Mike Jones Prepping New Album 'The Voice'

Nearly 4 years after his surprise hit album Who Is Mike Jones, Houston rapper Mike Jones will release his much-delayed follow-up The Voice. Aware of the difficult sales climate in today's album market, Jones was careful in making sure his singles generated enough buzz for the project.

After receiving a good reception from the tracks "Cuddy Buddy," Drop & Gimme 50, and "Next To You," the Houston native is confident in the LP's momentum.

Jones is also hopeful this album will dispel any lingering thoughts with critics and fans that attribute his first album's success to Houston's 2005 mainstream popularity.

"This album is what I wanted my first album to be," Jones explained. "I'm showing more of myself to the world, more of my writing skills and my personality."

The Voice features a balanced combination of street and dance Hip-Hop courtesy of production from Mr. Collipark, Jim Jonsin, J.R. Rotem, and Drumma Boy.

On the artist side, Jones has enlisted appearances Lil Wayne, T.I., Twista, Trey Songz, Hurricane Chris, Plies, and Akon.

Even with the loaded guest spots, Jones is cognizant of making sure his presence is not lost on the album.

"There are many side to Mike Jones," he stated. "I want my fans to get to know all of them."

The Voice will be in stores April 14 via Asylum Records.