Jay Rock
American rapper
Jay Rock
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.
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Fox News - about 2 months
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Kendrick and Co. celebrate the community and spirit of Nickerson Gardens
LATimes - 2 months
“The only thing that changed around here are the color of the projects, the color of the bricks.” That’s rapper Jay Rock telling The Times about the place where he grew up, Nickerson Gardens housing project. On Tuesday afternoon, Rock returned to Nickerson to throw the third-annual community concert...
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One Of The Most Affordable Options For Retirement In The Caribbean
Huffington Post - 5 months
An Affordable Piece Of Paradise In The Caribbean I am a big fan of little Belize. I've been recommending Ambergris Caye, Belize's Caribbean face, for years and, more recently, the country's Cayo District for its back-to-basics self-resilient lifestyle. Another part of this country is worth a look, too. Northern Belize is a remote region of tropical rivers, hardwood forests, traditional farms, sleepy rural villages, and breezy Caribbean seashores. This is a refreshingly off-the-radar place where residents embrace a simple, friendly, by-the-sea lifestyle. It is also the best value destination in Belize and one of the most affordable options for retirement in the Caribbean. Northern Belize is an area of about 2,500 square miles and the point where the Caribbean and Central America meet. As that geographic juxtaposition suggests, the population is diverse, and it is becoming more so as North American retirees are beginning to recognize what this overlooked part of Belize has t ...
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Abducted Woman Dumped in Cemetery; Phillies Opening Day; Rock Climber Injured in Bucks Cty
iradio philly - almost 2 years
A woman allegedly abducted from a parking garage near Jewelers Row is recovering from injuries she sustained during her ordeal. The 53 year old victim says she was abducted Saturday night by three men in a van who bound her wrists, ankles, and shot...
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Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock Sound Off On Black Hippy's XXL Cover
MTV News - over 3 years
Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul will be the first to tell you that Kendrick Lamar deserves every bit of his success, but the Black Hippy rappers also want to make it clear that that the group equally encompasses all four members. After their recent XXL cover story was revealed, Ab-Soul took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the cover line "With Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy," and Q echoes the same sentiments. "That's so disrespectful," Schoolboy Q told MTV News. "We didn't go into that shoot saying 'this is Kendrick with Black Hippy.' We went in there and said, 'This is a Black Hippy shoot,' so we expect a Black Hippy shoot." Hear Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock sound off in the clip above.
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<i>good kid, m.A.A.d city</i>, One Year Later
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's hard to believe that it has been 365 days since Compton's own Kendrick Lamar leapt from parade watcher to Hip Hop's Grand Marshall of the moment. This is not to say that Overly Dedicated, Section .80 or even his earlier K.Dot material was not significant, but in today's Hip Hop a hot mixtape is similar to being ranked high in a preseason poll, a nice accomplishment but nothing to hang a banner over. Even with the buzz Kendrick's underground music created and the numerous co-signs of music legends like Snoop, Dr. Dre, and Lil Wayne it hard to believe that anyone foresaw the impact that good kid, m.A.A.d city (GKMC) would have on music and beyond. In 12 interwoven tracks (15 on the deluxe version) Kendrick takes us on a day in the life journey of a teenage Black male in Compton, Ca. Fraught with moments of hope, conflict, struggle, and reflection the album was the rare work that was as popular as it was substantive. Kendrick's Sherane became just as emblematic of an urban experie ...
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The Best Performances At The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last night the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards aired featuring some of the most notable MCs on today’s music scene. And aside from a few questionable fashion moments on the red carpet, the annual show also showcased some great performances from the likes of 2 Chainz, Juvenile, Kendrick Lamar, Diddy, and Snoop Dogg, to name a few. Check out a few of our favorite performance highlights below. 2 Chainz, Mannie Fresh, &amp; Juvenile French Montana, Diddy, Rick Ross, &amp; Snoop Dogg Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, &amp; Jay Rock Meek Mill PHOTOS:
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Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko, The Independent Kings
All Hip Hop - over 3 years
With the exception of Busta Rhymes and Spliff Starr, you will not find a more dynamic stage duo in all of Hip-Hop than Strange Music’s own Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko. Most hype-men usually serve as that annoying extra mouth-piece on stage that you silently wish would go away, but Krizz Kaliko has found that unique and extraordinary chemistry with Tech N9ne that gives an added element of power and energy to a live Tech N9ne show – so much that the two can actually be mistaken as a group rather than a solo act. Last week at Rock the Bells 2013, Tech and Krizz once again set it off and even made it hard for the remaining headlining acts to follow them. If you’ve never seen them perform “Einstein” live, I highly suggest that you put attending a Tech N9ne show on your list of things to do. And that shouldn’t be hard for you to do since they travel damn near everywhere practically all year around. Before they tore up the Rock the Bells stage at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Southern Calif ...
