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Jay Rock was TDE's original emcee, but in the four years since his debut studio album, Follow Me Home, Jay has largely played a supporting role, always ready to ride for Kendrick, Q, Solo and the rest of the crew. But Jay's finally ready to step back into the spotlight with his new album, 90059, and DJBooth was at last night's exclusive listening session in L.A. at Sonos Studios.
A reference to the Compton area code, 90059 sounds like the kind of musically adventuorous street album we've come to expect from the west coast label and boasts a long line of notable guest names, from his TDE brethren to veterans like Busta Rhymes. While the tracklist and sequencing may change by the time it's officially announced, this is the tracklist as Jay Rock played it during the listening session. The final, label-approved tracklist is as follows:
02. "Easy Bake" ft. Kendrick Lamar
04. "Wanna Ride" ft. Isaiah Rashad & SZA
05. "The Ways" ft. SiR
06. "Telegram (Goin Crazy)" (prod. Lance Skiiwalker)
08. "Vice City" ft. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul (prod. by Cardo)
09. "Fly on the Wall" ft. Busta Rhymes
10. "Money Trees Pt. II"
11. "The Message"
Notes (from the listening session):
* After the listening session they played a snippet of the video for title track "90059" featuring Lance Skiiwalker, indicating the track is on the album but not revealing when it will appear in the sequencing.
* Others have reported that "Parental Advisory" will appear on the album, but it wasn't played or mentioned during the listening session.
* Similiarly, if "Pay For It" will be on the album it wasn't played or mentioned.
* There are also rumors that the album will contain a song with both Vince Staples and ScHoolboy Q, but there was no mention of that song.
In particular the crowd went insane for "Vice City," and with good reason. It features all four emcees at their absolute peak and is the first Black Hippy song in years. So regardless of how the final tracklist differs from this one, it's safe to count 90059 among the most-ancicipated albums left in 2015. Look out for a pre-order to be announced sometime next week, along with a release date, although Jay Rock said they are considering dropping the album as a surprise.
[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. This is his Twitter. Original reporting by Nik Boskoff.]