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Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Expanded Edition)

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Album Review

The lazy-mouthed co-CEO and co-founder of the Diplomats empire had some serious momentum rolling before he released this one. Besides the ever-growing Dipset fanbase there was "We Fly High," Jim Jones' highest-charting single to date and the unofficial theme song of the New York Giants' defensive line. Team members would imitate the jump shot move from the song's video every time they executed an especially brutal sack or tackle, and the crowd would respond with the song's "Baaaaaallllllin!" catch phrase. Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) doesn't squander the buildup and offers great single number two, "Reppin' Time," which already makes the album twice as powerful as Jones' previous full-lengths. He's an iffy lyricist who can drop a witty line and then spin his wheels for a verse, so P.O.M.E. plays to his strengths and surrounds him with flash. Add "Pin the Tail," "Get It Poppin'," "My Life," and "Weatherman" with Lil Wayne to the aforementioned tracks and you've got a hefty bag of hooky club music, something that suits this charismatic baller just fine. Slick production throughout from folks like Chink Santana, the Runners, and Jim Bond makes this one of the more polished efforts in the Dipset universe. A couple soul-searching numbers paint life as a bleak survival game and borrow way too much from 2Pac's style to be taken seriously. If Jones could meet that legend's insight halfway, P.O.M.E. would be a champion. As it is, it's a contender and a serious step up for this scrappy hustler. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews


This is just as bad as the original "Hustler's P.O.M.E." except this one has a lot more tracks for Jim Jones to be terrible on. Jim Jones is such a bad rapper, that on fast tracks, he cannot even rap fast enough to catch up to the beat. For examples of this, listen to "Reppin Time" and "Love of my life." Jim Jones tries to use tupac's approach with a few emotional tracks, but in the end fails on every one of them. I think Pac's crown on making those types of tracks is safe for now. "Emotionless" is kind of a creepy track, where Jim Jones states how he's a gangster and the different ways he can have people killed. Huh. There WERE two tracks that stood out from the mess that is this album, however. Obviously We Fly High is a hit, but also Pin The Tail was an ok track. Other than that, DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM!


Anyone who would even think about considering buying this should be locked in an empty room with speakers blasting KRS-One and Rakim until they realize what real hip-hop is.

we don't want this one either

Jim Jones is wack, he probably didn't sell a lot of copies of the original Hustler's P.O.M.E. so he puts it out again with some extra tracks. Here's a clue, if people didn't buy it the first time out, they're not gonna buy it this time either.


Born: 1976 in New York, NY [Harlem]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with fellow Harlem-based player Cam'ron, Jim Jones founded the Diplomat label, home to the Diplomats/Dipset and many of that crew's prolific solo activities. Though more of a businessman and behind-the-scenes figure than an MC (he was also named a director of A&R at Warner Music Group in early 2005), Jones released solo albums in 2004 (On My Way to Church, which hit the Top 20 upon its August release) and 2005 (Diary of a Summer). The 2006 album Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)...
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