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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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Watch ScHoolboy Q Smoke A Comically Large Joint For Nardwuar

For something like the fourth year in a row, the extremely prepared goofball interviewer Nadwuar spent just about all of SXSW speaking with rappers. And…
Tom Breihan | March 18, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Schoolboy Q – “What They Want” (Feat. 2 Chainz) Video

Schoolboy Q's great new LP Oxymoron is the #1 album in the country, but it's also a rough and clattering rap record with precious few…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2014 - 9:46 am

The Week In Pop: Aloe Blacc’s Spirit-Dampening Star Turn

"Don't chase the money," Aloe Blacc intones, in a Sam Cooke croon over a Stevie Wonder romp, about halfway through his new album Lift Your
Chris DeVille | March 6, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Watch Schoolboy Q And Best Coast In This Fake Hoverboard Commercial

Hoverboards! Who didn't want one after seeing Back To The Future Part II? Even I wanted one, and I'm terrified of heights and gave u…
Chris DeVille | March 4, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Watch Schoolboy Q Play Arsenio

The L.A. rapper Schoolboy Q is having a titanic week. His new album Oxymoron is out, and it's projected to top next week's Billboard chart.
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2014 - 10:02 am

Watch Schoolboy Q Play Conan & NPR’s First Listen Live Concert In NYC

Yesterday, the L.A. rapper Schoolboy Q released his long-awaited new album Oxymoron, and it earned our Album Of The Week designation, over the objections of…
Tom Breihan | February 26, 2014 - 11:37 am

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

Schoolboy Q's greatest rapping partner, it turns out, may not be any of the members of his Black Hippy crew; it may, in fact, be…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Album Of The Week: Schoolboy Q Oxymoron

If you've ever seen Schoolboy Q live, you've probably seen him doing the dance he does: Both hands up, pogoing sideways, spinning, careening, head bobbling…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Schoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” Video

The L.A. rap spitfire Schoolboy Q is one day away from releasing his furious new album Oxymoron, and now he's made a video for one…
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2014 - 10:46 am

Stream Schoolboy Q Oxymoron

You should already be somewhat familiar with Schoolboy Q's much anticipated third LP Oxymoron -- we've heard cuts "Man Of The Year," "Yay Yay," "Collard
Scott Lapatine | February 22, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Schoolboy Q – “Blind Threats” (Feat. Raekwon)

Rock-critic first-world struggles: I can't figure out what next week's Album Of The Week is going to be until someone lets me hear Schoolboy Q'…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2014 - 9:34 am

Watch ScHoolboy Q Play Fallon

ScHoolboy Q landed on our latest Best Songs Of The Week with "Break The Bank," but it was another Oxymoron cut, the Chromatics-sampling "Man Of…
Scott Lapatine | January 25, 2014 - 5:48 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Heading into Grammy weekend, it's kind of fitting that this week's 5 Best Songs includes a couple artists with a dozen total Grammy awards under…
Stereogum | January 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Schoolboy Q – “Break The Bank”

L.A. rapper Schoolboy Q's much-awaited new album Oxymoron arrives next month, and we've already heard tracks like "Collared Greens," "Banger (Moshpit)," and "Man Of The
Tom Breihan | January 21, 2014 - 10:51 am

Tinashe – “2 On” (Feat. Schoolboy Q) (Prod. DJ Mustard)

Late last year, the Los Angeles singer Tinashe guested on Ryan Hemsworth's Guilt Trips album and released Black Water, her own album of personal, sensuou…
Tom Breihan | January 13, 2014 - 4:21 pm

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Watch ScHoolboy Q On The Pete Holmes Show

Pele Holmes is a popular comedian and podcaster who hosts the new-ish nightly talk show after Conan on TBS. Most of Holmes’ guests so far…
Scott Lapatine | December 10, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”

Right about now, Kendrick Lamar is tangling with GQ over his portrayal in the magazine's Man Of The Year issue. And through some weird cosmic…
Tom Breihan | November 19, 2013 - 10:03 am

ScHoolboy Q – “Banger (Moshpit)” Video

Last month we heard "Banger (Moshpit)" by ScHoolboy Q from his upcoming LP Oxymoron. Now there's a video for the song too; it was directed…
Liz Pelly | October 26, 2013 - 9:28 am