IT WAS ON THIS DATE APRIL 19, 2005 MIKE JONES RELEASED HIS DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM WHO IS MIKE JONES

Who Is Mike Jones? is the debut studio album by American rapper Mike Jones, released on April 19, 2005 in the United States. The singles from the album are “Still Tippin'” and “Back Then”.

The CD also comes in a “limited edition” version, which includes a bonus CD featuring nearly all the tracks from the album chopped and screwed by DJ Michael 5000 Watts.

The album was a commercial success for the rapper, debuting at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with 181,000 copies sold in its first week  and was certified Platinum by the RIAA, two months after its release.

The songs “Got It Sewed Up (Remix)” and “Back Then” are featured in the 2007 Xbox 360 video game Def Jam: Icon. Mike Jones is a playable character in the video game and provides his own voice and likeness

Steve ‘Flash’ Juon of RapReviews found Jones lacking in terms of charisma and topic matter as a rapper but praised the beats by Salih Williams throughout the record saying, “The bottom line is that Who Is Mike Jones? is a very enjoyable album if you’re not paying attention too closely.” Nathan Brackett of Rolling Stone called the album “a fine introduction to this Texas mess.”  AllMusic’s Andy Kellman said that the people throughout the record outshine Jones but found him accessible to listen to, concluding that “Jones is ultimately very likable, shown best in the closing track, a sweet tribute to his supportive late grandmother.”Samantha Watson of The Situation praised the southern production, Jones’s attention-grabbing delivery and the tracks for being lyrically different, concluding that, “This is a welcomed debut from the rapper Mike Jones. It may sound cliché, but with nearly every track echoing his name and with his sharp rhymes it will be hard to forget who he is.” Julianne Shepherd of Pitchfork also praised the album’s production and noted that Jones shows some empathy on tracks like “5 Years from Now” and “Grandma”, saying that, “Who Is Mike Jones? is an ample showcase for Swishahouse producers Michael K. Watts and Salih Williams, but it’d be a better record if Jones diversified.”

Original release

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1.”Intro” 0:25

2.”Back Then“Salih Williams4:04

3.”Flossin'” (featuring Big Moe)Mike B.3:11

4.”Still Tippin’” (featuring Paul Wall and Slim Thug)Salih Williams4:32

5.”Got It Sewed Up” (Remix)DJ Paul & Juicy J3:18

6.”Scandalous Hoes”Kojack3:23

7.”Screw Dat”Salih Williams3:19

8.”Turning Lane”Young Sears4:22

9.”Laws Patrolling”Young Sears 2:53

10.”5 Years From Now”Salih Williams 3:47

11.”Cuttin’ (Remix)”Salih Williams3:51

12.”What Ya Know About” (featuring Paul Wall)Grid.Iron3:44

13.”Know What I’m Sayin” (featuring Bun B)Salih Williams4:07

14.”Type Of Nigga U Need”Young Hollywood3:57

15.”Grandma”Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson5:15

Chopped & Screwed version

  1. Got It Sewed Up [Mix]
  2. Screw Dat [Mix]
  3. Cuttin’ [Mix]
  4. Still Trippin’ [Mix] featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall
  5. Back Then [Mix]
  6. Know What I’m Sayin’ [Mix] featuring Bun B and Lil’ KeKe
  7. Laws Patrolling [Mix] featuring CJ, Mellow and Lil’ Bran
  8. Turing Lane [Mix]
  9. Grandma [Mix]
  10. Flossin’ [Mix] featuring Big Moe
  11. Scandalous Hoes [Mix] featuring Lil’ Bran
  12. What Ya Know About… [Mix] featuring Paul Wall and Killa Kyleon
  13. 5 Years From Now [Mix] featuring Lil’ Bran

Sample credits

Personnel

Credits for Who Is Mike Jones? adapted from AllMusic.

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2005)Peak position

US Billboard 200 3

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1

US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) 1

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales

United States (RIAA)Platinum1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Year-end charts

Chart (2005)Position

US Billboard 200 40

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)

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