My First Whip: Jim Jones

The rapper talks his first set of wheels.

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As told to Toshitaka Kondo

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? A forest-green ’97 Acura CL with black leather and tinted windows.

DO YOU REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU PAID FOR IT? I had sex with this girl, and she bought the car for me. She gave me enough for the down payment—like five stacks!

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN THAT CAR? The Tunnel [nightclub in New York City]. But the city was rocking so much back then, every place was a good place to go.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN IT? I got in two acci- dents, back to back. Somebody was getting out of a parking space, wasn’t looking, and hit the front of my car. I didn’t have a license plate, so I was trying to get out of there, and a bus hit me.

HOW LONG DID YOU HAVE THE CAR? Two years. But I was young and irresponsible, and I forgot a couple payments, so it got repo’d. I was hustlin’.