For the past couple months, Top Dawg Entertainment’s front runner, Kendrick Lamar, has been touring and selling out double header shows and as the man next in line for the limelight it was ScHoolboy Q’s turn last night to do the same. With tickets on sale for only a couple weeks, with two shows to cater to his wide growing fan base of 18+’s & 21+’s, Q successfully sold out BOTH shows before opening night. Over the course of the night, the crowd thickened as opening acts like Bishop Nehru & Young Grust Rich Fam warmed up the crowd performing their songs in hopes to gain some believers during their time on the famous SOBs stage.
Q walked on stage as Rocko’s controversial hit, “U.O.E.N.O.” blared from speakers, courtesy of ScHoolboy’s party-starting DJ A-Mack, and seamlessly transitioned into one of my favorites off of his late Habits & Contradictions album of last year, “Sacrilegious”. If you’ve ever been to a ScHoolboy Q show, you’d know that his shows could be described as a roller coaster. Why? The turn up & turn down contrasts of the tracks he chooses are sure to keep you on your toes. Last night he performed an array of his stand out tracks like “THere He Go”, “Gangster In Designer” & “Nightmare On Figg Street” while still smoothly transitioning into “My Hatin Joint”, “Blessed”, “#BETiGOTSUMWEED” & “How We Feeling” straight back into the undeniable turn up of “Druggys With Hoes Again”, sans Ab-Soul.
It’s known by their fans that Black Hippy artists can put on a hell of a show but ScHoolboy might be the most entertaining with his dancing, jokes & playful jabs at his other rapper friends like Danny Brown, & Ab-Soul. You could feel the anticipation from A$AP fans as the beat for “Brand New Guy” started off but Q quickly shut that down saying, “shout out to my nigga Rocky, naw he not here cause he on tour with Rihanna prolly bussin… I won’t even front I’m tryna hit too”. Before closing out the show, Q paid homage to his homie Kendrick saying “this ain’t even my song but I gotta perform it every night just cause its some real shit” as his DJ queued up “A.D.H.D.”
Probably one of the most standout moments of his set, aside from the crowd knowing the words to his week old single “Yay Yay”, was the moment he took out to acknowledge and thank his fans for being there and supporting him and saying “I love all y’all, seriously… Y’all put my daughter through school. Thank you.”
-Shenae Craig (@xCurry08) & Virgilio Mendez (@YouWantMoreV)