Blessed with a resilient spirit, Jay Rocks sense of self-worth has never mirrored the deteriorated conditions of his Nickerson Gardens projects. They confined this Bloods youth. His emphatic voice rings true to many who have endured similar living conditions. The controlled angst which kneads his voice, whispers of witnessing death, arrested development and hope. With this hope combined with Jays natural gift of rhyme, and ruthless work-ethic, Hip-Hop entrusts its sound into his very capable hands. Reinforcing the legacy of the left-coast, this New West MC is at the precipice of lyrical acclaim and adoration. Will Jay Rock solidify his presence in Hip-Hops Hall of Fame? Only time possesses the answer. However, right now, is when Jay Rock will reveal which five MCs are among his personal, Top 5 Dead Or Alive!
AllHipHop.com: We have a section called, Top 5 Dead Or Alive, now according to Jay Rock, which MCs make your list?
Jay Rock: I got to say Tupac
AllHipHop.com: Tell me why you chose Tupac; why is he at the top?
Jay Rock: Why Tupac, why is he at the top; because he is my number one rapper! Thats all I used to listen to. I mean, Pac, he was real. Plus, he says what the f*** he wanted to say! And he didnt give a f*** who had something to say about it. You know what Im saying?
AllHipHop.com: Do you have a favorite verse by him?
Jay Rock: My favorite verse is [begins reciting verse from High Speed] I live high speed / slightly disillusioned by weed / I breed thug muthaf***as even worse than me / when I bleed my enemies best to flee quickly, on me / My army, ni**az deceive swiftly You dont remember that song?
AllHipHop.com: Not even a little bit.
Jay Rock: Its all good. Then theres another one. He had did a song with DJ Quik; that was crazy. Its called in the Late Night. That was one of my favorite records, too. You know, so shout to Quik! Yeah, Pac, hes my number one right there!
AllHipHop.com: And the next MC would be?
Jay Rock: Number two, I gotta sayI like Scarface! You feel me, Scarface is the one! I used to listen to Scarface! Man, he goes in; shout out to Scarface!
AllHipHop.com: I love you for that! He had me feeling long-faced when he was talking about retiring. But, what exactly is it about Facehis overall delivery, the depth of his lyrics
Jay Rock: Its him! Just all around, his lyrics, hes straight gutter/ghetto; he speaks from the heart. Every time he says what the f*** he feels; hes real! You know what Im saying, I like hearing that real s***, that real business. And Scarface is just that, real! I dont know why, Scarface, doesnt get mentioned in a lot of s***; but, hes in my Top 5! Hes number two; straight up.
AllHipHop.com: Earlier this year he released, Dopeman Music, you got that s***?
Jay Rock: What, do I got it? This is the Dopman music!
AllHipHop.com: Its pitiful, how they got me doing time / for a crime that I aint never committed / the bottom line is Im a black man / so my S-K-I-N is my S-I-N / and unless I win / Ill be headed to a cell in the pen [from The Ghetto Report]
Jay Rock: What, do I got that s***? I got that on repeat, man. This that Dopeman music that gets everybody high! Yeah, I know about that.
AllHipHop.com: Okay, and after Mr. Scarface, whos number three?
Jay Rock: After Scarface, I gotta say, Nas. I like Nas. Nas, he goes in! Hes like a project poet; he represents the projects. When he spits his stories are so vivid. He is a poet and he paints a real picture. When he raps his lyrics, I can see the whole picture. Hes a real project poet.
AllHipHop.com: Have you had the opportunity to meet him?
Jay Rock: Nah, I aint never met him. But, I ran across him a couple of times. Ive seen one of his shows, but I never met him. On that album with him and Damian Marley [Distant Relatives], he gave a shout out to my neighborhood [Nickerson Gardens in Watts, Los Angeles, CA]. I would like to thank Nas for that, straight up.
AllHipHop.com: Who follows Nas?
Jay Rock: I would have to say, Biggie Smalls. Yeah, I love Biggie. He had that swag with him. He brought that swag when he rapped; especially, because he was a ladies man. When he rapped that s***, I liked [it]. That s*** go hard, you feel me.
AllHipHop.com: Which album by him did you prefer?
Jay Rock: I like the Ready to Die album. That album right there is real crazy. Thats the one right there, straight up.
AllHipHop.com: Now, rounding it off, who is number five and why?
Jay Rock: Man, number five of my Top 5, I would have to say, my boy, Busta Rhymes. On some real s*** though, if it wasnt for Busta, I wouldnt even be rapping right now. Busta, really made me want to be a rapper, for real. On some real s***; because, Busta, brought that crazy delivery and that crazy new style. I did some research. I didnt know that back in the day he was with Leaders of the New School and with A Tribe Called QuestNative Tongue. You know, I had to do my homework and watch that [movement].
Busta, hes the one, straight up! His delivery is crazy. When he came out with that,
hit you with no delayin, so what you saying, yo / silly with your ice grilly what the deally- yo / when I be on the mic yes, I do my duty, yo / wild up in the club like we wildin in the studio / you dont want to violate, baby / really and truly-o / my main thug villain named, Julio / he moody, yo / type of brotha that will slap you with the toolly, yo The way he spitI got the chance to really meet himand he said thats how they talk. They way he was spitting, thats how they used to talk. I was like, thats crazy. Butsa Rhymes, thats the one!
AllHipHop.com: Is there anything that we need to look out for?
Jay Rock: Yeah, AllHipHop.com, look out for Jay Rocks Follow Me Home, coming soon. Over the years of my career, I appreciate the love and support from AllHipHop.com! Straight up, man; I love yall.