Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Single of the Week: ScHoolboy Q - "Collard Greens" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

ScHoolboy Q has never been the most technically accomplished member of the TDE/Black Hippy collective, neither is he the most gifted with storytelling or creating cinematic albums. But he may be the most canny when it comes to production choices, and perhaps the upcoming Oxymoron will demonstrate that further. Recent mainstream/underground crossover rap albums like good kid, m.A.A.d city and LongLiveA$AP (and Danny Brown's Old will likely join them once it's released) suggest that now is an unusually steady time for ambitious, encompassing hip hop, and Q brings something worthy of competition with his peers with "Collard Greens", the primary draw of which is its knocking, almost dub-inspired beat. Q keeps the hooks coming even before Kendrick Lamar shows up, with an unusually energetic guest verse. A solid moment for the two of them. Let's hope there are more to come.

ScHoolboy Q's new album Oxymoron will be released later in the year.

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