Quincey Hanley isn’t the most gangsta of names, but the American hip hop rapper doesn’t let that stop him as he lays down the law under his ScHoolboy Q alias, putting out smoking barrel time after time, track after track. Taking to O2 Institute Birmingham on Thursday 15th December, the California resident will bring his signature swag to the Midlands.
A key artist on the Top Dawg Entertainment label that has put out all of Kendrick Lamar’s LPs, ScHoolboy Q can claim Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick himself as musical accomplices, having joined them in formation of supergroup Black Hippy. Regularly guesting on each other’s solo albums, the crew have become one of the most powerful presences in West Coast rap, with ScHoolboy releasing his fourth LP Blank Face just last week. Perhaps lacking Kendrick’s shell-shocking profoundness, Q instead makes use of an aggressively shapeshifting style, cutting between drawn out and double time rhymes as he flits between unconventional flows. A Californian by location but heavily influenced by East coasters like Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Nas, the rapper has developed a distinctive sound that has earned him respect across the states, as demonstrated by third album Oxymoron’s huge commercial success. Oxymoron tore through the Billboard 2000 chart to enter at number one, propelling ScHoolboy Q into the US hip hop hierarchy.
Q will be looking to do similar damage in Birmingham when he rolls through this winter.
Words by Andrew Kemp
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