Orlando Jones may be splitting his time between starring in two smash hits on the tube - Adult Swim's Black Dynamite and FOX's Sleepy Hollow - but the more than versatile man has found time to add another pursuit to his decorated résumé. Of all the things the things Jones is up to these days if you did not guess that rapping was among his many talents then you truly whiffed and were not paying close attention. This kind of mental lapse would cause Dr. Lee to look at you with the same contempt that was directed at Clifford Franklin by his teammates.
We can discuss the countless roles Jones has earned listed in his filmography from sunrise to sunset. But people still forget that in addition to his acting and comedic talents he did hone his interviewing skills on the likes of Nirvana, The Flaming Lips and Arrested Development on the show SoundFX on the then fledgling FX cable channel. He would later have his own self-titled late night talk show on the aforementioned channel where he had musical guests such as Kanye West, Maroon Five and David Banner. So it should not be a stretch that Jones would be in the mix musically to anyone these days or for that matter at all.
“I’m a big fan of the Steve Jobs quote that launched Apple’s “Think Different” campaign in 1997” Jones explained to the press. “It says - Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square hole, the ones who see things differently--- they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world---are the ones who do."
But one question remains with his current effort. That is the proverbial why now?
"Thug Music Vol. 1 Play at MAXIMUM Volume", which is deemed "not intended to be a Top-40 joint" by any stretch of the imagination, is a means for Jones to respond to the recent deaths of black males in Florida including Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. A topic which will never seemingly go away even while it is being addressed throughout America especially on every available social media platform. Jones has been quick to let the public know that he is speaking as a concerned private citizen especially when relating the previous quote to the two fallen young men and countless others who have been involved in miscarriages of justice.
“I am not a politician. I am not an academic. I have no earthly idea how to create systemic change on a policy level so that people stop dying and get written off as another statistic. However, I do believe in the transformative power of narrative storytelling across a multitude of platforms", Jones shared. "Media representations of persons of color matter. How we see ourselves and how others see us represented in popular culture sets the stage for how we will navigate a world where privilege is the Golden Rule--“Those Who Have The Gold Make The Rules".
In the end with the narrative Jones has put forth one can see that he's definitely no slouch when it comes to a hot topic. He does not have any plans to back down from the statements he has made either in the visual or written form anytime soon. Rather than shying away from a possible storm he embraces the challenge of it just as he has with the many professional endeavors he has embarked on throughout his career.