Rapper Jay Rock talks about living in the Nickerson Gardens, Watts
Jay Rock featuring Lil Wayne, “All My Life”
By Alex A. Alonso for Streetgangs.Com
February 11, 2010
Jay Rock is a rapper signed to Warner Bros Music via Top Dawg Entertainment from Watts, a section of Southeast Los Angeles. He grew up in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects and is a member of the Bounty Hunters, a Blood gang that has been in that area since approximately 1969. The Blood identity did not exist in 1969, but the neighborhood that would eventually start claiming Blood was already firmly established in the Nickersons.
Although he grew up in one of the most gang entrenched communities in South Los Angeles, Jay Rock has established himself as a top tiered rapper with an exceptional flow. His skills have been noticed by Lil Wayne, who collaborated with him “All My Life” and he appeared with Omarion on a track entitled “Hoodie.” He is expected to release an album entitled “Follow Me Home” sometime in 2010. We visited Jay Rock in the projects in Watts for this interview.