"Just networking," Rock said during an interview with The BoomBox at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hotel. "I might catch them at a club, you know what I'm saying. Since I got a deal, I've been traveling a lot of places."
In the case of Lil Wayne, who appears with Will.I.Am on the first single, "All My Life (Ghetto)," Rock met Lil Wayne as he exited a show at Universal Studios.
"I said to him, 'Yo. I'm Jay Rock -- the hottest thing out there.' I asked him right then, 'I'd like to work with you some day.' He said, 'Whatever. All you have to do is give me a call. I'm a phone call away.' He was being real."
Rock soon realized that "All My Life" was the track for Lil Wayne. "I was telling all my boys, 'I'm gonna get
He encountered Will.i.am while mixing songs at Record Plant Recording Studios, a renowned studio center in New York City. "He's really shy. He's a real eccentric dude," Rock said. "They real humble."
Also on his collaboration wish list -- Busta Rhymes and Scarface. But for now, the buzz surrounding Rock has generated more than 7 million views on his MySpace page, www.myspace.com/jayrock.
"Every time I think about that, I'm like, 'Man, that's crazy,'" Rock said. "I ain't expect that much people to pay attention or listen to me coming out of Watts. It's a beautiful thing."