Jim Jones - Harlem: Diary of a Summer

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While Jim Jones' 2004 debut, On My Way to Church, built a darkly surreal world befitting a man whose name and religious references recall a maniacal 1970s mass murderer, the Dipset member's second solo record, Harlem: Diary of a Summer, is a bit disarming in its hooky brightness. In fact, the title track ode to Jones' home neighborhood, with its breezy jazz hook and friendly spirit, is a positive beacon of light. Jones' voice, dripping as it always is with a feeling of impending doom, pairs in a wonderfully grotesque way with the buoyant beats behind him, whether he's boasting over a heavy bass ("Baby Girl"), eulogizing atop a classic old-school beat ("Tupac Joint"), or rapping about a mix of desire and betrayal in a unique sample of the Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets" ("Summer with Miami").

Disc 1:
1) My Diary - Jim Jones / Denise Weeks (04:27)
2) Zeke Interlude - Jim Jones (01:15)
3) G's Up - Jim Jones / Max B (04:29)
4) J.I.M.M.Y. - Jim Jones (03:44)
5) What Is This - Jim Jones (03:27)
6) Honey Dip - Jim Jones / Latiff / Juelz Santana / JR Writer (04:24)
7) Ride Wit' Me - Jim Jones / Juelz Santana (02:40)
8) Penitentiary Chances - Hell Rell / Jim Jones (03:25)
9) We Just Ballin - Jim Jones / T.K. (03:22)
10) What You Been Drankin On? - Diddy / Jha Jha / Jim Jones / Paul Wall (03:38)
11) Harlem - Jim Jones (03:51)
12) Confront Ya Baby - Jim Jones / Max B (04:48)
13) Summer Wit' Miami - Jim Jones / Trey Songz (03:26)
14) I'm in Love with a Thug - 40 Cal. / Jim Jones / Denise Weeks (03:13)
15) Tupac Joint - Fatal Hussein / Jim Jones (03:28)
16) Baby Girl - Jim Jones / Max B (03:12)

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