Rock (rapper)

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Rock
Birth name Jahmal Bush
Also known as Rock, Big Rock, Monstaman Rocko, The Rockness Monsta, Bummee Jab, Alvin Katraz, Dutch, Tha Flipsta, BigRock Obama
Born (1973-11-04) November 4, 1973 (age 44)
Origin Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Genres Hip hop, New York hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor
Years active 1994–present
Labels Duck Down Records, Digital Deja Vu Records
Associated acts Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah, The Fab 5, DJ Lethal
Website iamrockness.com

Jahmal Bush (born November 4, 1973), better known by his stage name Rock (or Big Rock, or alternatively The Rockness Monsta), is an American rapper, famous as a member of hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik and the duo Heltah Skeltah along with Sean Price. He is known for his deep, grimy voice and having a sophisticated and rugged flow.

Career[edit]

After releasing two albums with Heltah Skeltah, Nocturnal and Magnum Force, Rock left Duck Down Records and pursued a solo career. He signed to DJ Lethal's Lethal Records and recorded a solo album titled Planet Rock, which was never released after the label folded. He didn't make an appearance on the Clik's 2002 group album The Chosen Few, being the only member of the "Great 8" not to appear.

He made his official return to Duck Down in 2005, making appearances on Sean Price's Monkey Barz album and Smif-N-Wessun's Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded album. He's performed songs for a variety of video games including "I Am Rock" for Need for Speed: Most Wanted, "This Is Me" for Blitz The League II and "I Am Rock" for NFL Street 2. He and the Boot Camp released their third group album, The Last Stand, on July 18, 2006.

Rock has admitted being an 80s Brooklyn Decepticons gang member, along with fellow Heltah Skeltah group-member Sean Price.[1][2] On January 15, 2008, Rock was arrested for an assault and attempted murder charge after he allegedly gunned down a rival while working as a pimp.[3] He was released on a $125,000 bail about a week later on January 24, 2008. Court reports show Rock's manager Ben Aubin of Ben Aubin Management posted bond for the rapper's release. Mr. Aubin has categorically denied any confirmation of his client moonlighting as a pimp.

The legal trouble seems not to have affected his career as a rapper, as Heltah Skeltah returned to the studio to record their third album, D.I.R.T., which was released on September 30, 2008.[4]

Hailed as having one of the most distinct voices in hip-hop and celebrated for his sophisticated flow, Rock branched out into acting with his role as a gangster on the web series Atlantic City Chronicles from 2013-2014, a cameo in the indie film A Sea of Green in 2014 and as a lead character and a pimp on the web series TIPS in 2016. Rock has graced many rappers' albums and fans clamored for him to release an album of his own and bring back real hip-hop. Finally, on September 22, 2017, Rock released his first solo album, Rockness A.P., to great critical acclaim and applause from the industry and fans alike. With the lead single "GW BaG", Rock put the industry on notice that he is still a force to be reckoned with. His second single, Shine Down, revealed a gentler side of Rock as he laments the passing of his rap partner and best friend (Sean Price).

Discography[edit]

Heltah Skeltah albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard Chart
US R&B/Hip-Hop
1996 Nocturnal 35 5
1998 Magnum Force 34 8
2008 D.I.R.T. 122 35

Solo album[edit]

  • Rockness A.P. (2017)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Best of Rock (The AWOL Soldier) (2003)
  • The Best of Rock Volume 2 (Veteranz Day) (2004)
  • Shell Shock (mixtape) (2008)
  • Rockin Out West (mixtape) (2010)
  • The Best of Monsta Mondays Freestyles (2015)
  • Slangin Rock (2017)

Boot Camp Clik albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1996: Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka (featuring O.G.C.) / Letha Brainz Blo
  • 1996: Operation Lock Down / Da Wiggy
  • 1996: Therapy (featuring Vinia Mojica) / Place to Be
  • 1998: I Ain't Havin That (featuring Starang Wondah) / Worldwide (Rock the World)
  • 1998: Brownsville II Long Beach (featuring Tha Dogg Pound) / Gunz 'N Onez (Iz U Wit Me) (featuring Method Man)
  • 2008: Everything Is Helthah Skeltah (featuring The Loudmouf Choir)
  • 2008: Ruck n Roll
  • 2017: GW BaG
  • 2017: Shine Down

Features on other projects[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
2013-2014 Atlantic City Chronicles Scarecrow Peterson / Scarecrow
2014 A Sea of Green As himself
2016 Tips Reggie Rockets

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