JAY ROCK

Born Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., Rock was raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. With help from Top Dawg Entertainment, Rock shopped his demos and mixtapes, eventually landing a deal with Warner Bros. By the end of 2010, he had left Warner, but deepened his connection with TDE as a member of Black Hippy alongside Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul. 

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. Two of its inclusions were Grammy- nominated: "King's Dead" (for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song) and "Win" (also for Best Rap Song); "King's Dead" took home the award for Best Rap Performance. 

JAY ROCK

Born Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., Rock was raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. With help from Top Dawg Entertainment, Rock shopped his demos and mixtapes, eventually landing a deal with Warner Bros. By the end of 2010, he had left Warner, but deepened his connection with TDE as a member of Black Hippy alongside Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul. 

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. Two of its inclusions were Grammy- nominated: "King's Dead" (for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song) and "Win" (also for Best Rap Song); "King's Dead" took home the award for Best Rap Performance. 

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