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Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples, Audio Push 

When: Tue., April 22, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: sold out
Members of rap crews tend to fall into specific roles as reliably as members of boy bands. In the Los Angeles crew Black Hippy, Kendrick Lamar is the level-headed thinker with a socially conscious streak, while Schoolboy Q is the id-driven wild-out party guy. His independently released 2012 album, Habits & Contradictions—and specifically standout track “Hands on the Wheel,” built around a sample of a cover that singer-songwriter Lissie did of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness”—made him a star, first with hip-hop heads and then with a more mainstream college crowd. With his new major-label debut, Oxymoron (Interscope), he seeks to broaden his audience, and singles such as the brooding yet weirdly hedonistic “Man of the Year” seem to be doing the job.

Twenty-two-year-old Isaiah Rashad first made waves last year when he rapped in a cypher alongside Black Hippy during the BET Hip Hop Awards. In January he released Cilvia Demo, a 14-song “EP” that mixes grimy production, pop smarts, and the kind of thoughtful lyricism that old-school rap fans are pretty much constantly saying is in danger of going extinct. —Miles Raymer


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