Jay Rock Celebrates His Grammy With Some G-Funk
Two weeks ago, Jay Rock won his first Grammy Award. The win came from the song “King’s Dead.” That video single featuring Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake appeared on the chart-topping Black Panther soundtrack one year ago. Then, the Mike WiLL Made It, Sounwave, 30 Roc, and Twon Beatz-produced cut got an encore placement on Jay’s Redemption LP.
In a year where Jay Rock declared that he planned to win, 2018 was just that. Songs from the Redemption sessions continue to spill out. “The Other Side” is the latest, featuring an increasingly common TDE collaborator, Sacramento’s Mozzy, as well as DCMBR, who handles the chorus.
The beat is a nostalgic-sounding West Coast groove. Cardo produces. Recognized for high-profile work with Kendrick, ScHoolboy Q, and Drake, the St. Paul, Minnesota native also cut his teeth working with early ’90s Left Coast O.G.’s like C-Bo and Snoop Dogg. It’s that type of sound that permeates “The Other Side,” as Jay Rock takes listeners to Watts, California.
Grammy-gold does not change J.R.’s concrete messaging. He warns of head-shots, praises the loyalty of women in the hood, and says that unlike some Rap circles, no one in his cypher will turn on one another. In the second verse, Mozzy matches that energy perfectly.
Redemption was named one of Ambrosia For Heads’ “Top 15 Albums Of 2018.”