WRITER: SEBASTIAN EGHOLM LUND
1. Q delivers real gangsta-rap anno 2014
Schoolboy Q reps the LA super group TDE who have gained huge success the past two years with a deliberating, new form of traditional gangsta rap. In many ways Q embodies the myth of the true gangsta rapper. Q’s texts are gritty, dark and drug-infused. His refreshingly dark, diverse and often hauntingly harsh charisma has been displayed on his two latest albums: the miscellaneous and uncensored Habits and Contradictions (2012) alongside his eagerly awaited major-label debut Oxymoron (2014). As a former member of the 52 Hoover Crips Schoolboy Q truly showcases how gangsta rap is put successfully together anno 2014. And that’s something you do not want to miss.
2. Sky-high expectations for Oxymoron!
Since Q’s debut album Habits and Contradictions he has been buzzing on the come up – without making it into the main stream. Now Q has to live up to the almost unjust expectations of Kendrick Lamars blockbuster of an album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ with the major-label debut album Oxymoron. The album has been awaited with great impatience and sky-high hype. Especially the radio-singles ‘Collard Greens’ and ‘Man of the Year’ has been in heavy rotation. I guess the only way to find out if Q delivers as expected is to visit train may 20th!
3. He got the bucket hat-game on lock
“Brought the gangsters back to bucket hat, how real is that?” Q raps on his featuring on Mac Millers ‘Gees’. Q has never been more right. Schoolboy’s greatest exterior significance is undoubtedly his infamous use of buckets hats. He just kind of rolled with it one day according to the man himself: “I was walking through the mall, saw a bucket hat, put it on, looked in the mirror, and told my homie, ‘This motherfucker’s hard.’ He agreed and I bought it.” He has even designed his own bucket hat featuring the street sign from his block. Simply put – you need to see the bucket hatted man for yourself to know the hype around the head wear.
4. Q’s eminent delivery
Schoolboy possesses one of the game’s most precise, edgy and witty delivery. His voice cuts sneeringly over the large beats and he has the ability to change his voice to flow completely. His delivery matches the role Q plays in his songs: the hard-hitting street teller, the furious drug dealer and the ecstatic party rapper. No matter which role Q decides to play at Train – his delivery will undoubtedly be razor edge.
5. “YAWK YAWK YAWK YAWK!”
Some of Q’s rise to prominence has been due to his extremely energetic and fierce ad-libs. The most famous and well-know is of course the “YAWK YAWK YAWK YAWK” immortalized in Kendrick Lamars hit-single ‘m.A.A.d City’. When the crowd is turned up Q’ll be sure scream the ad-lib out loud to complete the party.
6. Support by Isaiah Rashad og Vince Staples!
On his Oxymoron World Tour Schoolboy Q brings two interesting upcoming MC’s along with him: Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples. Both have recently dropped great projects Cilvia Demo and Shyne Coldchain vol. 2 respectively and are both buzzing heavily on the under-ground. Isaiah Rashad delivers great, introspective and chilled-out hip-hop in style with Kendrick Lamar first projects. Vince Staples is from LA as well as the TDE boys Isaiah Rashad and Schoolboy Q but has made his breakthrough in connection with the infamous OFWGKTA. Especially his verse on Earl Sweatshirt’s song ‘Hive’ from last year gained him huge attention. This overall means that if you get in early you can experience the brightest future of hip-hop as well!
7. Very few big hip-hop acts in Aarhus
A long time goes by before Aarhus is blessed with notable, foreign hip-hop. Copenhagen gets all the shine and therefore the acts. The last truly big one in Aarhus was Nas. Therefore it is essential that you go out and experience the concert – basically because you could be regretting yourself for years if you don’t!