Hip hop star Jay Rock was born Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr among the violent streets of Watts, Los Angeles, California on March 31, 1986. It was there, in the Nickerson Gardens projects, where he learned then turned from a life of crime after multiple visits to jail as a member of the town’s Bounty Hunter Bloods gang. Like many in the projects, Jay Rock used music to pull away from the drugs and violence surrounding him, releasing numerous songs and mixtapes on the internet and in his neighborhood. And in 2005, he was discovered by the CEO of record label Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith.
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2. Income & Salary
Top Dawg Entertainment was a rising independent label producing such standouts as Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and superstar Kendrick Lamar. Quickly, using his partnership with Top Dawg Entertainment, Jay Rock developed a joint recording contract with Asylum and Warner Bros. Records. Growing up in the Nickerson Gardens projects, Jay Rock used his experiences to release his debut commercial single, “All My Life (In the Ghetto)” that featured rap star Lil Wayne. The single earned Rock enough acclaim to be named one of MTV’s top breakthrough rappers and XXL’s Top 10 newcomers to Hip Hop – where he appeared on the cover. In the summer of 2011, TDE partner Kendrick Lamar featured on Rock’s second commercial single, “Hood Gone Love It” which appeared on debut album Follow Me Home. That favor was returned on Lamar’s major debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city on the song, “Money Trees”. Jay Rock’s verse on the song brought him more fame and acclaim, culminating in a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year as a featured artist. He is now working on a second album and has released its first single, “Pay For It,” which also features Kendrick Lamar along with Chantal Kreviazuk.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
Jay Rock is estimated to have earned $500,000 in 2013 and $100,000 in 2014. He has, himself, proclaimed to not yet be a millionaire in the song, “Westside”, having a current estimated 2015 net worth of $300,000.
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