Jay Rock hasn’t released any music in nearly four years, but it looks like he’s preparing to return. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper took to Instagram on Monday (January 31) to share a 57-second preview of a new song.
“Gotta exercise silence and watch the news,” Jay Rock raps. “Who real? Who trolling? Just watch the views/Who silent, who foldin’ when they opp in the room?/Who silent, who talkin’ when a cop in the room?/Who talkin’ bad about you when you not in a room?/If it’s real, you ain’t gotta assume.”
He wrote in the caption, “It might look like I’m tripping but pay attention!!! Red cup u know what’s up!!! ES Johnny on Tha way!!!!! #TDE.”
The likes of Curren$y, Tech N9ne, D Smoke, Ebro and Daylyt showed their excitement in the comments. “Yawp Yawp,” Spitta commented, while N9ne added, “YEAH bruin bruh!”
Released in 2018, Jay Rock’s last album Redemption debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart with 31,417 total album-equivalent units in its first week. Guest appearances came from Kendrick Lamar,J. Cole,Future, SZA, Jeremih and others, with “King’s Dead” winning a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
During an interview with Highsnobiety in 2019, Jay Rock talked about TDE members inpiring each other with their talent and success.
“We all came up in the kennel together as little puppies,” he said. “We can’t feel bitter about one another because we all came up together. We came up from the ground up. We built this thing from the ground up, so why would one of us be bitter [at] one another? That’s crazy.
“What I learned from them is just hard work. Hard work and dedication. We all learned that from each other. We all hungry. That was the whole goal, you gotta stay hungry. Once I see something that Kendrick did that’s dope, it makes me want to do something doper. If ScHoolboy seen something that I did that was dope, it’ll make him want to do something to try to top that.”
He added, “Friendly competition, but all in all, we motivate each other. That’s what it’s about.”