How to Deal With Suicidal Thoughts (by Our Friend Dylan Madden)

What’s up guys, Jonny from Moon Chimps Media here.

We’ve been getting a bit of traffic on our discord server and from google from….suicide related search traffic.

Which, hey, thanks for coming by and checking out the site.

But if you want something with a bit more substance to hold you over, you can check out this article from our friend Dylan Madden. 

Suicidal thoughts and depression are not fun. Maybe Dylan Madden’s words will get you fired up and ready to kick some ass instead.

Here’s that link one more time.

Have fun out there,
-Moon Chimps Media

Where is Lil Bow Wow in 2017?

Okay it’s the weekend, time to write another 1500 words on…today’s topic: Where is Lil Bow Wow in 2017?

Before we get to the end, we have to start at the beginning. Where was the beginning for Bow Wow? His song basketball:

I had no idea as a kid, but now that I see the intro credits, it had Jermaine Dupri and Fabolous as features and was released on So So Def.

Jermaine Dupri is the founder, owner, and president of So So Def Recordings. If you recall from our article about one hit wonders the importance of persistence, Jermaine Dupri was also  the mastermind behind the short-lived rap group Dem Franchise Boyz.

One of the reasons Jermaine Dupri might have that skillset, is because his father is Michael Mauldin, former Senior Vice President of Columbia Records Group.

In 1999, Michael Mauldin left Columbia Records to build his own companies, as well as work with his son Jermaine Dupri at So So Def.

To quote the same website:

In 1999, Mauldin left Columbia Records and moved back to Atlanta to work with his son at So So Def Recordings, and he founded the Artistic Control Group. The Artistic Control Group is a small Atlanta based entertainment firm which includes the Mauldin Brand Agency. The firm also has a music publishing component and a tour management division. In 2002, Mauldin was the executive producer for the film, Like Mike starring rapper Bow Wow. 

Michael Mauldin’s IMDB page shows the same:

Okay, so we’re starting to understand Bow Wow’s team when he got started. Having a team is important.

I don’t remember this one as a kid, but hey, maybe you good folks of the internet do:

Anyways, it shows him getting a call on his flip phone (so awesome) from Jermaine Dupri while he’s in class. It shows Bow Wow getting picked up from school by Jermaine Dupri in a BMW. So it’s no secret, JD is the mentor and Bow Wow is the student.

The song also has a feature on it from Snoop Dogg. And at the end of the video, both Bow Wow and Snoop Dogg, embracing their dog-related names, transfigure Harry Potter style into dogs. So, there’s that.

Here’s another song I don’t remember at all:

Clearly I was a bigger fan of Mike Jones than I was of Bow Wow. Alright I’m gonna start calling him by his real name now, which is Shad Moss.

Shad did have a song with Mike Jones called Fresh as I’m Iz. Wtf kind of grammar is that. Whatever.

Shad Moss, originally rapping under the nickname “Kid Gangsta”,  got his start in the music industry by being an opening act for Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg is the one who gave him his canine moniker of Lil Bow Wow.

Notice the prophetic language in that song:

Bow fall off n**** that’ll be never
I’m rich (yea I’m rich) I can do whatever

According to TMZ: In February 2008,  Shad Moss leased a 2004 Ferrari F430.

In February 2009, the leasing company sued him for failing to make payments and won. They were awarded a judgement for $218, 000.

In 2012, Shad Moss still hadn’t paid it off, not even close. It actually grew with interest the whole time, all the way to $283,000.

Another news TMZ news item from 2012 tells us:

SunTrust Bank filed the lawsuit against Bow Wow — real name Shad Moss — claiming he took out a $300,165 business loan, agreeing to 84 monthly payments of $4,730.
According to bank records filed with the lawsuit, Bow Wow fell behind last year. The docs show the bank repossessed the rapper’s Lamborghini Murcielago  — and managed to get $161,000.

You’d think that would be the end of it — but the bank tacked on more than $25,000 for “repossession expenses.”

According to the lawsuit, Bow Wow still owes the bank $21,371 — and the bank wants every penny.

But that’s way back in 2012.  I don’t want to dwell on financial stuff. Where is Bow Wow in 2017?

Let me go through his recent work first. He has put out 8 mixtapes since 2008.

Half Man, Half Dog Vol. 1 (November 2008)
Half Man, Half Dog Vol. 2 (February 2009)
The Green Light (August 2009)
The Green Light 2 (January 2010)
The Green Light 3 (October 2010)
The Green Light 4 (August 2011)
I’m Better Than You (September 2011)
The Green Light 5 (March 2013)

Okay. Where is Bow Wow in 2017?

