Jay Rock

Born Mar 31, 1986

Johnny Reed McKinzie Jr., better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper. He was named one of the top 13 most street artists by XXL. His voice has been called a cross between Immortal Technique and Shyne. He is a part of the rap group Black Hippy which also features Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. Rock signed to Strange Music and released his long-awaited debut studio album Follow Me Home on July 26, 2011.… Read More

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1985 Birth Jay Rock was born Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., on March 31, 1985. … Read More


2005 20 Years Old In 2005, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, chief executive officer (CEO) of independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), found Rock and signed him to his label, after hearing a verse of his. … Read More
2008 23 Years Old Rock released his commercial debut single, "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" in late 2008, featuring fellow American recording artists Lil Wayne and … Read More
In 2010, Rock was featured on the cover of XXL's annual Top 10 Freshmen issue.
On June 21, 2011 Rock released his second single, "Hood Gone Love It", featuring Kendrick Lamar.
2012 27 Years Old 1 More Event
During 2012, Rock toured with the rest of Black Hippy and MMG artist Stalley, on BET's Music Matters Tour.
2013 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He would later perform "Money Trees", with Lamar, at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, along with appearing in the TDE Cypher. … Read More
After the release of label-mate Ab-Soul's album These Days in June 2014, TDE's CEO confirmed that Jay Rock would be the next artist from the label to release an album.


2016 31 Years Old On February 15, 2016 Jay Rock was involved in a harsh motorcycle accident according to Top Dawg Entertainment's CEO Anthony Tiffith. … Read More
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