The VH1 reality series Love and Hip Hop is already three shows in, and its main characters, Emily B. (Fabolous' girlfriend), Somaya Reese (up-and-coming rapper and Joe Budden's ex), and Chrissy (Jim Jones' girl) are making headlines with a show that centers around their "love" interests. But for rapper Jim Jones, who has a small role in the series, it's all about his music first, and his on-camera love life second.
While visiting 106 & Park to premiere the video for his new single "Perfect Day," BET.com caught up with the Harlem diplomat to talk about his music and, of course, the show.
"The reality show is something that’s been going on [for] about four years to the date," Jim reveals. "I had a deal to do a reality show about my life. I just wasn’t feeling how the cameras made me feel ... being on me all day." Instead, the show follows Chrissy Lampkin, Jim's girlfriend.
Like the businessman he is, Capo decided to pass the opportunity on to his boo. "I tried to find another way for us to get it going on. My lady had an opportunity to do another pilot. It didn’t go through the way she wanted it to, so I told her let’s see if we can get them to give us the show that they wanted for me and put it around you, as long as I’m involved with it."
According to Jim, producers then picked a cast of supporting members and started to build the show that ultimately became Love and Hip Hop. In an interview with NecoleBitchie.com, Chrissy also said the show originally belonged to Jim. "That’s where it started! [Laughs] It was Jimmy’s show. He didn’t want to do a reality show. He didn’t like the idea of them putting him in positions and trying to make him respond to certain things. He wasn’t with the foolery," she said.
Jim is currently gearing up for the April 5 release of his album. The first single, "Perfect Day," takes Jim in a different direction than fans are used to seeing from the rap vet. Says Jimmy: "The video is dedicated to people who been affected by cancer, people with hearing disabilities, and my soldiers stuck at war."
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