Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jay Rock talks Rick Ross collaboration and Dr. Dre's influence

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

When people discuss the revival of West Coast hip hop, they usually end up mentioning Jay Rock. The rapper rose to national fame over a year ago. Legendary West Coast rapper, Ice Cube, decided to name his album I Am the West. The title of the album caused Jay Rock to speak out.

Jay Rock stayed in the news for most of 2010 just because he had something to say about Ice Cube. But, with the feud in the past, the focus is back on his debut album. The Strange Music rapper is determined to bring the West back with his album, Follow me Home.

The album will feature a collaboration with Rick Ross, a major boost for a newcomer. Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, "Finest Hour" will likely be a single off the upcoming album. Jay Rock said he recorded his part of the record in Atlanta and ran into Rick Ross and Birdman in Miami. During their encounter, he asked Rick Ross to be on the record and he agreed.

While Dr. Dre does not provide any production for the album, he has been working with Jay Rock on the album. Jay Rock credits Dr. Dre for his guidance while he has worked on this album. The Watts rapper revealed he mixed his album in Dr. Dre's studio. Dr. Dre mixed most of the songs on the album, including his first single, "All My Life." It has been big, to Jay Rock, to have him working so closely on his debut album, which will feature appearances from Will.i.am, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.

Jay Rock's Follow Me Home is being prepared for a July 26 release date.


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