Written by on August 17, 2021

Jim Jones and the rest of Dipset participated in an epic Verzuz battle against The LOX earlier this month. Held at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City, the packed event provided an evening of powerful nostalgia as both veteran groups ran through their biggest hits.

But it looks like Jones paid for it with his health. According to a recent Instagram video, the 45-year-old rapper previously tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging everyone to take the pandemic seriously.

“I was contemplating whether I should do this or keep my business to myself, but I think it’s more important for me to do this,” he said. “I urge everybody to stay safe out there. COVID is real. I was runnin’ ’round here thinking I was Superman and COVID knocked the socks off Superman.

“So I urge and encourage everybody to please continue to mask up, please continue with hand sanitizer, social distance as much as you can, try to stay away from as many packed and crowded places. This is no joke. I really felt it and I don’t want anybody to feel like how I felt.”

Wow, of course… Multiple Hip Hop artists have already lost their lives to COVID-19, including Fred The Godson who passed away in April 2020 and New Orleans DJ Black N Mild who died in April. Most recently, Bay Area Hip Hop staple Zumbi of the duo Zion who died  over the weekend shortly after testing positive for COVID-19, however his death is now under investigation by the Berkeley police.

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