Schoolboy Q, AB-Soul, Jugrnaut | Reggies’ Rock Club | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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When: Tue., May 8, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $20, $15 in advance
Hip-hop's always been a haven for potheads and pill poppers, but it didn't develop a full-fledged psychedelic wing till Lil Wayne's pre-jail phase as a Hendrix-style drugonaut. LA's Schoolboy Q is a member of the Black Hippy crew led by buzzy rapper Kendrick Lamar, and his recent album Habits & Contradictions (Top Dawg Entertainment) lives up to the crew's name with beats that are mind-­alteringly heady enough to stand up against the heaviest west-coast groups of the late 60s. Habits is full of references to some of the druggier moments in hip-hop history—Three 6 Mafia's gothic paranoia, the promethazine-purple haze of Houston rap—but Q isn't content just recycling ideas, and songs such as the sinister "Nightmare on Figg St." sound trippy in an all-new, boundary-pushing way. He never lets the mood get too dark for too long, though: breezier cuts, including the Genesis-sampling "Hands on the Wheel"—featuring a guest spot from A$AP Rocky (see Thursday)—let a little light in. —Miles Raymer AB-Soul and Jugrnaut open.

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