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.