With the release of Jay Rock’s Follow Me Home, Strange Music is able to showcase another artist who is making a name for himself. While on the road, the Strange crew stopped and discussed a few topics with Dubcnn. Among those topics was the Jay Rock signing, how Tech N9ne met the Watts emcee and how Rock feels as part of the label.
“I heard him on the set of my ‘Like Yeah’ video,” Tech noted of his introduction to Jay Rock. “I was sitting at home and saw a video of his and was like, ‘That shit is dope! That’s the nigga that was at my video shoot!’ I think my publicist Richie had given me like a mixtape or something and I heard niggas on there.”
Tech went on to praise Jay Rock for his work, but also added that his group, Black Hippy, is “the new N.W.A.” to him.
“I remember I ran into Jay Rock and was like ‘Who is that dude on there rapping with you?’ I think that was how I met Kendrick Lamar. But seeing Jay Rock’s video was enough for me, I knew he was a MC and that he rolled with MC’s like Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar – Black Hippy. That’s the new N.W.A. to me. I’m trying to get my money up so I can get them all over here!”
For Jay Rock, the Strange Music signing was “the right move,” as he put it.
“Yeah, I knew this was the right move to make, because what I learned by signing to Strange Music is that it’s all about the fans. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about and we’ve been stressing that since day one. That’s why I’m doing this music thing – the fans. And I saw how Tech was connecting with his fans and I was like ‘Man, that’s amazing.'”
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