Although it has been written that La Rock comes from Jamaica, in reality his parents were from North Carolina. He was born on April 24, 1955.
La Rock was a friend and musical partner of DJ Kool Herc, who himself is generally considered to have laid down the foundation for hip-hop music starting in 1973. La Rock was thus an original member of Herc’s MC crew the Herculoids. According to Herc, La Rock’s MC name had various iterations, beginning as “A-1 Coke” and then moving on to “Nasty Coke” before it was finalized as “Coke La Rock”.