Today’s rap game just feels so top heavy with big dogs like Kendrick, J. Cole, Drake (unfortunately), and many others fighting for the crown. This is why I always found a nice solid album, from a person I never heard of, just extremely satisfying. This was true even two years ago whenever Jay Rock dropped his album “90059″. Like many people, whenever fellow Mid America Culture member, Ian, told me to check him out, I hesitantly said “sure” due to the great work on Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. However, my “sure” quickly turned into a “HELL FUCKIN’ YEAH” when I saw this was the album the one I had to review.
Jay Rock is a Los Angeles rapper from Top Dawg Entertainment. When you first hear Jay Rock, he has that deep raspy voice you may hear from an A$AP Ferg or DMX, but with an incredible story, combined with insane syllable control you hear from the greats. 90059 is one of the zip codes for an area in Los Angeles where Jay Rock grew up. This album is one of those with extreme range that you can listen to it when you’re just chilling out, decompressing, all the way to getting pumped and lifting.
“90059” simply tells the story of Jay Rock’s rise from just some inner city ghetto kid from Nickerson Garden Projects to a star that makes a great one, two punch with Kendrick Lamar in songs like “Money Trees Deuce”. This album holds features from Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Sir, Lance Skiiiwalker, Black Hippy, Busta Rhymes, Ab-Soul and Macy Gray.
My favorite song on this album was one my pick for this week’s weekly waves, “Fly on the Wall”. This amazing song features Busta Rhymes and Skylar Grey. This song is mainly about how normal his life was perceived from the surrounding area, but to anything else, in this case a fly, this life is far from normal and/or ok. This is captured by the chorus “When you stand still you could witness it all/ Picture the vision from the fly on the wall/ When you stand still you could witness it all/ Picture the vision from the fly on the wall”.
The second song I would like to discuss is “Vice City”. In this song Jay Rock teams up with Black Hippy (Kendrick, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q). This song has crazy bars, an insane beat, with an awesome hook. You can really hear how Kendrick and Jay really feed off each other, and it even provided us with one of the best music videos of all-time.
This album is insanely good and I could probably write about every song on it. However, I’ll just hit on the songs that are a must listen. My personal favorites are the two covered above and tracks such as Easy Bake, The Ways, Wanna Ride, Telegram (Going Crazy), and Gumbo. All of these songs have found their way onto my personal playlist, and if you notice, it is almost the whole album (IT IS DAMN GOOD). However, on the list perviously provided you need to check out Gumbo. Gumbo is an amazing song with an amazing outro.
As always, thank you for joining me on this fine Friday evening. It was definitely fun revisiting this amazing album, and tomorrow’s article concludes our “Reviews Through a Friend” series. For me, and the rest of the Mid American crew, we truly hope you continue to join us for new and fresh daily content.