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Schoolboy Q Thinks He 'Should've Won' Hottest MC, Black Hippy Laughs
MTV News - almost 4 years
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway There’s no questioning the loyalty that exists within Black Hippy, but when it comes to MC’in, the California rap collective refuse to bow down to anyone-- not even each other. So how did Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q react to Kendrick Lamar’s "Hottest MC" win on Thursday night? Exactly how you'd expect! "I’m better than all of them, I should’ve won," Schoolboy Q told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway after he and his band of brothers learned that K-Dot topped the "Hottest MC in the Game VIII" list. "I’m better than him," the "Hands on the Wheel" spitter said jokingly trying to hold back his laughter. Jay Rock on the other hand was amazed that Kendrick snagged the #1 spot, though he credited the win to a great work ethic in the studio. "Me and Dot had this talk a long time ago. We used to sit in the studio just trying to figure it out," he said. "All of us, not just me and Dot, but Soul, Q. We were just tryin’ to ...
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Multiple marches mark Poland holiday - UPI.com
Google News - over 4 years
The Guardian Multiple marches mark Poland holiday UPI.com WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Police in Warsaw reported using tear gas to quell violence during a dozen protest marches Sunday marking Polish Independence Day. Rocks were hurled at officers during a rally held by ultra-nationalist political parties in ... Polish police repell ultranationalistsDeutsche Welle Polish police clashes with rightwing protesters on national holidayVoice of Russia - UK Edition all 204 news articles »
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Rap Genius: Album Review: Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Aarica West Kendrick Lamar has been the exception to the rule in many regards throughout his life. While the divorce rate is steadily on the rise, Lamar was privileged to have grown up with both a mother and a father in his household. Living in the rough, gang-ridden city of Compton, he chose not to be involved in gangs -- a choice that usually leaves one dead. And in a rap game where real emcees find it hard to sell, the powerful lyricist steadfastly wins over the hearts of rap fans. good kid, m.A.A.d city marks Lamar's first release on a major label, Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment. Whereas other rappers falter when converting to major label companies, Dr. Dre gave Lamar the green light to keep doing what he knows how to do best; last year with the help of two other West Coast legends, Snoop Dogg and The Game, Dr. Dre passed the torch to Lamar naming him the heir to the throne of West Coast rap. On GKMC, Lamar's vernacular remains rich with swagger ...
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The Best Rap Album Of The Year
Huffington Post - over 4 years
-- Kendrick Lamar, "good kid, m.A.A.d city" (Interscope Records) Kendrick Lamar is an up-and-coming rapper hailing from Los Angeles with a reputation already built through the underground scene as one of hip-hop's best lyricists. With the backing of Dr. Dre, the socially conscious emcee continues to enhance that stature on "good kid, m.A.A.d city," a cohesive album filled with classic gems. He takes his storytelling ability to a higher level on his major label debut, a follow-up to his 2011 independent release, "Section.80," that received positive reviews. On his new offering, Lamar's rap cadences are finely in sync with the stellar production by Pharrell, Tha Bizness, Hit-Boy, Just Blaze and others. The album is an open book of soulful stories that are intertwined through entertaining and thought-provoking skits, with Lamar telling several compelling moments of his upbringing in Compton, the gritty city southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Lamar recalls when ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of October 11-17. THURSDAY 10/11 HOSPITALITY, TEEN, MINDEN (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week! ALEXIS GIDEON: VIDEO MUSICS III: FLOATING OCEANS (Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy) Read our article on Alexis Gideon. EXITMUSIC, GRAPEFRUIT (Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Boardwalk Empire actress Aleksa Palladino performs with her husband, Devon Church, as Exitmusic, and their morose debut album, Passage, was given a release on indie titan Secretly Canadian. It's a pretty, tense record with widescreen sounds and broad sonic strokes that have been sandblasted into cushiony, comforting breaths of air. Palladino's voice ranges from a gentle coo to an overwrought tremble, and Exitmusic favors sensation over content, resulting in an album that sounds pleasant when it's on and doesn't linger too long in the memory once it's off. Grapefruit is the glittering kosmische turn from Charlie Salas Humara, ...
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Green Day's 'Rock Star Moment'
ABC News - over 4 years
ABC's TJ Winick takes a quick ride with the guys from the iconic punk rock band.
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Lady Gaga Wants Kendrick Lamar's Album Out 'Now'
MTV News - over 4 years
Lady Gaga showed her support for labelmate Kendrick Lamar on Twitter and at the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend. By Rob Markman &lt;P&gt;Having more than 27 million monsters on your trail is more than enough to rattle even the bravest of souls, but &lt;a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/kendrick_lamar/artist.jhtml"&gt;Kendrick Lamar&lt;/a&gt; welcomes the attention that comes with a few tweets from Lady Gaga. "That's a real good friend... a real good friend," K-Dot &lt;a href="http://www.thesource.com/articles/231688/Exclusive%3A-Kendrick-Lamar-Talks-Friendship-With-Lady-GaGa?tw_p=twt" target="_blank"&gt;told&lt;/a&gt; the Source on Sunday of the pop megastar.&lt;/P&gt;&lt;P&gt;It all began on the Fourth of July, when Gaga sent a tweet to her Interscope labelmate and hashtagged his &lt;i&gt;Section.80&lt;/i&gt; single "Rigamortis," but she turned th ...
