It’s been a very dark time in the U.S and globally right now and while at times it feels like music just isn’t the first thing on our minds, it’s still holding the power to channel alot of our frustrations.
Rappers, MC’s and skilled lyricists who can speak volumes in their music, can bring our emotions to the surface in a way that the media is impotent to do. SchoolBoy Q’s album has dropped during a time when we’re saddened, and deeply in despair with daily crisis we’re waking up to. Something Q himself is not immune to;
I understand bro, on a day I'm supposed 2 Happy I'm sitting Here fucked up about everytHing goin on myself https://t.co/MaHB4nXkGP
— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolBoyQ) July 8, 2016
So while ‘Blank Face’ has been one of our most hotly anticipated albums for some time, it’s also one project that we’ll be taking in a little slower over the weeks to come. What is clear is that this is one hefty 17-track project, and Schoolboy Q has called in all the major forces to put on his ‘Blank Face’ which includes features from Vince Staples, Jadakiss, Anderson .Paak, E-40 and fellow TDE members SZA and Lance Skiiiwalker. We already had the works with the Kanye West featured lead single, “THat Part.” and a surprise Black Hippy remix featuring Kendrick and Ab-Soul which emerged a few hours earlier;
“When Alton Sterling gettin’ killed for nothin’
Two cowards in the car, they’re just there to film
Sayin’ #BlackLivesMatter should’ve died with him
Wrong nigga in your hood, you gon’ ride on him
White nigga with a badge, you gon’ let that slide?
Tell me how they sent that footage off and slept that night
I feel bad that my daughter gotta live this life
I’ll die for my daughter, gotta fight this fight”
In an exclusive interview tonight with Semtex, listen in to hear Schoolboy Q talk about the album, his journey since ‘Oxymoron’, the making of the album and the current state of gang culture in LA, “Being a hoodlum and a hooligan is something that’s everywhere, being a terrorist and terrorising your own community is everywhere“. Talking trust issues since his come up, Schoolboy Q is real about how his circumstances have changed him and his outlook on life.
Check out the full Schoolboy Q interview with DJ Semtex tonight on BBC 1Xtra at 10pm and stream or download ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Blank Face‘ LP now.