All My Life (In the Ghetto)

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"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
Single by Jay Rock featuring Lil Wayne & will.i.am
from the album Follow Me Home
Released October 16, 2008
Format Digital download
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 3:48
Label Top Dawg, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Johnny McKinzie, Andre Lyon, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Marcello Valenzano, William Adams, Jr.
Producer(s) Cool & Dre
Jay Rock singles chronology
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
(2008)
"Hood Gone Love It"
(2011)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"I'm So Paid"
(2008)
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
(2008)
"Turnin Me On"
(2008)
will.i.am singles chronology
"What's Your Name"
(2008)
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
(2008)
"It's a New Day"
(2009)

"All My Life (In the Ghetto)" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Jay Rock, released October 16, 2008 as his commercial debut single and the lead single from his debut studio album Follow Me Home (2011). The song, released under Top Dawg Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Cool & Dre and features fellow American recording artists Lil Wayne and will.i.am.[1]

Background[edit]

The song originally leaked online featuring a different chorus sung by West Coast rapper K. Dot and Dre (of production team Cool & Dre). Lil Waynes appearance came after he listened to one of Jay Rock's mixtapes.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Watts, Los Angeles. The music video features Jay Rock walking around his old neighborhood or on a billboard with Lil Wayne. will.i.am does not appear in the video, however, despite this, the video features cameo appearances from fellow West Coast rappers, including Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar.[3][4][5]

Remixes[edit]

The official remix was released February 18, 2010 and features rappers Game, Gorilla Zoe and Busta Rhymes.[6] A "West Coast Mega Remix" begins with a new verse by Jay Rock, followed by guest verses in the following order: Eastwood, Omar Cruz, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Glasses Malone, Crooked I, Nipsey Hussle, Sinful, Ya Boy, Roccett, Terry Kennedy, Problem, Keno, Spider Loc, 2 Eleven, Bangloose, Mistah FAB and Roscoe Umali (K-Dot is listed but does not actually appear).[7] Nipsey Hussle freestyled over the beat for his mixtape Bullets Ain't Got No Name, Vol. 3, as well as Wiz Khalifa for his Burn After Rolling mixtape.

Critical reception[edit]

"All My Life (In the Ghetto)" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Nathan S. of DJBooth.net called the song, "a soulful yet street oriented single that still serves as the best indication of heights Rock is capable of reaching."[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 10

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