Jay Rock, member of the famed “Black Hippy” group, featuring none other than Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, has finally released new material, in the form of a brand new single Money Trees Deuce. It has been long overdue for the 29 year old, who is often left to dwell in the shadow of his more successful friends and peers.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting a sophomore release from Rock, as he is the only renowned artist left under Top Dawg Entertainment to have not released an album since 2011. In this time we have seen Ab-Soul release his long awaited These Days.. project, while Kendrick and Schoolboy Q have achieved mainstream success with their own projects. Fans who are less familiar with Jay Rock’s body of work would find him most recognisable from his feature on the Kendrick track Money Trees, and it would appear that Rock is playing off this familiarity with such a similar track name.
Compared to his label mates, Rock brings a depth and a heavier tone to his music, and is definitely the most hardened member of the group (I don’t think I have ever seen a photo of him smiling). The track itself is a sombre continuation of his verse on Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and highlights his hardships, trials and tribulations as he struggles with success and the path he has taken to get there. The beat itself shares similarities to Money Trees; a dark and chilling tone, horns blaring, while Rock spits straight fire.
Get your fire emojis ready kids, Jay Rock is back in a big way.