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Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

In 2014, rap’s biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he’s been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

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Kendrick Lamar Finally Plays “King Kunta,” “The Blacker The Berry,” “Hood Politics” In Concert

When Kendrick Lamar played Sasquatch and Sweetlife last month, he made the frustrating decision to not do any To Pimp A Butterfly songs outside of “Alright,” but he course corrected during his Hot 97 Summer Jam set last night and kicked things off with “The Blacker The Berry,” performing it live for the first time. More »

By: James Rettig / June 8, 2015 - 11:38 am

A$AP Rocky – “Electric Body” (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

With A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP just around the corner, tracks are starting trickle out. We’ve already heard the officially released “L$D,” “Everyday,” and “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2,” and now the Schoolboy Q-featuring track “Electric Body” has made its way online. As with most leaks, you’ll have to put up with stupid tags popping up i… More »

By: James Rettig / May 22, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Watch Schoolboy Q Admit He Has An Sponsorship Deal With The Letter Q On Comedy Bang! Bang!

Schoolboy Q is going to be making an appearance on this week’s episode of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, and the show has shared a funny teaser video where the rapper admits he has a sponsorship deal with the letter Q. “I get paid a shit ton of money just to say the letter Q,” he… More »

By: James Rettig / January 21, 2015 - 11:11 am

Schoolboy Q – “Hell Of A Night” Video

Schoolboy Q released the EDM-infused banger “Hell Of A Night” way back in May 2013, and it showed up on his #1 album Oxymoron early this year. Now Q has finally gotten around to making a video for the track, “cuHz i was bored.” Jonathan Augüstavó directed the clip, which features Q sipping on a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 7, 2014 - 12:20 pm

The Weeknd – “Often (Remix Feat. Schoolboy Q & Rick Ross)”

The Weeknd has been running with “Often” for a while now — what at first seemed like a one-off single has already gotten a… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Watch Tinashe & Schoolboy Q Perform “2 On” On Kimmel

Earlier this week, the L.A. singer Tinashe released Aquarius, maybe the year’s best R&B album. And last night, she was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, with guest rapper Schoolboy Q, to perform her breakout single “2 On.” That song came out way back at the beginning of the year, but it’s had remarkable staying power, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2014 - 9:21 am

Disclosure – “Latch (Remix)” (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

Disclosure’s “Latch” is coming up on two years old now, but the Sam Smith-assisted song is having a second life on radio, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 a few weeks back. With that newfound popularity comes new remixes and this one sees Schoolboy Q hopping on the track and adding a… More »

By: James Rettig / September 17, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Schoolboy Q – “Studio (Remix)” (Feat. Nas & BJ The Chicago Kid)

Schoolboy Q doesn’t really do “soothing,” but “Studio,” the BJ The Chicago Kid collab from his breakout album Oxymoron, is about as close as he gets. The song is about working and wishing you were having sex instead. Nas isn’t having any of that, though. In his verse on the track’s new remix, the ra… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Ab-Soul – “Hunnid Stax” (Feat. Schoolboy Q & Mac Miller) Video

Black Hippy colleagues Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q mostly get together to make supremely zooted party anthems, and “Hunnid Stax,” from Ab-Soul’s new album These Days…, certainly fits the bill. Director Adam Roberts has filmed the two of them, as well as an unbilled and barely-conscious-looking Mac Miller, at the sort of party where girls i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2014 - 3:23 pm

SUV Carrying Schoolboy Q Shot At After Show In Colorado, Three Other Passengers Injured

UPDATE: As Pitchfork points out, Schoolboy Q actually may have been a target in the shooting. ABC News Denver reports that Q was in an SUV with all three shooting victims, though he wasn’t personally hit, according to a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. They still haven’t found whoever shot at the SUV. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 9:00 am

Mac Miller – “Melt” (Feat. Schoolboy Q) (Prod. Pete Rock)

Schoolboy Q recently showed up on one track from Mac Miller’s surprisingly great recent mixtape Faces, and now we get to hear them on a track together again. Miller just shared “Melt,” a Q/Miller collaboration that apparently didn’t make the cut for Movies With The Sound Off, the album that Miller released last year. It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Ab-Soul – “Hunnid Stacks” (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

We recently heard Ab-Soul, the most reliably bugged-out member of L.A.’s Black Hippy crew, unite with Action Bronson and Asaad on his track “Stigmata,” and now he’s finally made concrete plans for These Days…, his new solo album. It’s coming out in a couple of weeks, and now he’s enlisted fellow Black Hippy member Schoolboy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Schoolboy Q – “Hoover Street” Video

Schoolboy Q has already made a pile of videos for songs from his 2014 breakout album Oxymoron, and the latest is for the growing-up-in-gangland reminiscence “Hoover Street.” The song is maybe the most poignant on the album, and it’s all about a young Q’s childhood encounters with crime and gang life. In the video, directed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2014 - 10:58 am

Bumbershoot Lineup 2014

The Bumbershoot Festival goes down in venues around Seattle every year on Labor Day weekend, and the lineup for this year’s festivities on 8/30-9/1 just came out. As usual, it’s a unique assembly of talent, not just a retread of your basic festival mainstay. A sampling of notable acts: Wu-Tang Clan (featuring… who knows?), the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014 - 9:46 am

SchoolBoy Q – “Studio” (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) Video (NSFW)

On Schoolboy Q’s jagged and fired-up new album Oxymoron, “Studio,” a collaboration with the promising R&B singer BJ The Chicago Kid, stands out as a rare languid moment. It’s a song about being at work but wishing you were having sex instead, and, I mean, we’ve all been there. The black-and-white video takes just about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 22, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Watch Schoolboy Q And Ab-Soul Debut “Druggys Wit Hoes 3″ In L.A.

Schoolboy Q’s first two albums featured Ab-Soul collabs called “Druggys Wit Hoes” and “Druggys Wit Hoes Again,” but a third part didn’t show up on his latest album Oxymoron. At the L.A. stop of his tour, Q showed that a third installment does exist by bringing out his Top Dawg labelmate to perform it with… More »

By: James Rettig / April 7, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Watch Schoolboy Q Play Kimmel

Schoolboy Q already scored a Billboard #1 album with his new Oxymoron, but somehow the greatest indication I’ve seen of his rising star is the fact that Jimmy Kimmel Live booked him on its outdoor festival stage and that the hometown crowd gave him more of an ovation than you usually see on shows like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014 - 9:57 am

Tinashe – “2 On” (Feat. Schoolboy Q) Video

With its DJ Mustard beat and its Schoolboy Q guest verse, “2 On,” the new single from the Los Angeles R&B singer Tinashe, is a song that aims for Tumblr cool and down-the-middle pop appeal at the same damn time. Similarly, the song’s new video, recreates some of the tropes of the late-’90s/early-’00s teenpop/R&B crossover… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2014 - 1:47 pm
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