Just before December hit, Jim Jones surprised the masses with a deluxe upgrade of last year’s El Capo, which provided listeners with 15 new tracks and fresh collaborations with Juelz Santana, Maino, Conway The Machine, late artist Fred The Godson, and more. Today, he drops off a new visual from the release for “Pardon My Thoughts,” a Heatmakerz-produced effort that sees an assist from fellow Harlemite Dave East.
Directed by StreetHeat, the nighttime clip sees Jones and East out in the streets, repping their respective crews and paying tribute to fallen soldiers — a perfect match for the non-fiction rhymes in the song:
“Pardon, I’m still collectin’ my thoughts, from all the nickel-and-diming, and the oppression I fought, felt better when I hit the dealer and I left in a Porsche, shorty not the type that you can, press or extort.../”
Originally, El Capo contained 16 cuts and a wealth of contributions from the likes of Trav, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Cam’ron, Fabolous, Curren$y, and Jadakiss. The project is considered my many publications and fans alike to be the Dipset general’s best body of work to date, proving that the 40-something year-old has only continued to increase his relative skill sets as an artist. More recently, he also dropped off the socially and politically charged numbers “The People” and “Election” and reunited with the Diplomats in the music video for the Diplomatic Ties standout “By Any Means.”
In addition to El Capo (Deluxe), this year has also seen Jones providing featured verses on dope cuts like Grafh’s “Customer,” Philthy Rich’s “Miami Quarantining,” Millyz’s “Heightened Senses,” Vado’s “Checkmate,” Tsu Surf’s “Careful Who You Love,” and DJ Kay Slay’s “Man Down.” In a year where we all have had to remain indoors, Jim Jones has made it his duty to keep the culture fed.
Press play on “Pardon My Thoughts” below.