Pray IV Reign

Pray IV Reign

by Jim Jones


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Pray IV Reign

The three years between Hustler's P.O.M.E. and Pray IV Reign saw a slew of Jim Jones releases -- mixtapes, Christmas EPs, plus LPs with his Byrd Gang crew -- but there's little doubt that this is the proper follow-up to the album that gave the world the massive hit "We Fly High." One listen to the epic intro and it's obvious it also aims higher artistically, influenced by the passing of Byrd Gang member Stack Bundles, beefs with members of the Dipset crew, plus the creation of the man's off-Broadway production, The Hip Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones. Reign is basically the soundtrack to Monologues but it stands alone just fine, successfully mixing straight-up club anthems like "Pop Champagne" and "Na Na Nana Na Na" with much deeper numbers. Bundles is mourned on the moving "My My My," which features the perfectly Jones aside "I hope there's a Harlem in Heaven." A question mark must have been dropped off the title of "This Is the Life," as the rapper's unsure "There's no regrets in life/How's that sound?" rides over the background singers' hook of "Is there a Heaven for us?" Since it's directed at his son ("A miracle on Flatbush Avenue/I still made it back to say 'Push!' when she was havin' you"), "Rain" doesn't question these contrasts and presents them as the cold hard facts of life. It's affiliate NOE who really lays it on the line during "Rain," offering "Had to be a felon/Hated bein' pauper/Read the book of life/Satan was the author." Even with special guest Ludacris on the cut, NOE also wins on key track "How to Be a Boss," and as "Frienemies" addresses Jones' volatile relationships with Cam'ron and Max B, the grand victory of Reign becomes how well it shakes the past and presents the current Byrd Gang crew as true players. Success has always been Jones' revenge, and while his ringleader ways allow this autobiographical album to sometimes go wildly off concept, it's clearly his most inspired set of songs to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 4547366047158
catalogNumber: 857659
Rank: 268219

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Jones   Primary Artist
Juelz Santana   Guest Appearance
Marcus Strickland   Horn
Chink Santana   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ron Browz   Guest Appearance
Ryan Leslie   Various,Guest Appearance
Mel Matrix   Guest Appearance
Brittney Taylor   Guest Appearance
Ernesto Gomez   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Michael Crawford   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Gene McDaniels   Composer
Alan Branch   Marketing
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Eric Jensen   Engineer
Joseph Jones   Composer
Peter Jorge   Engineer
Steve Vargas   Engineer
Ernest Wilson   Composer
Dave West   Composer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Andre Atkins   Composer
Wilbut Gerrell Gaddis   Composer
Eric "Ebo" Butler   Engineer
Chris Feldmann   Art Direction
Chink Santana   Producer,Audio Production
Morgan Garcia   Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Ron Browz   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Ryan Leslie   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
LaRon James   Composer
Yandielle Smith   Management
Charles King   Composer
Andre Parker   Composer
Young Yonny   Audio Production
Teraike "Chris Styles" Crawford   Composer,Audio Production
Michael Floyd   Composer
Matthew Friedman   Composer
Jim Jones Revue   Executive Producer
Otha "Vakseen" Davis   Composer
Brittney Taylor   Composer
Thomas Byrd   Composer
Rondell Turner   Composer
Ronald Ferebee   Composer
Joseph Holmes   Composer
Jed Cappelli   Composer
Duane Bridgeford   Composer
Aquellah McCummings   Composer
Anthony Leslie   Composer
Ayinde Thomas   Composer,Audio Production
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Triple A   Audio Production
No Id   Audio Production
Mag 7   Audio Production

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