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Rapper Jim Jones Makes Court Appearance, Theater Debut

Hip-Hop Monologues goes public

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    Jim Jones attends the Sony Entertainment press conference to announce the return of 'Hip Hop Monologues: Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones' at 37 Arts Theatre. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

    Harlemrapper Jim Jones will publicly debut a play about, well, himself today -- the same day he appeared in a Manhattan court to reject a plea deal for allegedly attacking a rival's friend.

    The busy rapper is starring in "Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones,” -- part musical, part theater, part autobiography and part self-promotion -- in conjunction with the release of his fourth album, "Pray IV Reign."  The show will begin its first public entre during a five-night run at 37 Arts in Manhattan.

    Other rappers aren’t “eagerly willing to do a play,” Jones, 32, told the New York Times at his studio near the flower district. "You can turn from very cool to corny by the time that night is over," he said.  Accompanied by a live band conducted by Om'Mas Kieth of SA-RA, the play features Jones performing songs from his new album.

    In true rap style, Jones was in court the same day his album drops and his play goes public.  The Harlem rap fixture rejected a plea deal in connection with a misdemeanor assault charge after a fight with a friend of friend of R&B singer-rapper Ne-Yo Smith inside a Louis Vuitton store.

    Defense lawyer Scott Leemon called the case "a setup for a civil lawsuit" and payday for Javon Smith.  The case will undoubtedly find its way into Jones' sequel.