Beyoncé coined the phrase "bootylicious," turned "put a ring on it" into a colloquialism, and now she's creating a new trend in surprise releases, one that TDE rapper Jay Rock isn't against following.
The 27-year-old and his TDE affiliates (Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q and Ab-Soul) were all on hand for Power 106 radio's Cali Christmas concert over the weekend, where he discussed the new project. Fans haven't heard a full-scale effort from the Compton native since 2011's Follow Me Home debut, but all that is set to change. "It's just gon' drop," Jay Rock told BET.com of pulling a "Beyoncé" with his long-awaited second effort.
The holdup is about constructing an album that will "shock the world," he hopes. "I been in the lab just going hard," he said. "I know everybody been wanting to know what's up with the Rock."
However, fans shouldn't expect too many more details at this point. "I've been talking with the team, so we're looking at 2014 [for the album release]," was all he would say of a drop date, and "keep your ears open," when prodded for more hints.
As a unit, TDE has a lot to look forward to in 2014, kicked off by Lamar's potential Grammys victory. The 26-year-old is up for seven nods this year, tying him with veterans Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake, alongside fellow newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The ceremony isn't until next month but Jay Rock is sure his friend will take Grammy gold. "He deserves it, he's been working real hard," Jay Rock said. "It's a beautiful thing, and we're right behind him."
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(Photos from left: John Ricard / BET, Splash News)