By Patrick Montes
Since the release of Kendrick Lamar's universally acclaimed album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, the Top Dawg Entertainment/Black Hippy crew has been dominating every wave of communication revolving around hip-hop. Whether it's a Kendrick Lamar single being played on Power 106 or an Ab-Soul feature on a buzzing up-and-comer's new mixtape, they seem to have every sphere of outreach and impact covered. As far as the primary share of the spotlight goes, Kendrick Lamar currently has the focus on him, but as of this year it's looking like TDE is hoping to change the scope of attention to the crew member next in line, Black Hippy's resident gangsta rapper Schoolboy Q.
In the past couple years, Schoolboy Q has had two moderate successes with the releases of Setbacks and Habits & Contradiction, two albums that have succeeded in garnering him the audience and pundit praise necessary to carve out one's spot in today's hip-hop. Q's biggest effort to date and the album that seeks to solidify his position, Oxymoron, is set to come out in the coming months, and in the midst of the promotional blitzkrieg surrounding that album Q swung by the Observatory Friday night to perform and continue building anticipation.More »