Jay Rock Speaks About His Motorcycle Accident For The First Time (Video)
February 15, 2016 was a day of mixed emotions for the Top Dawg Entertainment family. The record label, which is the home to Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SZA and more, was riding high as Kendrick Lamar took home 5 Grammy Awards, including the one for Best Rap Album. However, just before Lamar took the stage for one of the evenings most buzzed about performances, the team got word that Jay Rock, the label’s flagship artist, was involved in a motorcycle accident, and had sustained serious injuries.
Now, more than 3 months later, Jay Rock has recovered enough to begin performing again and, just after his second performance since his accident, he spoke with Sway’s Universe about what happened, for the first time. “Basically, [I was] just doing what real dudes do,” Rock told reporter Nicky G. “I was on my bike. You know, accidents happen. That’s all I got to say. By God’s grace, he protected me the whole way.” When asked to detail the extent of his injuries, the Watts MC said “I had broke my leg and cracked my pelvis, but you see it only took me a couple weeks to get back out here. They can’t bring a strong one down.” During his interview, footage is shown of Jay Rock performing at the Soundset 2016 festival in Minnesota, and he looks energetic and no worse for the wear.
Rock is also asked about advice he’s gotten from Hip-Hop legends during his career. In detailing some of the words of wisdom, he says “I got a lot of gems from a lot of OGs in the game, like E-40, Busta Rhymes, DJ Quik, [Dr.] Dre, Snoop…The number one thing is hustle like you broke, and keep that passion.”
Lastly, Jay Rock says the TDE engine is in high gear for 2016. “Q just dropped a new single, “THat Part,” with Kanye. You got Soulo on the way. I was just in the studio. He played some crazy stuff…Whatever [Top Dawg] says, that’s what goes. You might get Soulo or you might get ScHoolboy Q, or you might just get some Jay Rock. You never know.”