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Christmas isn’t always a holiday where everything goes right, and for Jim Jones, this was that year. Yesterday, the Harlem rapper posted a video on Instagram of the aftermath of his mother, Mama Jones,’ Englewood, NJ, home burning down. Although it was a tragic to see his mother’s home go up in flames, on Christmas no less, the 41-year-old was still able to see the blessing in it all. He said in the video:

“On this Christmas, my mom’s house just burned down, but the best gift of all is that my family – all my family – is together. Everybody is safe…Sometimes, you just gotta count your blessings…We can always buy new houses, we can buy everything new, but we can’t buy a family new…So, maybe this is a time [for us] to be closer together anyways.  We might needed that.  I don’t know if this was the price to pay for that, but they say God does everything for a reason.”

In Jim’s caption, he mentioned that he wasn’t raised by his mother, but his son was, so his heart ached especially for him. Jim has been very candid about how his maternal grandmother had been more of the traditional mother figure in his life, but the Dipset lyricist has a “family is family” mentality, meaning no matter what kind of relationship he did or didn’t have with his mother as a child, he will always treat Nancy Jones with the respect that a mother deserves.

The house had particular significance for Jim because, as he said, “This was the the house that I bought my moms when I first got some money off the promise that I made to her when I was a child.” Jim said he plans to buy his mother another home which he said will be the “biggest house [he] can afford and fill it with more love.”

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