Jay Rock

Biography

Among the slickest West Coast rappers since he released his proper debut single, "All My Life" (2008), Jay Rock rode the momentum of being named to XXL's 2010 Freshman Class to deliver the Top 20 releases 90059 (2015) and Redemption (2018). Born Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., Rock was raised in the Watts neighborhood — specifically the Nickerson Gardens public housing complex — of Los Angeles, California. With most neighborhood teens joining a gang, he was in a no-win situation, since hanging with any of his childhood friends meant he was engaging in "antisocial behavior" according to the law. Two such incidents found Rock violating the area's gang injunction and landing in jail. These hard times influenced the rapper's lyrics, and soon appearances on local mixtapes found him rapping in a hard style reminiscent of local hero the Game. With help from Top Dawg Entertainment, Rock shopped his demos and mixtapes, eventually landing a deal with Warner Bros. In 2008, the major label released his single "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" with guest stars Lil Wayne and will.i.am. By the end of 2010, he had left Warner, but had deepened his connection with TDE as a member of Black Hippy beside contemporaries Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul. Additionally, he was named to XXL magazine's 2010 Freshman Class.
Still with TDE and temporarily supported by Tech N9ne's Strange Music, Rock released Follow Me Home in 2011. The album contained "All My Life," as well as Rock's second official single, the Kendrick Lamar collaboration "Hood Gone Love It," and reached number 83 on the Billboard 200. Between full-length projects, Rock's biggest move was an appearance on "Money Trees," a track off Lamar's landmark 2012 album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. Lamar returned the favor on Rock's 2015 sophomore release, 90059 (titled after the Watts zip code). It debuted at number 16 and featured "Money Trees Deuce," a number 35 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop single. In 2018, after he survived a serious motorcycle accident, Rock joined with Lamar, Future, and James Blake for the number 21 pop hit "King's Dead," which appeared on Marvel's Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack. Rock's third proper album, Redemption, followed that June via Interscope and entered the Billboard 200 at number 13. ~ David Jeffries & Andy Kellman, Rovi

Birth Date: March 31, 1985

Origin: Los Angeles, CA [Watts]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap 

Years Active: '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    10

    The Cowan

    Monday, September 10, 2018

    Start: Friday, July 27, 2018

    Ends: Monday, September 10, 2018

    Nashville, TN

    Artists: Jay Rock, Trouble and The Reason


    12

    Granada

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Lawrence, KS

    Artists: Jay Rock


    16

    Mod Club

    Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Start: Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Ends: Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: Jay Rock


    18

    Irving Plaza presented by Cricket Wireless

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    New York, NY

    Artists: Jay Rock, The Reason and Trouble


    21

    Middle East - Downstairs

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Friday, September 21, 2018

    Cambridge, MA

    Artists: Jay Rock


    25

    Baltimore Soundstage

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Start: Monday, July 2, 2018

    Ends: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Baltimore, MD

    Artists: Jay Rock


    27

    The Underground

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Charlotte, NC

    Artists: Jay Rock, The Reason and Trouble


    5

    Marquis Theater

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Friday, October 5, 2018

    Denver, CO

    Artists: Jay Rock and The Reason


    9

    Imperial

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    Start: Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Ends: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    Vancouver, BC

    Artists: Jay Rock


    11

    Hawthorne Theatre

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Portland, OR

    Artists: Jay Rock, The Reason and Trouble


    15

    Harlow's

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Start: Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Ends: Monday, October 15, 2018

    Sacramento, CA

    Artists: The Reason, Jay Rock and Trouble


    18

    The New Parish

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Start: Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Ends: Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Oakland, CA

    Artists: Jay Rock, The Reason and Trouble


    24

    The Observatory

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Santa Ana, CA

    Artists: Jay Rock


    25

    Soma

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Start: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Ends: Thursday, October 25, 2018

    San Diego, CA

    Artists: Jay Rock


    Followers

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    Influencers

  • The Game

    Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap