The opening vocal sequence is a little melodramatic, but strong verses from Jay Rock and Kendrick make this an essential cut. It's also one of the most recent singles we've heard from the MC, so definitely a worthy addition to your Jay Rock catalogue, new and old fans alike.
10 Essential Jay Rock Tracks
Jay Rock ran with what could be deemed as a generic move by putting Lil Wayne on his first single "All My Life." However the Cool & Dre produced track is anything but mindless hip-hop. This is a solid track, and arguably Jay Rock's most popular.
"I was on the block right, wasn't in my right mind
Just a young nigga, hustling, trying to get mines"
Despite sounding just like Jeezy on the hook, this Justice League beat is perfect for Jay and Kendrick. The music video shows you around South Central LA where these guys came up, and since it was shot years ago it shows a younger and hungrier duo.
Jay Rock - Parental Advisory
Jay Rock goes g-funk on "Parental Advisory," and we are not mad at it at all. This is an old school cut that would make teenage Ice Cube go wild. You already know what to expect in the video: South Central gangster steeze. It's also another recent cut from the hardened MC, letting us know the direction he'll be taking in the coming year.
Black Hippy - UOENO (Remix)
Jay Rock and his Black Hippy peers absolutely bodied this sexy beat. They definitely set the bar higher with this remix than Rocko, Ross and Future could do with the original. The remix blew up across the internet right in time for Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron hype, and brought even more acclaim to Black Hippy.
Black Hippy - Say Whatsup
The Black Hippy cut off Follow Me Home was a smooth cut. Kendrick's flow in 2011 is nowhere near as intense as it is now, so this acts as a relic for one of hip-hop's best current MCs. Oh, but the other dudes come correct on the joint too, just check it out.
Jay Rock and Ab-Soul linked up on "No Joke" in 2010, giving an early peak in to the groundbreaking hip-hop TDE would start to put out. Nearing 2015, Top Dawg is one of the highly acclaimed hip-hop crews running. This is a throwback, but we know they'll have a ton of great music coming out soon!
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We pick our 10 essential tracks from Jay Rock, the Black Hippy / Top Dawg Entertainment MC.
Los Angeles-based Jay Rock signed to Top Dawg Entertainment in 2007, long before "Money Trees" were providing Grammy-nominated types of shade. The rapper, real name Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr. was born in 1986 and started rapping in 2005, releasing a bunch of mixtapes and what not. Along with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock counts himself as a part of the group Black Hippy, a highly acclaimed 'group' in modern hip-hop (if UOENO already).
The MC hasn't scored an obscene amount of mainstream acclaim, his biggest record was probably his 2011 single with Lil Wayne. Since then, Jay Rock has laid slightly low, popping up occasional to murk a feature or deliver a new single along with a music video.
We're sure it's all for good reason though, and we think Jay Rock is going to release a super-hot album next year. But before that, let's get better acquainted.