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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 in the video below, he spends some time with Schoolboy Q, discussing Q’s gang history, his football history, his pre-fame videos in Tyga videos, and the Chromatics. But the interview… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2014 - 12:59 pm

The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Are Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 4:22 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 concessions to Q’s new Interscope overlords. Even a track that would seem to scream “next single” — like “What They Want,” which has a Mike Will Made-It beat and a… More »

By: 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 Spirit. “You can’t chase the money,” he pleads. What exactly has Blacc been doing these past few years, then? This is a guy who broke through to TV sync ubiquity… More »

By: 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 up attempting to skateboard after just one marginally nasty fall. Well, all of our dreams are about to come true. Hoverboards are finally here for real! More »

By: 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. (Also, it’s great. That’s important, too.) And now he’s on the grand late-night promotional tour. He’s already hit Fallon and Conan, and last night, he did the Chromatics-sampling party song… More »

By: 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 a few St. Vincent fans. And on the night of his release date, he served as musical guest on Conan, enlisting a full live band and the great young soul… More »

By: 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 A$AP Rocky. Q got one of his first big looks when he delivered a scene-stealing guest verse on Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP highlight “Brand New Guy,” and his biggest hit might still… More »

By: 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 madly in every direction. It’s a chaotic, all-over-the-place dance, and I’m amazed he doesn’t accidentally whirl off the stage at least once a show. (Q started out as Kendrick Lamar’… More »

By: 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 of its best songs, the splenetic Alchemist-produced banger “Break The Bank.” Director Jason Goldwatch’s clip is an absorbing piece of sun-infused tough-guy verite, and it stars both an extensively face-tatted… More »

By: 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 Greens,” “Break The Bank,” and “Blind Threats.” But now the whole album is streaming early in advance of Tuesday’s street date. Oxymoron features guest spots from BJ The Chicago Kid,… More »

By: 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’s forthcoming and hotly anticipated Oxymoron, but nobody’s sending me a promo, and it hasn’t leaked. It’s probably great, though! Early tracks “Collard Greens,” “Banger (Moshpit),” “Man Of The Year,” and… More »

By: 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 The Year,” that the Black Hippy rapper took to Late Night last night. Watch Q make his network television debut backed by the Roots below. More »

By: 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 their collective belts, and another act that’s up for their first this year, and yet another whose song here takes a (playful) shot at an artist who’s up for seve… More »

By: 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 Year.” Today, an eerie, rattling, Alchemist-produced six-minute banger called “Break The Bank” made its way to the internet, and you can hear it below. More »

By: 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, sensuous R&B. The mixtape, in all its airy luxury, never quite clicked for me, but plenty of my peers loved it. And now she’s followed it by applying its vibe to… More »

By: 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. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: 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 have been comedians, but last night he had a chat with Black Hippy member ScHoolboy Q, who admitted he does not get on TV much. That’s probably why this interview… More »

By: 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 confluence, Kendrick’s Black Hippy comrade Schoolboy Q has a new song called “Man Of The Year” — a song completely unrelated to Kendrick’s issues with GQ. Q debuted a snippet… More »

By: 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 by Jerome D. Check it out below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 26, 2013 - 9:28 am