Daniel “Tekashi 6ix9nine” Hernandez is testifying in the trial of accused Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, and while his testimony was nearing an end on Wednesday, the rapper called out “retired rapper” Jim Jones as being a member of the gang.
During trial at Manhattan’s Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, presided over by Judge Paul Engelmayer, 6ix9nine has mentioned by name figures like Trippie Redd, Casanova, Cardi B, and Chief Keef, as having ties with Nine Trey, on his third day of testimony, the rapper surprised everyone by mentioning Jones, a rapper seemingly not involved in the case whatsoever.
“He’s a retired rapper,” 6ix9ine reportedly told prosecutors when asked him who Jim Jones is. Tekashi then replied by saying “yes,” and when asked the question, “Is [Jim Jones] a member of Nine Trey.” It should be noted that Jim Jones, 43, released his latest album, El Capo, in May 2019, and is far from being considered “retired.”
Here’s what you need to know about Jim Jones…
1. Jim Jones Said 6ix9ine Will Never Overcome Being ‘a Rat’
According to New York Daily News reporter Stephen Brown, after 6ix9ine identified Jones asa part of the Nine Trey, prosecutors played a wiretapped phone conversation during the trial. In the recording, Jones reportedly told Jamel “Mel Murda” that “shortie” needed to be “violated,” and that “he’s not a gang member no more. He was never a gang member. They going to have to violate shorty because shorty is on some bull****.”
Back in Junes, Jones appeared on The Cruz Show do discuss 6ix9ine’s testimony. “Screw him,” Jones said. “He did some actions that he can’t come back from, so his name non-mentionable. If you a rat, then you’re a rat forever. That’s a subject we don’t even have to touch on.” Rappers Meek Mill, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg have also called out 6ix9ine for being a rat.
When what 6ix9ine will do once he gets out of jail Jones said, “I don’t know what he can do. I don’t give a f*** what he could do. That’s not my job. If he did step foot in there they probably should stay far away from him. I grew up in an era where certain things you cannot come back from. There’s no fixing that. If you Black, you Black forever. If you a rat, then you’re a rat forever. That’s a subject we don’t even have to touch on.”
2. Jim Jones Is Not a ‘Retired’ Rapper
As for his rap career, Jones was an original member of The Diplomates, sometimes knowns as Dipset, is the co-CEO of Diplomat Records alongside rapper Cam’ron. He released his first solo album in 2004, On My Way to Church, and a year later, Harlem: Diary of Summer. In 2006, his third album, P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) included his biggest hit track, “We Fly High,” which went certified platinum.
As a member of the group and label ByrdGang, he released M.O.B. The Album. Under Columbia Records, Jones released his fourth solo album, Pray IV Reign in 2009, and in 2011, Capo, which was followed up in 2019, with his sixth album, El Capo. And after years of beefing with fellow rapper Jay Z, the two squashed things and 2017. Now, Jones is also signed with Roc Nation.
3. Jim Jones is Married to Chrissy Lampkin
As news updates from 6ix9ine’s testimony were released, Jim Jones name immediately started trending on Twitter. However, it’s been a minute since users online have heard any updates from Jones, who’s real name is Joseph Guillermo Jones II.
The American rapper and music video director is 43-years-old, and married to his longtime love, Chrissy Lampkin, 48. The couple, who got engaged in 2011, appeared in Season 1 and 2 of Love and Hip-Hop:New York, before getting their spin-off own reality TV show on VH1, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, and then Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never on WeTV. They also appeared on Season 2 of WeTV’s Marriage Boot Camp Family Edition.
Jones has also has a slew of TV and film credits, including a starring role in movie First Lady, and 2019’s All In. He has a son from a previous relationship, Joseph “Pudie” Guillermo Jones III, who was born in 2003.
Both Jones and Lampkin will be returning to Season 10 of Love and Hip Hop: New York, along with Juju Casteneda, Jonathon Fernandez, Dollaz, Jennaske, Danny Garcia, Safaree Samuels, and more.
4. Jones Dodged Jail Time in 2018
The “We Fly High” rapper has his own run in with the law, and was arrested on June 21, 2018, for felony firearms and narcotics possession. According to the court documents out of Coweta County, Georgia, obtained by TMZ, Jones was facing 5 felony counts and a misdemeanor charge after police pulled over a car he was riding in and found weed, oxycodone, Percocet, vape cartridges, and two loaded pistols. Jones was released on $7,000 bail.
While Jones could’ve been facing up to 10 years in prison, he accepted a plea deal in which three of the six charges were dropped, and if he can stay out of trouble while on probation, the other three charges will also be dropped. He was sentenced to two years probation, $1,500 fine, and court costs.
5. Jones & Lampkin Share a Clothing Line
In addition to his prolific rap career, Jones started a clothing line called Vampire Life, and wife Chrissy, who’s fashion designer, started a short-lived ladies’ wear line, Lady Vamp. The name of their brand is inspired by those who stay up partying all night, and includes hats, shirts, hoodies, and branded sportswear.