Schoolboy Q’s New Song Is a Reminder Why He’s One of the Best Rappers We’ve Got

Schoolboy Q has all the time been an ideal foil for fellow TDE member Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick is susceptible to philosophizing in an effort to make sense massive concepts. Even when he’s rapping about one thing private, what he’s actually doing is speaking in regards to the state the world. Schoolboy Q does a model this as nicely, however his voice is a perpetual growl. He isn’t not agitated, even when he’s having enjoyable. On the very transient “Numb Numb Juice,” which is ostensibly from an upcoming solo album (the final one he launched was 2016’s glorious Blank Face), Schoolboy Q is in superb kind, switching flows and voices like he’s no less than three completely different folks.

But what’s most interesting in regards to the track is the way in which it builds on the TDE mythology. It’s a solo track, however he’s pulling flows from his friends — when you hear him do Jay Rock’s stream from “King’s Dead” it’s unimaginable to not hear it, and much more unimaginable to not recognize it.

At the chance pulling an excessive amount of that means about the state rap music from a track that’s beneath two minutes lengthy, rap evolves quicker than just about each different style music. It constantly feels like the longer term even when it references the previous, and we’re all taking part in catch up. Hearing Schoolboy Q slot himself into the current historical past his personal rap crew — a spot he’s been largely absent from lately (he solely appeared as soon as on the Black Panther soundtrack and didn’t present up on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. or Jay Rock’s Redemption) is like discovering a lacking puzzle piece beneath your sofa. Schoolboy Q is one one of the best rappers we’ve bought proper now. It’s good that he’s again.