Label: TDE Ent

Jay Rock was the first Top Dawg Ent. artist to earn the ear of mainstream hip-hop, when he signed to Warner Bros. in 2007 and released the Lil Wayne-assisted “All My Life (In The Ghetto)” the following year. But of late, the Watts native hasn’t won the same recognition as his Black Hippy cohorts Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul.

That’s of no fault of his own, though. Rock dropped the stellar Follow Me Home in 2011, which included hardened rhymes and strong guest spots from the likes of Chris Brown and Tech N9ne. You can bet the gruff wordsmith won’t be overlooked this time around, as the TDE movement continues to pick up steam. Fans have gotten very excited about Rock’s recent performances on “Money Trees” and “U.O.E.N.O. (Remix).”Adam Fleischer