Follow Me Home (album)

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Follow Me Home
Studio album by Jay Rock
Released July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26)
Recorded 2008–2011
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Label Top Dawg Entertainment, Strange Music
Producer Cool & Dre, Dae One, Focus..., J. LBS, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Keith The Beast, Phonix Beats, Rob E, Sounwave, Terrace Martin, Tha Bizness, Willie B
Singles from Follow Me Home
  1. "All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
    Released: October 7, 2008
  2. "Hood Gone Love It"
    Released: June 21, 2011

Follow Me Home is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Jay Rock, released on July 26, 2011, under Top Dawg Entertainment and Strange Music.[1][2][3][4] The album, preceded by the singles "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" and "Hood Gone Love It", features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, will.i.am, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Tech N9ne and Rick Ross, among others. The album's production was handled by Cool & Dre, Focus..., J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Sounwave, Terrace Martin, Tha Bizness and Willie B, among others. The album debuted at No. 83 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,300 copies in its first week.[5]

Background[edit]

In an interview promoting the album, Jay Rock stated: "If you have been through a struggle, you are going to feel this album".[3] He has described the album as being his story, coming from nothing and gunning for the top.[3] He compared this album to N.W.A's albums, as he's made the album for the ghetto, saying it's not for the radio, nor is it for the club.[6] Although signed to independent record labels Top Dawg and Strange, Jay Rock still worked with several mainstream artists and high-profile record producers on the album.[7]

Guests and production[edit]

Jay Rock worked with a number of artists on the album, including Lil Wayne, will.i.am, Chris Brown, Tech N9ne and Rick Ross, as well as his Black Hippy cohorts Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.[7][8][9]

The album includes production from Cool & Dre, Dae One, Focus..., J. LBS, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Keith The Beast, Phonix Beats, Rob E, Sounwave, Terrace Martin, Tha Bizness, Willie B.[10]

Release and promotion[edit]

Jay Rock was an opening act with Nipsey Hussle on The L.A.X. Tour in promotion of The Game's third studio album L.A.X. in 2009. In 2010 Jay Rock went on tour with G-Unit and American rapper 50 Cent on The Invitation Tour in promotion of the album. After that tour wrapped up he went on tour with Tech N9ne, E-40, Glasses Malone and Kutt Calhoun on the Independent Grind Tour.

Singles[edit]

Two singles were released for the album: "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" and "Hood Gone Love It.[11][12][13] "All My Life" features Lil Wayne and will.i.am and "Hood Gone Love It" features Kendrick Lamar. The official remix of "All My Life" features Busta Rhymes, The Game and Gorilla Zoe[14] while the official remix of "Hood Gone Love It" features Rick Ross and Birdman.[15] "Hood Gone Love It" was featured in the Franklin Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V.[16]

Music videos[edit]

On June 24 a music video was released via MTV for the single "Hood Gone Love It". Videos for album tracks "All My Life, "Life's a Gamble", "Say Wassup" (feat. Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q) and "Just Like Me" were filmed and all released before the album to create a buzz. Also the songs, "Code Red" (feat. Kendrick Lamar) ("Boomerang") "No Joke" (feat. Ab-Soul) "M.O.N.E.Y." (feat. J. Black) & ("Elbows") Jay Rock released these tracks and made a music video out of them.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[17]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Entertainment Weekly B+ [18]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars [19]
HipHopSite.Com 3.5/5 stars[20]
XXL 4/5 stars[21]

Follow Me Home was met with acclaim from critics,[22] praising his lyrical and narrative skills along with his production selection. The album also holds a score of 73 out of a 100 on [Metacritic] based on 5 reviews which indicates generally favorable reviews.[23] Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly praises the old school West Coast feel of the album, Jay Rock's flow and the minimalistic beats. Also comparing it to Game's debut album.[18] XXL gave the album a XL praising Rock's; lyrical storytelling, crossover ability of "Just Like Me" and "Westside" along with the production of "Elbows" and "Code Red".[21] AllMusic gave the album a 3 out of 5, calling the album a "real life urban drama script" while prasing the albums production and collaborators.[24] HipHopDX complimented the introspective lyrics of "Just Like Me" and "M.O.N.E.Y." while also praising the West Coast production of "Elbows and "Code Red" and Lil Wayne and Rick Ross's collaborations on "All My Life" and "Finest Hour" respectively. Their final score for the album was 3.5 out of 5.[19]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing for Follow Me Home was confirmed by the website HipHopDX.[25][26]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (Skit)"   Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears Sounwave 1:03
2. "Code Red" (additional vocals from Kendrick Lamar) McKinzie Phonix Beats 2:45
3. "Bout That"   McKinzie, Bernard Edwards, Jr. Focus... 3:56
4. "No Joke" (featuring Ab-Soul) McKinzie, Herbert Stevens, Willie Brown Willie B 4:20
5. "Hood Gone Love It" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) Erik Ortiz, Kevin Crowe, Kendrick Duckworth, McKinzie J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:05
6. "Westside" (featuring Chris Brown) McKinzie, Christopher Whitacre, Justin Henderson Tha Bizness 3:38
7. "Elbows" (additional vocals from Kendrick Lamar) McKinzie Phonix Beats 4:14
8. "Boomerang"   McKinzie J. LBS 3:25
9. "All I Know Is" (additional vocals by Alori Joh and Ab-Soul) McKinzie, Brown Willie B 3:41
10. "I'm Thuggin'"   McKinzie, Brown Willie B 4:33
11. "Kill or Be Killed" (featuring Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko) McKinzie, Aaron Yates, Samuel Watson, Brown Willie B 4:10
12. "Just Like Me" (featuring J. Black) McKinzie, Jeret Griffin-Black, Terrace Martin Terrace Martin 3:42
13. "Say Wassup" (featuring Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar) (Black Hippy) McKinzie, Duckworth, Stevens, Quincy Hanley Dae One 4:23
14. "They Be on It" (additional vocals by Kendrick Lamar) McKinzie Keith the Beast 5:06
15. "M.O.N.E.Y." (featuring J. Black) McKinzie, Griffin-Black, Martin Terrace Martin 4:42
16. "Finest Hour" (featuring Rick Ross and BJ the Chicago Kid) McKinzie, Ortiz, Crowe, William Roberts, Bryan Sledge J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:01
17. "Life's a Gamble" (additional vocals by Ab-Soul) McKinzie, Robert Rodriguez Rob E 3:27
18. "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" (featuring Lil Wayne and will.i.am) Andre Lyon, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Marcello Valenzano, McKinzie, William Adams, Jr. Cool & Dre 3:46
Total length:
68:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[27] 83
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[27] 18
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[27] 10
US Billboard Top Independent Albums[27] 14

References[edit]

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  15. ^ Jay Rock: "Hood Gon Love It" F. Rick Ross & Birdman (Remix)
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  21. ^ a b "XXL". The Boston Globe. 
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