On February 13th, 2017 Bow Wow published this on his Youtube channel:

It’s a preview for his next mixtape, The Green Light 6.

Oh, and a couple of years ago he landed a deal to have his own vodka brand, called NDI Vodka.

Wait can we go back a bunch of years again? I just found this song Bow Wow did with Yung Joc. I’ve never heard it before now, it’s called Big Girls.

Sorry about the potato video quality, haven’t found a legit copy anywhere online.

OK I’m not mad about that one. You can hear it on tape, at the 4:24 mark:

To hell with a skinny girl I need me a big girl!

This article started a little rough for him but I think he’s turning it around. If we can get away from the rapping and go towards his R&B work, like this song he did with Cash Money in 2011:

Yeah R&B is definitely his niche. Here’s another one from 2010 with Cash Money called Boyfriend For The Night:

Dang okay here’s another R&B song from 2009 called Break it Down:

Well I’m at 879 words we’re doing alright.

If we look at his raw youtube stats, his song Let Me Hold You with Omarion has 49 million views.

Shortie Like Mine  with Chris Brown has 31 million views.

Like You with Ciara has 51 million views:

 

You liked that R&B stuff right? Ok here are two of his recent rap songs (which I don’t like at all – maybe you do?)

And

I’m not a fan of the last two songs BUT the audio is definitely clean and well produced.

Soulja Boy has worked with a few key people that demonstrated he has a keen eye for talent. He worked with Riff Raff, actually signing him for a bit. He also did a mixtape with Lil B called Pretty Boy Millionaires. And Lil Yachty announced that he will be on the Pretty Boy Millionaires 2 mixtape with Lil B and Soulja.  So this Ignant Shit mixtape is a really good sign for Bow Wow.

It’s 2017. For entertainers of any kind, with all the platforms on the internet and tools available, it’s really up to Shad Moss himself if he wants to take advantage and put the hours in for 2017. But this mixtape with Soulja Boy called Ignant Shit is a really good sign. Plus we’re still waiting for Green Light 6 to come out?

OK I admit it, I like this song here. We’re gonna end it on this one:

Have fun out there,
-Moon Chimps Media

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Where is Mike Jones in 2017?

Where is Mike Jones in 2017?

Last December I was bored, so I took the VIA Rail from Windsor to Toronto to catch up with one of my buddies and spend the weekend in Toronto.

While the scenery from the train window was nice, I got a little bored (The eternal struggle). Luckily VIA Rail trains have free wifi. I had an infamous Mike Jones song stuck in my head (Turning Lane), so I wondered what he was up to in 2016. It took a little digging, and I found his Money Train mixtape which was relatively new at the time.

Most people, at least in Canada, still haven’t heard it. But it does have some gems on it, a couple of the songs are great to draw the Moon Chimps comics to.

Great Song #1)
Mike Jones – I Remember – Money Train Mixtape:


I used to sell CDs out my trunk tryin’ to make it
They ain’t wanna see me go platinum, so I had to take it
Ninety percent grind, ten percent sleep
You don’t work, you don’t eat

You can listen here.

#2) Another great song to draw comics to is “Trappin”, you can listen to it here. I like it because it’s repetitive and it says:

Trappin’ all day by the store
Gotta make the money make more money

About a million times. It’s good to listen to if you’re trying to get into “the zone” while drawing.

#3) My third pick from the Money Train mixtape would be “If I had to pick.” You can listen to it here.

It’s now been over a year since I found that mixtape, and I started listening to it again. I’ve liked it a lot better recently than I did when I first found it.

When I was asking around for one-hit-wonders for the last article, doing some informal polling, the name Mike Jones came up a couple times. People who aren’t…rap music connoisseurs can easily think that Soulja Boy and Mike Jones have respectively retired after their radio hits years and years ago. It’s pretty natural to assume.

On Twitter, Mike Jones has 260,000 followers. But his engagement is super low, which adds to the “one hit wonder” impression some people have.


While his twitter presence is less than expected, 200K+followers is still pretty solid. Maybe he’s just not from the “twitter generation”. His come-up had nothing to do with retweets,  his self-promotion was shouting out his cell phone number. Which was, if you recall, two eight one three three oh eight zero zero fo’. I said, 281-330-8004. Hit Mike Jones up on tha low cuz Mike Jones about to blow.

In 2017, is Mike Jones truly about to blow?

Well, it seems pretty obvious from his tweet on February 24th, 2017 that he is working on a second Money Train mixtape, called Money Train Reloaded 2017. I know I’ll be downloading it once I see it comes out . I always need new music for the gym.  If it’s no good, I’ll just delete. But I doubt it’ll be that bad. His first Money Train mixtape was pretty decent.

