Schoolboy Q- Habits and Contradictions
I find myself constantly having the same arguments with individuals claiming to be “well versed” in hip-hop culture that organic hip-hop is still alive and well. I get it, the 90’s were a great period for independent hip-hop, but times change and there are still relevant artists pushing the culture forward like never before. Throughout the 2000’s, different rappers and crews with interesting approaches on the genre surfaced such as Definitive Jux, Asap Rocky, Doomtree, Pac Div, and finally Black Hippy which Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q is a member of and considered a valuable asset. His latest release “Habits and Contradictions” just so happens to offer the most refreshing hip-hop to be released so far this year.
It’s somewhat of a challenge trying to pin down Schoolboy Q’s rap style. He’s amorphous in many ways channeling street life, drug dealing, and the defilement of women one moment, but then showcases optimism about his day-to-day struggles at the next turn. His rapping characteristics are not always heavy on wordplay, and he’s also not constantly “hot dogging” his flow with speed and accuracy. Some may write off these particular traits as a lacking MC still discovering his footing, but it actually has the opposite effect in making Schoolboy Q’s style seem well rounded and allows his listeners to immerse themselves in the world he creates throughout “Habits and Contradictions”. No matter what walk of life you are from, this record has the uncanny ability to make Schoolboy Q’s experiences seem channeled through the listener as if it were their own everyday happenings. With this mesmerizing appeal backed by the excellent use of production and sampling, “Habits and Contradictions” becomes more of an addictive experience than just another hip-hop record doing the same old song and dance.
Schoolboy Q’s “Habits and Contradictions” is a breakout record for this young artist, and should be on the tip of any hip-hop aficionados tongue. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so. You can follow this artist through their Facebook, purchase this record through Amazon, or stream a track from the album below: