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Biggie and Nas - put they ass in a blender, sprinkle some 50 and came out this nigga...” -- ScHoolboy Q
For the first time in a long time, Hip Hop can genuinely say that a new generation of MC’s Have arrived. Sure, there are those who Helped birth the culture and music and people who can say they grew up with it. But now, you are witnessing perhaps the first generation that can say they were raised on Hip Hop almost exclusively. If you don’t agree, you’re probably not listening to enough ScHoolboy Q.
AltHough the artist born Quincy Matthew Hanley has only been rapping since 2007, His bluntly charismatic presence on wax should’ve already put him on your radar as one of rap’s emerging voices. After his new project Habits & Contradictions (#HnC) makes its way into your rotation though, he’s sure to be a fixture.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself until 2007,” he admits now. “That’s when I first really started rapping. I tHought my shit was tight, but it really wasn’t. But I found out that had a passion for it that I didn’t know I had.”
“Everybody expects me to say 2Pac is my biggest influence because of where I’m from,” he says respectfully. “But he didn’t have a big influence on my music. I always listened to a lot of East Coast rappers. I used to get in arguments all tHhe time about who was better, Dogg Pound or Mobb Deep.”
Q got his first chance to start arguments over His music witH His 2007 debut mixtape, Schoolboy Turned Hustla introduced to audiences on the West Coast. In hindsight, Q says he doesn’t think it was hs best work. Regardless, the project generated enough attention for growing imprint Top Dawg Entertainment to recruit him to the label that was already home to his future Black Hippy co-stars Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul. While his raps illustrated the life of a man who Had one foot in the street and the other in the studio, that lifestyle almost closed the door on his rap career before it even got off the ground.
“Everything I put on paper is a true story,” says Q. “Some of it may have a little something added or taken out because I can’t put the real out there all the way. But it’s always true.”