Mike Jones is an American rapper who rose to prominence after the release of his breakout single titled “Still Tippin” in 2004. The song is said to have peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 10. After that, he dropped “Back Then,” which peaked at the 22nd position on the Billboard.
Still Tippin and “Back Then” became lead singles for Mike’s debut album ‘Who is Mike Jones,’ which dropped in 2005. The album reached the third position on the US Billboard 200. Also, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Mike Jones is one of the rappers who have no stage name or nickname. His stage name is the same as his birth name. Jones is known for the catchphrase “Who is Mike Jones?” or “Mike Jones, who?” which he uses in his songs.
Aside from him, another thing that made him stand out from other musicians in his locality was that he gave out shirts that had his phone number printed on the back. This went on to become one of the numerous trademarks of his music career.
As an accomplished rapper, Mike is known to give young artists the platform to shine. The rapper believes that uprising artists will never get a chance to shine should a major label acquire his company.
Mike Jones was born in Houston, Texas but has properties in Miami and Florida. The article has a net worth estimated to be around $10 million. This post illustrates the story, background, biography, and net worth of Mike Jones.
|Real Name||Michael Allen Jones|
|Nick Name||Mike Jones|
|Place of Birth||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Date Of Birth||November 18, 1981|
|Age||42 years old (2023)|
|Height||1.85m. (6’ 1”)|
|Weight||87 Kg or (191 lbs)|
|Education||Booker T. Washington High School, Chester W. Nimitz Senior High School|
|Marital Status||In a relationship|
|Name of Children||Malachi|
|Profession||Rapper, Musician, Actor, Songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, and Entrepreneur|
|Net Worth||$10 Million|
Early Life and Biography
Mike Jones (Michael Allen Jones) was born in Houston, Texas, on November 18, 1981. Not much is known about his background and early childhood.
Mike Jones is believed to have started singing at the young age of seven. Initially, he wanted to be an NBA star but while he dreamed of that, he also worked on his rapping. His childhood is marred with stories of violence and disappointments. While in school, he did all he could to get good grades but never excelled in his studies.
He obtained transfers to change schools multiple times, forcing him to partake in YMCA leagues due to the transfer regulations after the ninth grade. It was later revealed that he had early signs of dyslexia.
Consequently, he dropped out of Booker T. Washington High School when he was 15 and began working to support his family. Mike worked at a Compaq plant and sold cell phones from an apartment along Antoine Drive. One of Jones’s business partners, T. Brown, claimed that Mike sold “dime bags” for six months.
Mike Jones didn’t start as a solo music artist. He bought T-Mobile Sidekicks and sold them for cheaper prices. While he sold cell phones as a teenager, he met a couple of rappers who changed his life for good. Together they formed a crew known as Sache.
Mike gives props to his grandmother for encouraging him to pursue a career in rap music. He credited his grandmother for making him use his real name in his music and write songs for strippers. His family always had his back and they supported his music career even while he was doing the job of a busboy in a local restaurant.
Mike Jones started his career with a music group identified as Sache. They released an album titled “Country Thuggin“. In 2001, he went solo after forming an independent record label known as Ice Age Entertainment. He promoted his music on the streets all by himself and distributed it to disc jockeys to play at strip clubs.
Later, he was signed to Swishahouse after having talks with the artist and repertoire wing of the label. Upon getting signed to Swishahouse, he joined the likes of Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Chamillionaire. In 2004, Jones released the hit song ‘Still Tippin‘. Then, he signed a deal with Jive Records and Warner Bros. His single “Back Then” became a national hit and was certified platinum.
In 2005, Mike Jones released his first studio album ‘Who Is Mike Jones?‘ The album was certified platinum. In 2007, his song “My 64” debuted at the #1 spot on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
In the same year, Jones starred in a movie he produced titled ‘American Dream.’ Jones had his nose broken by Frazier “Trae The Truth” Thompson at the 1008 Ozone Awards. On November 27, 2007, he released a single “Drop & Gimme 50” featuring Hurricane Chris for his second solo studio album ‘The Voice.’
On May 19, 2008, Mike Jones released the second single from The Voice album titled “Cuddy Buddy.” The track performed well on the charts, debuting at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the 2nd of December 2009, the third single from the album “Next To You” was released, debuting at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In April 2009, Mike Jones released his sophomore studio album ‘Voice’, which debuted in the 12th position on the Billboard 200 chart. Astonishingly, the album sold 25,000 units in its first week of release.
Jones didn’t release any music material in 2010 and 2010, audio tracks and videos inclusive, due to financial disputes with Asylum Records.
In 2012, he announced the release of a new album “Where is Mike Jones?” but is yet to release it. However, he released mixtapes like ‘Back Ballin’ Underground‘ and ‘Money Train‘ in 2013 and 2015 respectively under his label Ice Age.
Below are some of the best highlights of Mike Jones’ music career:
- Still Tippin (Song, 2004).
- Back Then (Song, 2004).
- Turning Lane (Song, 2005).
- Who Is Mike Jones (Album, 2005).
- Mr. Jones (Song, 2007).
- Next to You (Song, 2009).
- Cuddy Buddy (Song, 2009).
- The Voice (Album, 2009).
- Flossin’ (Song, 2012).
He has his own line of Cognac, which he calls House of Dobbe. Jones’s music career has seen his work with several artists like Pimp C, Slim Thug, Juvenile, Drake, Gucci Mane, T-Payne, Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Twista, Ying Yang Twins, Snoop Dogg, and more.
Mike Jones released a movie “The American Dream,” which he starred and made. The American Dream is an autobiographical movie and was made around the life of Mike Jones.
He had his first acting role, playing a minor part in the Fox TV series “Prison Break,” where he starred as Darius Morgan, the brother-in-law to C-Note.
Here are some films and TV shows Mike Jones featured in and when they were released:
- Punk’d (2005).
- Prison Break (2005).
- Wild ‘n Out (2006).
- The Andy Milonakis Show (2006).
- The Game (2007).
- Furnace (2007).
- The American Dream (2007).
- H-Town (2023).
Apart from his ventures in the entertainment industry, Mike Jones has been actively involved in several charity outreaches. Some of his charity programs are the American Dream Foundation and Ice Age for Kids, through which he hosts community youth events and helps the less privileged in society.
Mike Jones Net Worth
Mike Jones has built a staggering net worth from his successful rap career. The American rapper’s net worth is estimated to be worth $10 million.
Jones has been an entrepreneur since his days at high school, doing several jobs to put money on the table and fend for his family. As a rapper, he makes money from album sales, streaming royalties, live performances, and bookings.
He also earns revenue from Ice Age Entertainment, his independent record label. The rapper is a known philanthropist who gives to people in times of need.