Review: Jay Rock's Big Redemption was a family affair at the Fonda Theatre

Jay Rock recently concluded The Big Redemption Tour at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The opening act was the latest artist to be added to the Top Dawg Entertainment roster, Reason. The moment Jay Rock took the change the room shifted and eyes were locked in on the Watts native.

The night was fueled with energy and emotion. Jay Rock took the audience on a journey with his hard-hitting lyrics outlining narrative. The entire crowd seemed to hang on his every word.  It was one of those shows anyone who didn't know the lyrics stood out.  His set included from his latest project, Redemption and past projects including 90059.  The intimate venue gave an up close and personal look at one of the most hyped labels in the country. It’s hard to believe that just two years prior he was fighting for his life as a result of a motorcycle crash. He showed no physical limitations during his live set giving all his energy to the crowd.

It was no surprise that there was a whole slew of artists that made their appearances during the headlining act. Not only has Jay Rock been in the industry for years, but he also has the respect for his peers within the rap game. Having penned and been featured on some of the most defining tracks of modern hip-hop, it was as if Jay Rock was bringing the trophy home to a room filled with family. 

It felt like the entire TDE family made their way onto the stage with Jay Rock at some point. Rae Sremmurd although not on the TDE roster surprised the crowd and paid their respects to Jay RockIsaiah Rashaad popped up next followed by his fellow member of Black Hippy, School Boy QSZA made her appearance and impressed the room with her vocals per usual. Last but certainly not least King Kendrick took the stage and showed love to his longtime friend and teammate.  The whole team lingered on the stage to celebrate with Jay Rock.

The Big Redemption tour as it is appropriately named by Jay Rock signified something special for the artist. It’s similar to an out of the ashes type of story. Jay Rock might be quiet here and there but he let us all know he was far from gone let alone finished.  The final track of the set "WIN" felt like a reminder to the masses that he's up next.