Jay Rock – Follow me home [Reviews]
August 4, 2011
HipHopDX – Full review
“The hood tales have been told over and over in Hip Hop. The beauty of it is not in the rehashing of the subject matter, but in the originality and creativity with which it’s done. In the case of Jay Rock, he carried the influence from past West Coast legends, while adding his own touch of flair on occasion. A capable lyricist with an ear for beats, there is sure to be more to come from him and his camp with more time in the game. For now, Follow Me Home is a lowrider journey to California, with many ups and some downs included. Still, “you ain’t gotta like it ‘cause the hood gone love it.””
HipHop Isn’t Dead – Full review
“Hip Hop seems to be grounded mainly in the West Coast this Summer with the latest release to come from rapper, Jay Rock.
After several appearances on mixtapes, Jay Rock’s storytelling style and gritty delivery landed him a place in the Top Dawg Entertainment family alongside Black Hippy members, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and ScHoolBoy Q. Now in 2011 we now have his debut album, ‘Follow Me Home’.
Not falling short of heavy hitting lyrics with his powerful voice, Jay Rock starts off with “Code Red”, wasting no time in letting listeners know his Gangsta Rap style and what goes on in his neighbourhood.”
Planet ill – Full review
“It has been way too long for Jay Rock’s debut album to drop, but it’s a solid debut. The lengthy album serves up plenty of bangers, alternately there are a some duds scattered. Vocally commanding mic presence, potent lyrical ability and street cred are all assets that are sure to make Jay a staple in Hip-Hop’s limelight if he can trim the fat and stay focused.”
XXL – Full review
“Rock’s raspy, violent flow proves a contrastingly harmonic marriage with the choppy keys and West Coast grooves that set the sound for much of the album. Add that to the intent with which Jay Rock delivers his chronicles on the conditions in the hood, it seems he’s ready to take the reigns and bring West Coast gangsta rap into a new area. The hood gone love it.”
DJ Booth – Full review
“If the original intention of gangster rap was to honestly and unflinchingly portray the violence, brutality and occasional hope of the neighborhoods they grew up in, then Rock’s holding true to that tradition. We may be past the apocalypse for inner cities that was the Reagan Era, but you don’t have to go far outside of Beverly Hills to find gang tags, and crying mothers in L.A. Listeners may be able to follow Rock home and live vicariously through him, but for thousands that is their home. There’s no leaving, and those are the people who Follow Me Home was truly made for.”
…ology. – Full review
In the end of it all, Follow Me Home is an album of hood experience that kidnaps the listener to the ghetto as the title intends, and the whole of the sound constructs a detailed environment if you’re hearing the lyrics clearly. From the “Intro” to “All My Life,” you’re walking through Jay’s neighborhood, and the greatest success is that Jay accomplishes this intention without making the quality of the music suffer in order to bring attention to message. You won’t find a character in Jay Rock, and Follow Me Home wears no costume.
SumOlogy: Follow Me Home is a panorama of the hood with an individual focus, and universal portrait within.