"CrasHes Into New Success"
By Steven Duarte
In today’s Rapscape there are few artists who are as versatile and bold as ScHoolboy Q. Since his first solo project Setbacks in 2011, the South Central native has created a very distinctive sound that captures the ears of everyone who enjoys and appreciates the essence of Hip-Hop as an expressive story-telling art form. With CrasH Talk his newest project that was released on April 15th, ScHoolboy has reached a new level of growth and artistry that highlights what a modern day emcee should strive for in their work. Along with an all-star list of features including 21 Savage, Kid Cudi and Lil Baby; ScHoolboy delves deep into his personal thoughts and beliefs about where his life is currently since the release of his previous project Blank Face. After the interviews leading up to the release of CrasH Talk, fans and critics alike were curious to see Q’s current mindset in the aftermath of bouts with anxiety and depression due to the loss of fellow friends and emcees Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle; in addition to not fully enjoying the turnout of Blank Face post album release in terms of fan support at live shows.
In an interview done with Charlamagne Tha God, ScHoolboy admitted to having moments where he did not want to discuss or think about music because of the unusual adversity he faced in between the production of his most recent projects. However through constant trial and error in what Q describes as crashing, he was able to generate a great standout project that shows significant improvement in his confidence and delivery as an artist. The best tracks on the album from my personal preference in music from ScHoolboy include Tales, Black Folk and Crash. Theses tracks separate themselves from the others because you can really hear the maturation in ScHoolboy not only as an artist, but as a man as well. The idea of owning up to personal faults and leaving a worthwhile legacy for his daughter and her generation are the main focus of these cuts and it is great to see this progression in Q for anyone who is a fan of his music. He also does a masterful job of blending in well with the features he had for the album including meshing with artists like Kid Cudi, who has a notably different sound and style from ScHoolboy. All in all, Crash Talk is a great album to listen to in almost any setting in 2019 because there is a song that can reflect multiple moods for the listeners to relate to. If you are a fan of unique story-telling and songs that are hardcore hits, I highly recommend as a fan of Hip-Hop that you give this album a listen.
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