Black Friday (Jay Rock mixtape)

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Black Friday
Mixtape by Jay Rock
Released November 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)
Recorded 2010
Genre Hip hop
Label Top Dawg Entertainment, Strange Music
Producer Jay Rock (exec), Sounwave, DJ Khalil, Crada, L.E.S., Dem Joints, Dangeroo Kipawaa, Phoenix, Mr. Lee, Willie B
Jay Rock chronology
Black Friday
(2010)
Follow Me Home
(2011)

Black Friday is the tenth mixtape by American hip hop recording artist Jay Rock. It was released on November 26, 2010, for free download and then on December 7, 2010, via iTunes and Amazon.com, under Top Dawg Entertainment.[1] It was Jay Rock's last mixtape before the release of his debut studio album Follow Me Home.

Background[edit]

The mixtape was interactive as it gained some of its tracks thanks to fans' feedback on Twitter and fans also helped shape the album cover.[2] Music videos were released for "No Joke", "Diary of a Broke Nigga" and "Get on Your Shit".

Lyrics, production and themes[edit]

The lyrics stay true to the typical rags-to-riches street narrative style, adding a sense of regularity to the mixtape, though it rarely crosses over into redundancy, thanks to Jay Rock's delivery.[3]

The production embodies astral atmospheric sounds that evoke feelings of an urban cement dreamscape over the traditional hip-hop elements.[3] "Walk by Me" production was described as trademark G-Funk synth on steady loop over the deep groove of drums and bass.[4]

The mixtapes themes were described as "street" related and Rock's rapping was described as "reality rap".[5] Ology described the mixtape as a "street narative"[3]

Guests and production[edit]

The mixtape features guest appearances from Black Hippy members Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul along with Big Scoob, Trae Tha Truth and Spider Loc among others.[5] The production was handled by Focus..., Crada and DJ Khalil, as well as in-house producers from Top Dawg Entertainment, such as Willie B and Sounwave, representing Digi+Phonics.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop.com 7/10 stars[6]

It was named the 83rd best mixtape of 2010 by XXL and described as a "banger".[7] Ab-Soul's featurings were praised by critics.[3]

Tracklisting[edit]

[8]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "No Joke" (featuring Ab-Soul) Willie B  
2. "Diary of a Broke Nigga" (featuring Kendrick Lamar and Giddy) Crada  
3. "Still in the Hood" (featuring Trae) Dem Joints  
4. "Fuck the Police" (featuring Ab-Soul) Dangeroo Kipawaa  
5. "Juice"   Sounwave  
6. "They Say" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) Phoenix  
7. "Walk with Me" (featuring Big Scoob) Mr. Lee  
8. "In These Streets" (featuring Spider Loc) Paperboy Fabe  
9. "Hustle Man" (featuring Ab-Soul) Dangeroo Kipawaa  
10. "Money Makin' Moves" (featuring Ab-Soul) Dangeroo Kipawaa  
11. "Trapped in the Hood"   L.E.S.  
12. "Get on Your Shit"   Focus...  
13. "Kush Freestyle"   DJ Khalil  
14. "Shadow of Death" (Black Hippy) Sounwave  
Samples
  • "Still in the Hood" samples "Fully Loaded Clip" by 50 Cent.
  • "Kush Freestyle" samples "Kush" by Dr. Dre.
  • "Diary of a Broke Nigga" samples "What's Your Name" by The Moments.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Black Friday by Jay Rock". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  2. ^ Abstract by Andrew Martin. "Album Review: Jay Rock - Black Friday | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Music". Ology. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Jay Rock Featuring Big Scoob – Walk With Me [Song] | Jay Rock". Blog.jayrock.com. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  5. ^ a b c TC (2010-11-26). "Download: Jay Rock - Black Friday Mixtape | The Smoking Section". Smokingsection.uproxx.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  6. ^ K1ng Eljay (2010-12-05). "Reviews: 1982, Jay Rock, Kid Daytona". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  7. ^ "The 100 Best Mixtapes of 2010 (100-50)". Xxlmag.Com. 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  8. ^ "// Jay Rock - Black Friday // West Coast News Network //". Dubcnn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16.