Keeping up with B. JonesWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With production credits including Glasses Malone (Cash Money Records) and The Dirtball (Kottonmouth Kings), Toledo’s B. Jones is producing music that straight bangs.
“I love doing this,” Jones said, “but I have to move around a lot.”
The 24-year-old producer recently returned from LA to hammer out the details of an upcoming placement and is on his way to Miami.
“I don’t want to speak on the travel too much, just because you never know how things are going to work out,” he laughed.
Jones said that after graduating high school in 2005, he spent four years in Chicago and LA, producing for local talent there.
“I moved back to Toledo for family reasons,” he said, “but since then I’ve linked up with Clemmye and Rah-Rah who are Freeway artists, and local rapper Du$to.”
Jones grew up in a musical home and said, “This is who I am, this is all I know. I’ve been around music all my life. My dad was in a band, and my room doubled as the studio. They were always recording and writing there.”
Jones, who describes himself as “self-driven,” said, “Even when I was a kid I was producing. Not so much sitting in a studio writing, but I was singing, dancing or whatever. It just finally got to the point where I could go professional with it.”
Jones produces original music as well as classic sample-based beats.
“I have to shout out to Dilla,” Jones said. “He’s the reason I sample at all.”
The MPC-2000 and Battery-reliant producer said his sampling technique is different because, “I keep in mind the original artist. I don’t want to make anything they wouldn’t like. I don’t take their melody. I use their elements to create a new melody. I think of myself as a band member.”
Jones spends a considerable amount of time working out of town, but said he would like to see Toledo’s music community cooperate more.
“The only way we’re going to have an impact on music is to work together. We don’t have to love and hug each other, but we need to keep the big picture in mind and that’s my personal mission,” he said. “I’m really happy to work with anybody that’s passionate about what they do.”