If you don’t remember Mike Jones from 2004,  his radio hits were:

Back Then

Still Tippin (Featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall)

While it didn’t get any radio play,  I’ve always liked Turning Lane from his Who Is Mike Jones 2 mixtape.

If you want to see a silly acoustic guitar cover of Back then, well hey, here it is from some kid named DJ Hardesty:

That’s uh….561 words so far. I’m trying to write 1500 words every Saturday. (*Sips coffee*)Okay, cool, let’s keep going.

Since 2004, Mike Jones has come out with three albums and six mixtapes.

Mixtapes
Runnin’ Tha Game in 2004.
King of the Streets in 2006.
Running 4 President 2k8 in December 2007.
Self Made in 2008.
Back Ballin’ Underground in 2013.
Money Train in 2015.

Albums
Who is Mike Jones? in 2005.
The American Dream in 2007.
The Voice in 2009.

And to be announced some time in 2017…the namesake of this article…Where is Mike Jones?

TV &Movie Roles

While I did watch the first two seasons of Prison Break back in 2006, I don’t remember Mike Jones being in it. But hey, Wikipedia said he played C-Note’s brother-in-law named Darius, and Wikipedia never lies. I mean, once I read it, I can remember it a tiny bit, but….

I tried to find any clips on Youtube or any mentions of it online, but, no dice.

Apparently he was also in a movie called Mountain Mafia in 2010, about a hillbilly mafia, also starring the Ying Yang Twins. But again, I couldn’t find any clips or references online aside from WIkipedia and IMDB. I mean, it could just be a typo. I’m thinking it was a feature they did for the easy money basically. We’ll shoot him a few tweets from our Moon Chimps twitter account once we publish this, maybe he’ll get back to us with a confirmation.

The American Dream Movie is definitely Mike Jones’ crowning achievement for TV and movie roles. But I didn’t see it lol, because it went straight to DVD. Here is the trailer from Warner Bros. I’m sure I’ll watch it at some point. It does look decent enough.

In 2013, Mike Jones went on Sway in the Morning to answer a few questions about his weight loss (AIDS?), his girlfriend cheating on him, and some issues he was having with his record contract.

And

Probably the most informative and interesting interview was actually from Mike Jones’s friend Slim Thug:

That’s another thing that changed me and made me not like fame and fucking with this Hollywood shit. I sat back and watched everybody jump on Mike Jones’ dick. I’m talking about everybody. Everybody! Not just fans. I’m talking about celebrities, basketball players, athletes, everybody was on Mike Jones’ dick man.

And then all of a sudden, they just changed on him. When I saw that, it woke me up man. The same motherfuckers who was dick riding, was hating. And it wasn’t even for no reason. So when I seen that I said you know what, fuck these people man. I don’t want to fuck with people like that. And I always kept a distance and kept my own lane and did what I did. That really taught me a lot.

We’re only at 1025 words so far….so…does anyone remember this song Mike Jones did with Lil Bow Wow, titled Fresh Az I’m Iz?

You know, when I started writing this article, I was excited to dig into the Mike Jones story and see what I’ve been missing. And then I realized he did have a hiatus in 2010 and 2011, which kind of fucked up the point of this article. But he did put out a decent amount of mixtapes, you can’t say he wasn’t working and putting out content. He wasn’t putting in the same hours as Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane, or Riff Raff. Not even close. But he was still doing something.  So that’s why I’d have to say he is not a one-hit wonder, and I think his next mixtape Money Train Reloaded and his album Where Is Mike Jones, when they come out, will be at least decent and worth a listen.

Money Train Reloaded was supposed to come out January 1st 2017 according to his website and twitter, but I guess they’re running a little behind schedule. What’s 2 months between friends, anyways? I’m still a fan Mike, don’t worry about the haters.

Does anybody remember I Got That Drank?

Still not 1500 words, eh? Alright, um…has anyone seen Mike Jones’ website? He doesn’t have any webcomics, but he has some tour dates listed:

Son of a bitch, give me something to work with here. Come on Mike, I got 250 words left to write, give me a bone here.

Wait wait wait….he did have a pretty good single I forgot to mention on his Money Train mixtape called 3 Grams:


And….I found something very important on his website…

And

You know what, maybe Mike Jones is the perfect VIP to help promote Moon Chimps Media.

All jokes aside, Mike Jones did have great music back in the day, his Money Train mixtape was great, and I’m sure Money Train Reloaded and Where is Mike Jones will both be great too.

Have fun out there,
-Moon Chimps Media

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