Jim Jones Calls Out Donald Trump on New Single 'Bando' feat. Axel Leon: Premiere
The Harlem MC drops off the first single off his upcoming record 'Vampire Life 4.'
It’s been a busy week for Jim Jones. Yesterday, the Harlem MC announced he signed a management deal with Roc Nation -- marking the latest in Roc Nation’s recent uptick in both management and label signings -- allowing Roc to handle his music, fashion and acting endeavors, among other things (including officially squashing a long-running beef with Jay Z).
Now that he's dealt with the business side of things, Jones is back to releasing music again with his new single “Bando” featuring Axel Leon, which Billboard is exclusively premiering below. The record is the first drop from his upcoming album Vampire Life 4.
Released through Empire, the track has a few echoes of the Migos -- the opening line goes, “Rain drops falling in a drop,” and "Bando" happens to be the same as title as the ATL trio's first regional hit -- though sonically it holds its own. Jones pulls no punches lyrically, at one point spitting, “Start letting these chumps know / ’Bout to cut the new prezzy like Trump, hoe,” over an understated but compelling beat.
His "Bando" counterpart Axel Leon -- currently signed with Live High Management and VL Records -- is a hip-hop up-and-comer Jones says he was excited to work with.
“Axel Leon is kid that grew up in the Bronx; he’s one of the most talented kids that I’ve heard since Juelz when it comes to writing music," Jones told Billboard in an email, referencing his Dipset cohort Juelz Santana. "If he sticks to his craft he’ll have a promising career."
Vampire Life 4 will be the the first in the series since 2013's Vampire Life 3. His last mixtape, The Kitchen, was released June 3, 2016.
Listen to Jones and Leon get to work on “Bando” below.