When Oxymoron came out in 2014, Schoolboy Q’s place in rap was solidified. The TDE stalwart, with his showcased versatility, proved himself to be one of rap’s most creative. He just didn’t move the accompanying numbers like frontman Kendrick Lamar. Schoolboy was more of a niche rapper that appealed to those looking for something that both Kendrick’s louder raps and Ab Soul’s introspective cuts lacked. His rhymes lacked serious backbone and his flow constantly changed. The album received rave reviews and made fans eager to hear more from him.
There was the Blank Face LP in 2016 that released on the heels of the excessively weird “That Part” with Kanye West, showing Schoolboy’s continuing commitment to redefining his aesthetic. Now, we’re rumored to be receiving a new album from the paragon. Judging by the past, it’s looking to be a powerful project that showcases just how he’s the greatest part of TDE that seldom gets the respect.
Where Kendrick goes for storytelling on his projects and Ab Soul makes it a goal to keep the listener lyrically intrigued by creepiness, Schoolboy embodies the best of these elements and brings his own unpredictability into the mix. When you hear a Schoolboy song, you never know what you’re going to here. This is what makes the prospect from a new album from him exciting. It’s going to redefine his place in the rap game as well as what the expectation for returning rappers.
Watch our recent video interview with Schoolboy below.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: