By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Not exactly what you'd expect to hear from a guy who revels in being a "goon" and who "talks tough 'cause" he "does tough things." His music might encourage you to splurge on bottles and Maseratis, but in the flesh, Jones just wants to see his constituents build their own wave and surf it to economic security.
"To me, it's about creating your own world that you want to live in," says Jones as he puts his Jordans back on and heads to the vocal booth. Vampire Life—the name of the mixtape he dropped last year—"is my life. It's that nightlife; it's the way some individuals live when you wake up to the moon and go to sleep to the sun.
"Hip-hop is dead, and it came back as a vampire."
Jim Jones plays at Gramercy Theatre on February 29.