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All My Life (In the Ghetto)

"All My Life (In the Ghetto)" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Jay Rock, released October 16, 2008, as his commercial debut single and the lead single from his debut studio album, Follow Me Home (2011). The song, which was released under Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and Warner Bros. Records, was produced by American production team Cool & Dre and features vocals from fellow American rappers, Lil Wayne and[1]

"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
All My Life.jpg
Single by Jay Rock featuring Lil Wayne &
from the album Follow Me Home
Released October 16, 2008 (2008-10-16)
Format Digital download
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 3:48
Producer(s) Cool & Dre
Jay Rock singles chronology
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
"Hood Gone Love It"

"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
"Hood Gone Love It"
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"I'm So Paid"
(2008) I'm So Paid2008
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
(2008) All My Life (In the Ghetto)2008
"Turnin Me On"
(2008) Turnin Me On2008 singles chronology
"What's Your Name"
(2008) What's Your Name2008
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
(2008) All My Life (In the Ghetto)2008
"3 Words"
(2009) 3 Words2009



The song originally leaked online featuring a different chorus sung by West Coast rapper K. Dot and Dre (of production team Cool & Dre). Lil Waynes appearance came after he listened to one of Jay Rock's mixtapes.[2]

Music videoEdit

The music video was filmed in Rock's hometown of Watts, Los Angeles. The music video features Jay Rock walking around his old neighborhood or on a billboard, rapping alongside Lil Wayne. does not appear in the video, however, despite this, the video features cameo appearances from Rock's TDE label-mates and then-unknown fellow West Coast rappers, Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar.[3][4][5]


The official remix was released February 18, 2010 and features rappers Game, Gorilla Zoe and Busta Rhymes.[6] A "West Coast Mega Remix" begins with a new verse by Jay Rock, followed by guest verses in the following order: Eastwood, Omar Cruz, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Glasses Malone, Crooked I, Nipsey Hussle, Sinful, Ya Boy, Roccett, Terry Kennedy, Problem, Keno, Spider Loc, 2 Eleven, Bangloose, Mistah FAB and Roscoe Umali (K-Dot is listed but does not actually appear).[7] Nipsey Hussle freestyled over the beat for his mixtape Bullets Ain't Got No Name, Vol. 3, as well as Wiz Khalifa for his Burn After Rolling mixtape.

Critical receptionEdit

"All My Life (In the Ghetto)" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Nathan Slavik of DJBooth called the song, "a soulful yet street oriented single that still serves as the best indication of heights Rock is capable of reaching."[8]


Chart (2008) Peak
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard) 10


  1. ^ "Jay Rock ft. Lil' Wayne & - All My Life". Archived from the original on 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  2. ^ "All My Life (In the Ghetto) by Jay Rock Songfacts". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Jay Rock - All My Life ft. Lil' Wayne & ft. Lil Wayne, - Hip Hop Songs - DJBooth". DJBooth. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Jay Rock Feat. Lil Wayne, 'All My Life (Ghetto)' — New Video". The Boombox. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jay Rock ft. The Game, Gorilla Zoe & Busta Rhymes - All My Life (Remix) - Listen Now". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Jay Rock - All My Life (WestCoast Super Remix)". YouTube. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  8. ^ Slavik, Nathan. "Jay Rock - Follow Me Home". DJBooth. The DJBooth LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2013.