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Schoolboy Q — Oxymoron


Quincy Hanley, known by his stage name Schoolboy Q, is a rapper hailing from Los Angeles, CA. He's part of the super group "Black Hippy," which includes three other notable mainstream rappers: Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock (under the independent label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE)).

Battling with drug-addiction for a large portion of his career, Oxymoron was Schoolboy’s third studio album and was largely based off his previous years selling and abusing various drugs. This album was his coming out party, as it was his first album release under a major label (Interscope Records), and it lived up to the hype that was created when he announced he would be releasing the album in late December, 2012.

The album is a brilliant mix of his past life on the streets and his current status as a rap star. The album start to finish doesn’t have a bad track, and this is a sentiment to Schoolboy’s progression as a rapper who is here to stay in the limelight. Look out for his next project, as it’s sure to be a quality release exhibiting his true skills as a west coast rapper.



If you never thought you'd be able to catch a Broadway musical about a rap superstar, fear not: Holler If Ya Hear Me is slated to head to the Great White Way this 2013-14 season. The rap musical is inspired by the work — not the life, as this will not be biographical — of Tupac Shakur.

Although Tupac's music is the inspiration behind the production, Holler If Ya Hear Me will be an original story set in a Midwestern industrial city, present day. (As opposed to East Harlem, where Tupac was born in 1971.) Tupac will not be a character in the musical, although the title of the play derives from his 1993 song "Holler If Ya Hear Me." Instead, the story features two childhood friends and their families as they try to deal with the difficult life on the inner-city streets.

Kenny Leon, who will direct the production, said this about the show: "Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that."