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Jay Rock
Jay Rock

Birth name

Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr.

Born

31 March 1986 (age 29)

Origin

Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States

Genres

Hip hop

Occupations

Rapper

Years active

2005-present

Labels

Top Dawg, Asylum, Warner Bros., Strange Music

Associated acts

Black Hippy, The Game, Glasses Malone, Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross, Tech N9ne, ScHoolboy Q

Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr. (born 31 March 1986), better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. Jay Rock grew up in the neighbourhood of Watts, which is notorious for its low income, gang and drug infested streets. Jay Rock ultimately chose to follow a music career over street life after Anthony Tiffith, CEO of independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment, heard him rapping in 2005 and subsequently signed him to his label.

Since 2006, Rock has relased several mixtapes and is perhaps best known for his 2008 commercial debut single "All My Life (In the Ghetto)", which features Lil Wayne and will.i.am. Rock is also known for being a member of hip hop supergroup Black Hippy, alongside his label-mates and fellow West Coast rappers Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. 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. The album included "All My Life (In the Ghetto)", and a second single titled "Hood Gone Love It", featuring his Black Hippy cohort Kendrick Lamar.

His second studio album, 90059, was released in September 2015. It was supported by the singles "Money Trees Deuce", "Gumbo" and its title track.

DiscographyEdit

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