Jim Jones, Vampire Life 2

The “F.E.A.S.T.” acronym on Jim Jones’ new mixtape stands for Family Eatin’ and Stayin’ True. There’s plenty of crew love to go around on Capo’s recently-released mixtape, Vampire Life 2: F.E.A.S.T. (The Last Supper), which has Jones inviting a lot of upcoming MCs to ride with him. But before he makes the introduction, Jones gives listeners a healthy dose of the Harlem shit-talking he’s become synonymous for.

“Who you think started this Lamborghini shit in the middle of Harlem, nigga? [Killa, what up!] I done crashed enough cars to make you go broke,” Capo sneers on the compilation’s “F.E.A.S.T. Prelude.” From there, Jones gets locked and loaded, rolling out with track after track with an upcoming MC by his side.

“Paper Chase” finds Jones, alongside Trav, as hungry as could be, seeking an abundance of dead presidents and providing more Uptown slick talk. “If ya talkin’ money, I’m speaking fluent/If ya talkin’ lawyers, let’s keep it Jewish [Mazel Tov]!” Jones spits on the track.

It’s again representative of his style of rap: bare bones bars based on braggadocio. “60 Rackz” has Jones continuing the get-money theme, this time bragging about the $60,000 in cold hard cash that Jones and newcomer T.W.O.

like to keep on ’em at all times. “I got my top back when I lean, got that in my genes/ Can’t believe I put 60 racks in the poc-ket of my jeans,” Capo brags.
Ironically, with all the features, “Fly Boy,” a bonus cut on the mixtape on which Jones appears alone comes off best with Capo rapping just about as good as he can. Much of the rest of the time, though, the rhymes are elementary and the content drags on.

Jones isn’t your prototype lyricist, but listeners accept that before even opening their ears to him. That said, Jones accomplishes his simple goals on Vampire Life 2: F.E.A.S.T. (The Last Supper)…hit the streets with colorful swag talk and put his family on. —Mark Lelinwalla

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