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ScHoolboy Q ‘Blank Face’ Review By, Kyle Pinaro

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An unforgettable face

ScHoolboy Q is a member of Top Dawg Entertainment, the label that has been putting out some of arguably the best projects in the past 5 years. With a roster like Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, and SZA; there’s always a ton of hype behind a new TDE project. Q’s last project Oxymoron was a solid commercial debut, it, unfortunately, was plagued by an overbearing hype machine placed on it when he announced it’s title before it was finished, leading to frequent delays and ceiling high expectations. It’s been 2 and a half years since his last project and he’s back with Blank Face LP.

This is easily some of ScHoolboy Q’s best work and his most mature. The themes on this album range from gang banging to police brutality and standing together to end hate… something you wouldn’t expect from the guy who wrote a song about druggies with hoes, twice.  Seriously there isn’t a single “bad” song on here. The only thing that felt out of place was the songs “THat Part” and “Overtime.” “Overtime” was revealed by Q to be a blatant radio single by the label and it can succeed in that sense but it felt unnecessary. “THat Part” is 100% a banger but just doesn’t feel like it has a place on this album.

Other than those two slip-ups this is really one of the best albums of the year by far, it’s a truly impressive body of work. This album succeeds in every imaginable way, from it’s brooding atmospheric sound, to it’s clever wordplay Q delivers better than before. Production is mainly handled by Digiphonics+ with a couple of high-profile beats by the likes of Metro Boomin (!!) and Tyler, The Creator. It’s focused and coherent and above all, it sounds brilliant. Hats off to ScHoolboy Q.

Score: 5/5

-Kyle Pianro

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