How Jay Rock’s Road to ‘Redemption’ Led to His Salvation

Highsnobiety - 02-21


Few albums last year were as aptly titled as Jay Rock’s Redemption. Since being the very first signee of the then-nascent label Top Dawg Entertainment in 2005, his career has often been characterized as being stalled or grounded in order to make way for the projects of his label mates, a group that includes Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul. These representations could’t be further from reality. “We all came up in the kennel together as little puppies,” Jay tells us a few hours before hitting the stage of the Berlin stop of his ‘Redemption’ tour.