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This Week in Hip Hop History & Is Jim Jones a Snitch? Full Recap of Today's Episode of Down to the Beat

by Johnny Blaze

Listen to the Down to the Beat podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or watch clips on our YouTube Channel 

The episode is kicked off with a brief history lesson on NWA’s 1990 release “100 Miles and Runnin’” which is a landmark EP for them as it was their first release after Ice Cube left the group. The album ignites the notorious feud between the group and their former wordsmith. In tracks such as “100 Miles and Runnin’” and “Real N****z”, you can take in the full glory of four salty dudes starting beef that they had no chance in winning. After these two tracks, and two more disses towards cube in their follow up album, Ice Cube claps back with “No Vaseline”, and everyone knows how that story ends. 

The 5 track EP ushered in a new era for the group and had a couple stand out tracks. “Just Don’t Bite It”, was an extremely explicit porno rap track, a trend of the time that has since fell off. And I must say, I’m not mad about that. Skits such as “Pause 4 Porno” on Dr. Dre’s Chronic 2001 just make me feel a little weird. The Geto Boyz popularized the genre but it trickled into many other sub-genres of hip hop outside of the dirty South. Just to really drive this point home, everyone loves the song “Fight the Feeling” by Mac Miller featuring Kendrick Lamar, but the skit at the end of the song almost devalues an otherwise perfectly delivered track with beautiful bars. 

After this we decide that we are going to talk about Donda for the last time. Kanye’s much awaited album has me fed up man and we are done trying to validate the hype built up around it. Well, I am, Fixxx isn’t quite as ready to let it go. We then decide that we’ll talk about it one last time but only if and when it drops. The conversation is cut kind of short though after Fixxx clubs it because I try to relate Kanye’s grasp on the culture to Drake’s grasp on the market. We’ll leave that conversation for another day too I guess. 

We then end the episode off with an overview of what can only be described as an absurd coincidence or some of the best PR and marketing work we have ever seen. I’ll try to break it down to you, tell me if this makes sense. 


 So Tekashi gets arrested and starts name dropping heavy in court, helping convict a bunch of the Nine Trey Bloods of New York, a gang he was allegedly a member of. The important names to remember are his manager Shotti and Mel Matrix, the godfather of the Nine Trey Bloods, and Jim Jones. He also claimed Cardi B was a member but she claimed she was a member of the Brims not the Nine Treys, but that’s whatever really in this big picture. 

Anyways, he ends up putting Shotti and Mel away for 15 and 11 years, respectively. During the court proceedings there is a recording of a phone call between Mel and Jim Jones used as evidence. In the call, the two talk about taking out Tekashi’s security, violating him, and getting Shotti going on TMZ to speak “articulately” on the situation. If you’d like to listen to the phone call, DJ Vlad leaked it which is a super classic DJ Vlad move. 

Flash forward two years and now we’re in the present and Tekashi revives the beef with Jim Jones and raises some vary interesting points about the potential of Jim Jones being a snitch. DJ Akademiks started a podcast not long ago and for his first two guests he brought on Tekashi and Wack 100, a manager and known member of the Bloods on the west coast. During the course of the episode Wack 100 tries to give Tekashi some lessons on the street code he blatantly disrespected but never denounces the fact that Tekashi was a member of the Nine Trey Bloods. A weird move by a known member, even to me, leaving people rather upset he entertained Tekashi’s rebuttal. 

Following the podcast everyone jumps on a Clubhouse and Tekashi starts talking more shit. And by talking shit I mean dragging Jim Jones through the mud about his alleged relationship with the police. During the group conversation Tekashi brings up that during the time he was going through the legal process, Jim Jones was fighting a gun charge that seemingly disappeared. And pointed out that despite his involvement in the phone call that was used to put Mel Matrix behind bars, Jones somehow avoided any conspiracy charges that should have come his way. 

My question is, how the fuck did that phone call get recorded in the first case? It may be that Mel Matrix had a wire tap  in his phone from his involvement with the Bloods. However, it may be that Jim Jones’ phone was tapped because, drum roll please, HE WAS A SNITCH THE WHOLE TIME. Anyways, Tekashi jumped on this fact and claimed he did much more for Jim Jones’ friends from his gangbanging days, and those friends are none other than Shotti and Mel Matrix. What a plot twist, right?

The crazy part about all of this is that Wack 100 is a manager of many rappers. Blueface being one of them. Blueface has been rather irrelevant since his big boom when he started his career. Now, he is challenging you tubers and Tiktokers to boxing matches. Now this won’t be enough to catapult his career back to the place it once was but it must pay decently. What I think is happening is Wack 100 is pulling all of the strings he possibly can to get Tekashi and Blueface in the ring, for a sock fest between two of the biggest has-beens in recent hip-hop history. There is some serious fuckery afoot if you ask me. 

On top of all this, Tekashi claims he talks to Suge Knight all the time on an illegal cellphone Suge has stashed presumably in his prison pocket. This claim resulted in Suge being thrown in solitary confinement and has remained there since. If there’s one thing history has taught us, do not fuck with Suge Knight. 

In the end we are still unsure of what to believe, but then again how can you be sure of anything in this world. This whole debacle of craziness between a bunch of rather irrelevant people just makes you wonder how much of this industry is staged things happening to get a reaction out of us. Which is working, because I have just spent a bunch of time writing this blog and you’re about to read the last sentence. Catch this whole shit show and more in the full episode of Down to the Beat. 

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Written by: John Balser


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