13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s easy to forget that Jay Rock was the first artist to break out of the Top Dawg camp a decade ago, considering the amount of brilliance that consistently emanates from the label (Kendrick, SZA, ScHoolboy Q). The Watts MC tells his often-overlooked story in full on the introspective “OSOM,” sighing, “Outta sight, outta mind/Feeling like I’m running out of time.” Capitalizing on his scene-stealing verse on “King’s Dead” (which first appeared on the Kendrick-curated Black Panther soundtrack), Redemption proves that he is, in fact, right on time—a rapper at the very top of his game, aggressively reclaiming whatever attention that's slipped him by in the past.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s easy to forget that Jay Rock was the first artist to break out of the Top Dawg camp a decade ago, considering the amount of brilliance that consistently emanates from the label (Kendrick, SZA, ScHoolboy Q). The Watts MC tells his often-overlooked story in full on the introspective “OSOM,” sighing, “Outta sight, outta mind/Feeling like I’m running out of time.” Capitalizing on his scene-stealing verse on “King’s Dead” (which first appeared on the Kendrick-curated Black Panther soundtrack), Redemption proves that he is, in fact, right on time—a rapper at the very top of his game, aggressively reclaiming whatever attention that's slipped him by in the past.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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4.7 out of 5
226 Ratings
226 Ratings
brendan_casey

Jay Rock🔥

You already know it’s heat🔥🔥🔥

Brandians

Stop sleeping on Rock

My boy the 🐐 90059 slept on. Can’t wait for this greatness

Mr. C. Freeman

Jay Rock

Redemption

About Jay Rock

Born in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, hardcore rapper Jay Rock was raised in the Nickerson Gardens Projects. With most neighborhood teens joining a gang, it was a no-win situation for Rock, since hanging with any of his childhood friends meant he was engaging in "anti-social 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 the help of Top Dawg Entertainment, he shopped his demos and mixtapes, eventually landing a deal with Warner Bros. The major label released his single "All My Life" with guest star Lil Wayne in 2008, and then partnered him with the Game for the West Coast anthem "Follow Me Home." In 2011, the latter cut would become the title track to his debut album, which featured Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, will.i.am, Chris Brown, Tech N9ne, and Rick Ross. Lamar returned for Rock's 2015 sophomore release 90059, an album named after the Watts zip code. It debuted at number 16 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and featured additional guests like SZA, Isaiah Rashad, Busta Rhymes, Macy Gray, and more. In 2018, Rock joined with Lamar, Future, and James Blake for the track "King's Dead," which appeared on Marvel's Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

HOMETOWN
Los Angeles, CA [Watts]
BORN
March 31, 1985

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