Jim Jones and Hitmaka have joined forces for their newest project, Back In My Prime. Comprising eight tracks, the LP features Ty Dolla $ign, Benny the Butcher, BEAM, Trav, Pleasure P, Tink, Stefflon Don, and more.
Jim Jones elaborated on the albums’ theme during a sitdown with Hot 97, “It’s definitely feeling like summertime [music]. Got a bunch of smashes on there,” he said. “I’m in my bag on this one. I fully appreciate the moment and opportunity to work with [Hitmaka].”
On Back In My Prime, the hip-hop veteran reaffirms why he’s the illest with the pen. As he raps with precision, he touches on his extravagant lifestyle, love language, rise to fame, inner thoughts, and appreciation for those who’ve been there from the start with a rich cadence.
Hitmaka, who Jim Jones calls “the top producer in the game who rings off,” underscores his pristine lyricism with laid-back hip-hop, boom-bap, soulful, and R&B production. One hit off Back In My Prime has a go at merging afrobeat and boom-bap arrangements. “Seen The Money” samples Alicia Keys‘ “You Don’t Know My Name,” while “Stay” takes admiration from Lumidee’s “Never Leave You.”
The beat maestro also drops a sample from KRS-One‘s “Step Into A World” in “Gunshot (feat. BEAM),” Angelica Vila‘s “More In The Morning” via “I Am (feat. Stefflon Don),” Common’s “Imagination” in the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted record, “YKTV,” and Bobby Valentino’s “Tell Me” in “F U Better (feat. Jeremih).” As the title hints, Jeremih coins a line from Notorious B.I.G’s “F*cking You Tonight.”
The aforementioned records, along with “First Plug (feat. Pleasure P,” “Let It Go (feat. Tink and Ball Greezy), and “I Am (feat. Stefflon Don)” explore every facet of intimate love. At the same time, he expresses his appreciation for his ride-or-die.
“YKTV” also elaborates on Jim Jones’ end goals and artistic upbringing via this line, “I’m trying to leave my son a legacy, for my dogs I’m trying to leave a better pedigree… So many nights I slept in a crack den, I done took a bunch of L’s trying to stack M’s,” he raps.
“Gunshot (feat. BEAM),” “Bet It All (feat. Benny The Butcher and Trav),” and “Status Update,” on the other hand, bring attention to Jim Jones’ absolute lyrical dexterity while also forewarning the opps to put respect on his name. If not, they can “catch me sittin’ in the coupe with that big .30,” as he raps in “Gunshot.”