Johnny Reed McKenzie, Jr was born March 31, 1986 in Los Angeles, California. He took the name Jay Rock and has signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. Rock, alongside Top Dawg, worked with Warner Bros. and later Asylum Records, but after both mergers fell through, the label linked up with Strange Music. Jay Rock debuted his album Black Friday in 2010 and made XXL Magazine’s Top Freshman cover. Jay Rock is a part of the TDE super-group Black Hippy.