ScHoolboy Q‘s Blank Face LP arrives today (July 8) but before we dive into Q’s latest LP, The Boombox is looking back at the rapper’s greatest songs.
Q has been delivering good music to the masses since 2009 with his debut mixtape, ScHoolboy Turned Hustla. Under the Black Hippy and Top Dawg Entertainment umbrella, he’s also brought on a number of stellar features from the crew — including some killer verses from Kendrick Lamar.
The 29-year-old is not only able to mix soul music with his gangsta persona — he also remains consistent in giving fans a classic sound. And we’re sure his follow-up to 2014’s Oxymoron will continue to do the same.
Here are The Boombox’s Top 10 ScHoolboy Q Songs.
BJ The Chicago Kid is always a good idea. In “Studio,” the Cali rapper enlisted the singer to serenade his girl. “I’m just sitting in the studio just trying to get to you, baby / But this song so f—— dope, girl, it’s hard not for me to blaze it / To tell the truth, wish it was you in this booth that I was blazing / So I’m just sitting in the studio just trying to get to you, baby,” sings BJ. With swoonworthy lyrics like that, ti’s no wonder the song became Q’s highest charting track on Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 38.
ScHoolboy Q brought on feature work for this track as well. But this time it’s from none other than Kendrick Lamar. Together the two are feeling “blessed” and make sure to tell listeners about the joys of being a Black Hippy.
If you need to get hype, ScHoolboy’s “Yay Yay” has got you covered. With production from Boi-1da, Q brings his slow rap style to the track and is sure to bring a bunch of quotables like “My agenda for today is to make bread or get laid.”
“Break Da Bank”
Zoey Dollaz may be trying to “blow a check” but Q is aiming to “Break Da Bank.” In this track, off of 2014’s Oxymoron, Q slows it up as he delivers some dope rhymes in an old school style fashion.
Hands on the Wheel”
ScHoolboy Q went outside of the Black Hippy crew for this track. The A$AP Rocky-featured song, “Hands on the Wheel,” successfully melds together the two rappers’ individual and unique style.
“Druggys WitH Hoes Again”
The catchy track, “Druggys WitH Hoes Again,” comes off of Habits & Contradictions. Although it serves as a sequel to “Druggys WitH Hoes,” the follow-up track is clearly the favorite of the two. With the assist from Ab-Soul and the numerous times the two say “extra pills,” it’s certainly a fun one. No wonder the video gained over six million views on YouTube.
It’s another Kendrick collab! Q and Kendrick are a dynamic duo as it’s been seen in previously mentioned tracks. “Collard Green” is no different. Between the trippy video and creative rhymes, the track has easily become a fan favorite.
“NigHtmare on Figg St.”
It’s hard to not get goosebumps when we listen to ScHoolboy Q’s “NigHtmare on Figg St.” As the TDE rapper rhymes about putting “steel behind ya” and placing “five inside ya.” He also threatens to “leave ’em in the streets with his shoelaces missing and socks up off his feet.” The song, which was produced by A$AP Ty Beats, also takes a few creative jabs at Jay Z.
“Hell of a Night”
ScHoolboy Q did this dance track for the ladies. Just when we thought he was all gangsta, Q shows us tidbits of “Groovy Tony.” “Get up out your seat, you can have my drink, let me see you dance / Get up off your feet, you can be my freak, let me see you jam,” he raps in the hook over DJ Dahi’s snare-heavy beat.
“Man of the Year”
“Man of the Year” is more than a song — it’s ScHoolboy Q’s anthem. One listen to this song can have just about any hip-hop lover ready to take on the world. The inspirational vibe is no doubt one of the reasons this song became Q’s second highest charting track on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at No. 62.