Since his signing in 2010, it was known that Jay Rock and Top Dawg Entertainment would be bringing something different to Strange Music and hip hop in general. Jay Rock arrived with numerous industry co-signs to his credit and the major single, “All My Life” featuring Lil Wayne.
What caught everyone by surprise is just how big of an impact Follow Me Home actually made upon its release. Not only was the album packed with big guest appearances, but the attention it received from mainstream artists was unprecedented. Tech N9ne’s All 6’s And 7’s had eased Strange Music fans into the idea of mixing it up with the mainstream, but even that album did not receive the magnitude of recognition that Follow Me Home did. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg both personally co-signed Follow Me Home, and all of it happened amidst rumors of the two not even speaking to each other. That’s right, the legendary Dr. Dre co-signed a Strange Music release. The significance behind that cannot be stressed enough, especially during a period where Strange Music is expanding well into the popular mainstream consciousness. Even Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan took a moment to approve of Jay Rock and Follow Me Home, showing that it isn’t just a West Coast thing.
With Follow Me Home now making its rounds in the industry, has the time finally come for artists like Dr. Dre to recognize Strange Music and the potential behind its artists? Moving forward, it’s certainly not out of the question. If and when we see a Dr. Dre and Strange Music pairing, we can thank Jay Rock for playing an important role behind that. The truth is, Follow Me Home is far more than just another release. It’s a sign of things to come.
-Victor Sandoval, Assistant Editor Strange Music
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