Roy Jones Jr. – Best Pound For Pound Rapper?

Best Pound For Pound boxer on the planet, it’s an unofficial title debated year after year. Roy Jones Jr. was not only a four-time world champion, he was the only boxer to win a title as light middleweight and go up in weight class all the way to heavyweight and win titles at each weight class. The Pensacola southpaw assassin was voted Boxer Of The Decade in the 90s and he’s still in the game after winning the vacated WBF Cruiserweight Title in Feb. 2017 with a win over Bobby Gunn two decades after his first title. His peers have continually praised his elite skills. Montell Griffin said, “Floyd Mayweather was no comparison as far as speed, Roy was faster” and George Foreman proclaimed Jones “hits like a heavyweight but moves like a lightweight”. You would think Roy would be satisfied with these accolades but he’s been an HBO commentator and released two solid rap albums that you might have missed. No one will ever compare Roy Jones’ skill on the mic to his boxing talent but you’ve got to check out “Round One: The Album” (2002) and “Body Head Bangerz” (2004).

 

In 1998, Roy Jones took advantage of his fortune and love of music and created his own record label, Body Head Productions. The label was more of a vanity project than a musical powerhouse but it afforded Roy the chance to release his two albums. “Round One” was not that different from a Master P or early Lil Wayne project. Southern Rap punctuated with phat beats, bravado, and guest vocals by prominent artists including Mystikal and Scarface. The lead single, “That Was Then” was a delicious hip hop track with soul singer, Dave Hollister providing a smooth chorus that balanced Roy’s biographical lyrics. The song went to #2 on the R&B singles chart! “Round One” opened with three of the best hype tracks of the era, “Who Wants To Get Knocked Out”, “Ya’ll Must Have Forgot”, and “And Still (Mr. Unbeatable)”. If you’re looking for motivation, look no further. The video for “Ya’ll” was featured on HBO Boxing and chronicled highlights from Jones’ incredible boxing career.

“THAT WAS THEN” – ROY JONES JR ft Dave Hollister

“YA’LL MUST HAVE FORGOT” – ROY JONES JR.

“Body Head Bangerz” featured Roy Jones Jr on the cover but it’s less a solo project and more of a group effort from his label mates. In addition to the Body Head Bangerz, Roy enlisted the efforts of Petey Pablo, Lil’ Boosie, Mike Jones, B.G., and Juvenile for the crunk-inspired album. The two best tracks, “Can’t Be Touched (Trouble Tha Truth)” and “Go Hard Go Home” were aggressive in-your-face proclamations that would no only be perfect for cranking up in your car but serve as introduction to the ring anthems. Despite reaching #38 on the R&B Albums chart, it was the last album Roy released. In 2009, a promotional single “Battle Of The Super Powers” was put out by Roy to promote his legendary comeback fight against Joe Calzaghe.

“CAN’T BE TOUCHED” (NSFW lyrics)

“GO HARD OR GO HOME” – (NSFW lyrics)