (feat. Big Moe)
2006
"Mr. Jones"
2007
"My 64" (feat. Bun B & Snoop Dogg)
"Drop & Gimme 50" (feat. Hurricane Chris)
2008 Album
"Cuddy Buddy" (feat. Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, & Twista
"Next To You" (feat. Nae Nae)

Guest appearances:

Song/Album
"Swervin'" Three 6 Mafia (feat. Paul Wall & Mike Jones) Most Known Unknown
"I Got That Drank" Frayser Boy (feat. Paul Wall, Mike Jones & Three 6 Mafia) Me Being Me
"Hold U Down" Bun B (feat. Mike Jones & Trey Songz) Trill
"Naked (remix)" Marques Houston (feat. Mike Jones) Naked
"Joy" Missy Elliott (feat. Mike Jones) The Cookbook
"Im da Man" E-40 (feat. Al Kapone & Mike Jones) My Ghetto Report Card
"Gansta Grillz" LeToya (feat. Mike Jones & Killa Kyleon) LeToya
"Torn (So So Def remix)" LeToya (feat. Mike Jones & Rick Ross)
"Bump This In Yo Cadillac (Remix)" Froze (feat. Mike Jones, Bun B & Twista)
"I Know Y'all Mad" Busta Rhymes (feat. Mike Jones)
"Live From the Block" Papoose (feat. Paul Wall & Mike Jones) The 1.5 Million Dollar Man
"In Case Some Shit Go Down" Warren G (feat. Frank Lee White The Greatest & Mike Jones) In the Mid-Nite Hour
"Stroll" J Xavier (feat. Mike Jones & Lil' Keke)
"Get Low" Ron Artest (feat. Mike Jones, & Nature) My World
"Swang (remix)" Trae (feat. Big Pokey, UGK, Slim Thug, Jim Jones, Mike Jones, Big Hawk, Paul Wall & Fat Pat) Tha Truth Show
"Shine Cause I Grind" Crime Mob (feat. Mike Jones) Hated On Mostly
"Sippin n' Wood Grippin'" Lil Flip (feat. Crime Boss, & Mike Jones) Young Bosses Getting Cash
"White Cup" Lil Flip (feat. Mike Jones) I Need Mine
"It Is What It Is" Bun B (feat. Paul Wall & Mike Jones)
"Leanin' to tha Side" Slim Thug (feat. Mike Jones)
"Fly Boy (remix)" Lil' Flip (feat. Mike Jones) I Need Mine
"Let Me In" Bun B (feat. Pimp C & Mike Jones)
"Tear This Bitch Up" TQ (feat. Mike Jones) Listen
"Y'all Don't Want It With Us" AJ (feat. Mike Jones) Houston We Have a Problem
"Feel Good" Young Snipe (feat. Mike Jones) Underground Rap Mixtape Vol. 1
"American Pie" Chingo Bling (feat. Mike Jones & Paul Wall) The Tamale Kingpin
"I'm Back" Mr. Collipark (feat. Mike Jones) As Seen on T.V.
"First Round Draft Picks" The Color Changin' Click (feat. Mike Jones, Magno & Michael Watts) Homer Pimpson
"Round & Round" La Chat (feat. Kia Shine & Mike Jones) Dramatize
"Been Robbed" Consequence (feat. Mike Jones) The Cons Vol. 3: Da Comeback Kid
"Who You Know" Papoose (feat. Mike Jones) Sharades
"24's" Body Head Bangerz (feat. Bun B & Mike Jones) Body Head Bangerz: Volume One
"Diamonds and Tattoos" Towdown (feat. Mike Jones & Triple) Late Summer 2k5
"I'm Fresh" DJ Drama (feat. Mike Jones, Rick Ross, & Trick Daddy) Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2)

As featured performer: Song/ Album
"Badd" (Ying Yang Twins feat. Mike Jones & Mr. Collipark) U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)
"They Don't Know" (Paul Wall feat. Mike Jones & Bun B) The Peoples Champ
"Fresh Azimiz (remix)" (Bow Wow feat. Mike Jones, J-Kwon, & Jermaine Dupri) Wanted
"I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper)" (T-Pain feat. Mike Jones) Rappa Ternt Sanga
"Way I Be Leanin'" (Juvenile feat. Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Skip, & Wacko) Reality Check
"Pourin' Up" (Pimp C feat. Mike Jones & Bun B) Pimpalation

Video cameos

"Fresh Azimiz" by Bow Wow
"D-Girl" by Brooke Valentine (feat. Pimp C)
"Knockin' Doorz Down" by Pimp C (feat. P.O.P. & Lil Keke)
"The Game Belongs to Me" by UGK
"Laffy Taffy" by D4L