Man of the year ScHoolboy Q thrills with his west coast hip hop

American rapper ScHoolboy Q played his first ever show in Luxembourg on Sunday evening and from the reaction of the crowd at Rockhal I think he’ll be back again soon.

Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known by his stage name ScHoolboy Q has taken America by storm over the last few years after joining Top Dog Entertainment where he began working with Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Kendrik Lamar, with all of them collaborating on each others records and playing live under the name of Black Hippy. These collaborations have brought Schoolboy Q to a whole new audience that saw his last two records “Oxymoron” and “Blank Face LP” hit the No1 & 2 spot on the American charts respectively, as well as notching up three Grammy nominations, so it’s fair to say he has hit the big time.

Sauntering onto the stage with his hoody covering his face to a blaze of red and flashing strobe lights Q didn’t take long to whip the crowd up into a frenzy as he had everyone swaying their hands in the air, yelling the opening lyrics to “Gangsta” as if it was a call to arms.

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Whilst Q can deliver some lyrics with an abrasive volley there is the constant mellow groove to the backing tracks which brought with it a wonderful juxtaposition that gave you the same feel as drum and bass where you can groove to the laidback beats or get more animated to the vocal rhythms such as on “Break The Bank”.

With the undeniable intro to “Collard Greens” Q was at it again hyping up the crowd as they jumped around once more to the Kendrik Lamar collaborated track. Mentioning he was the first one from his label to make it to Luxembourg he gave us a taste of what we’ve been missing as he launched into Lamar’s “Alright” & “m.A.A.d City” which of course went down a storm.

As Q ran around the stage continuing to hype up the crowd you could tell he takes his style from the old-school hip hop style, not relying on distracting visuals or stage props but just himself and a DJ on a set of decks behind him as he prowled the stage feeding off the crowd’s energy and sending it back at them ten-fold which only energised the audience again and again as they rapped back at him on “Dope Dealer” and “Tookie Knows II” where he was joined on stage by TF.

He would come back for an encore with another fan favourite “Man of the Year” from “Oxymoron” & “THat Part” which had the crowd doing their best Kanye West impressions as they jumped around and sang at the top of their voices one more.

Although Q mentioned he was suffering from a cold he still insisted on keeping the energy high all evening and battled through. With no lulls in proceedings the set flew by at breakneck speed. It just goes to show you don’t need all the stage antics to get the crowd going, just some old-school stagecraft.

Rockhal – 4.12.16

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