Jay Rock
Jay Rock

Birth name

Johnny Reed McKinzie Jr.


March 31, 1986 (1986-03-31) (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Hip hop



Years active



Top Dawg, Asylum, Warner Bros., Strange Music

Associated acts

Black Hippy, The Game, Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross, Tech N9ne, YG

Johnny Reed McKinzie Jr. (born March 31, 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 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 fellow Black Hippy member 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. In 2018, he released his third studio album, Redemption.


Studio albumsEdit

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