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On Our Nation's Independence Day, Rocky Mountain Mattress Announces $1000 Scholarship Via a Patriotic Essay Contest in Conjunction with The Mark Forester Foundation
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Rockymountainmattress.com has partnered with The Mark Forester Foundation to provide a $1000 college scholarship to the winner of the patriotic-themed “Honor the Heroes” essay contest. Any student who will be enrolled in college during the 2013 calendar year is eligible to enter the scholarship contest.Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 04, 2012 Rockymountainmattress.com will be contributing to The Mark Forester Foundation scholarship fund via an essay contest; the contest’s winner will receive a $1000 scholarship in Mark Forester’s name to the school of his or her choice. ...
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[News] Ab-Soul "Control System" Album Stream
HipHop DX - almost 5 years
UPDATE #2: Ab-Soul enlists Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and more for "Control System."
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jay Rock
  • 2016
    Age 29
    On February 15, 2016 Jay Rock was involved in a harsh motorcycle accident according to Top Dawg Entertainment's CEO Anthony Tiffith.
    More Details Hide Details According to Complex, he recovered very well, however he had a lot of broken bones. He was in surgery and successfully came out of it. He is set to perform at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California on March 3.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    On November 15, 2014, Rock appeared on NBC late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live, alongside the musical guest Lamar, where they performed "Pay For It".
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    On October 29, 2014, Jay Rock released a song titled "Pay for It", featuring Kendrick Lamar and Chantal Kreviazuk, as a promotional single.
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    In September 2014, Tech N9ne revealed that Rock had left his Strange Music imprint and is now only signed to Top Dawg Entertainment.
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    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 26
    In November 2013, Rock told Power 105 that his second studio album would be released in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details With the release of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations, it was revealed Rock was nominated for Album of the Year as a featured artist for participating on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city.
    He would later perform "Money Trees", with Lamar, at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, along with appearing in the TDE Cypher.
    More Details Hide Details XXL named his verse the fourth best of the night.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    In October 2012, Rock's appearance on Kendrick Lamar's major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was highly significant as he was the only other rapper from Black Hippy, to be featured on the standard edition of the album.
    More Details Hide Details Rock is featured on the song "Money Trees", for which his verse was highly acclaimed.
    During 2012, Rock toured with the rest of Black Hippy and MMG artist Stalley, on BET's Music Matters Tour.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    In 2011, after signing his joint-venture deal with Strange Music, Rock's often-delayed and long-awaited debut studio album, Follow Me Home, was released in July of that year.
    More Details Hide Details The album was supported by the singles "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" and "Hood Gone Love It". His second studio album 90059 was released on September 11, 2015. It was supported by the singles "Money Trees Deuce", "Gumbo" and the title track.
    His debut album Follow Me Home was released on July 26, 2011 under independent record labels Strange Music and Top Dawg.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at #83 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,300 copies in its first week. "Hood Gone Love It" was featured in the character trailer for Franklin, a main protagonist in the video-game Grand Theft Auto V. The song is also featured in the in-game radio station Radio Los Santos.
    On June 21, 2011 Rock released his second single, "Hood Gone Love It", featuring Kendrick Lamar.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    His mixtape Black Friday, was released December 7, 2010 to iTunes.
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    Jay Rock then signed with indie record label Strange Music in the Fall of 2010, on a multi-album deal after leaving from Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Jay Rock then went on tour with Tech N9ne, E-40, Glasses Malone, Kutt Calhoun and Kendrick Lamar on the "Independent Grind National Tour".
    Rock's mixtape Tales From the Hood 2 went to iTunes on March 28, 2010 and his mixtape From the Hood to the Cover of XXL was released to iTunes on July 24, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He also toured with 50 Cent, and other rappers on The Invitation Tour. Around the same time he left Warner Bros. due to them delaying his album.
    He was also named by MTV one of 2010's breakthrough MCs.
    More Details Hide Details Jay Rock was featured on Omarion's song "Hoodie" and was supposed to be featured on Flo Rida's third studio album Only One Flo but was left off the final track listing.
    In 2010, Rock was featured on the cover of XXL's annual Top 10 Freshmen issue.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    Rock released his commercial debut single, "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" in late 2008, featuring fellow American recording artists Lil Wayne and will.i.am.
    More Details Hide Details The single was promoted as one of "iTunes's Free Downloads" in early 2009.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After signing to TDE, Rock released several mixtapes throughout his neighborhood and via the internet. With the help of TDE, Rock was able to secure a recording contract with Asylum Records and later a joint venture deal with Warner Bros. Records, in 2007.
  • 1985
    Age -2
    Jay Rock was born Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., on March 31, 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Rock was raised in Watts, Los Angeles, California, in the Nickerson Gardens projects. As a youth, he became a member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang and attended Locke High School. During this time, he had been jailed on two separate occasions, due to the areas anti-gang injunction.
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