Jay Rock – “Checkmate” | New Music


With Kendrick Lamar currently eclipsing all those around him and readying to his rise to the higher hip hop ranks, and ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul both creeping up the ladder, things have been very quiet from Jay Rock. After all, his last output (not being a featured artist) came with the “M.O.N.E.Y.” music video in September of last year.

As it turns out, Jay Rock was knuckling down to hone his craft in that half-year gap, and today we have evidence of his dedication with the sublime “Checkmate”. Not only does the Watts native’s voice resonate with such authority as per, but its the production, courtesy of The Futuristiks, that really strikes the eardrum.

Maybe it’s the West Coast bounce, the subtle backing drum loops or just the mass of layered instruments that takes a second play to really notice and appreciate, but “Checkmate” suits Jay Rock’s sound like a red bandana in the back pocket.

There’s no details on where this track will land, but that doesn’t matter right now; it’s just good to have you home, Jay.

Listen To: Jay Rock – “Checkmate”