Jones is a southern rap artist from the Northside of Houston,
Texas. Mike had aspirations to be a basketball player, but when
those dreams didn't materialize, he chose to pursue a career in
rap. He started Ice Age Entertainment in 2001. While hustling,
he ran into a lot of people who didn't know who he was. As part
of Swishahouse records, he has grown to fame over his unique usage
of his own name throughout his songs.
of his songs contain the phrases "Who? Mike Jones!"
or "Mike Jones!" spread throughout, resulting in a firm
implantation of his name in listeners' memories. When giving his
CD to DJs, they'd say "Who are you?" He'd answer "Mike
Jones" and they'd say "Who?" It happened so much
he took the problem to his grandma, Elsia Mae Jones, who told
him to "Just start saying who? Mike Jones. Who? Mike Jones."
His major promotional gimmick is to sell and hand out shirts with
his cell phone number on them (athletic-department style shirts
reading "Property of Mike Jones"), as well as shouting
out the number throughout his mixtapes and albums, encouraging
fans to call him on his Motorola phone. Reports are that his phone
receives anywhere from 2500 to 20,000 calls a day, sparking rumors
that his cell phone bill was once over $250,000 and that he had
to change phone services in order to avoid another skyrocketing
bill. His current number is (281) 330-8004.
Jones is well-known
for rapping in the so-called "New Southern" Screwed
& Chopped style popularised by DJ Screw of Houston. The slowed-down
audio aesthetic supposedly mimics the effect of "sipping
sizzurp," that is, drinking alcohol mixed with cough syrup
containing codeine, though most adherents of the style claim that
it has outgrown its drug-related roots.
technique is to take a line from one of his songs and use it as
a chorus in another, or sometimes the same, song, screwing &
chopping and repeating it (for example, the chorus in "Back
Then" is a screwed line from "Still Tippin'").
recently signed to a major record deal with Warner Brothers Records
and his first major album, "Who is Mike Jones," was
released April 19, 2005. His hit single, "Still Tippin'",
which features Slim Thug and Paul Wall, and a Midwest remix featuring
Young Bellz can currently be heard on various radio and TV stations.
His album debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200 album charts in
A second single,
"Back Then," is also in rotation. He will be working
with Clint Saulsberry in 2005 on a number of remixes.