ScHoolboy Q
Blank Face LP


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
July 13th, 2016 | 352 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Resolutely Q.

For about 5-minutes of every year, ScHoolboy Q is everybody's favourite rapper. Listening to his singles (e.g. "Collard Greens") or his features (e.g. "Let it Bang"), he sounds a remarkably captivating rapper, tumbling between words with a bluster unmatched by your regular trap goon. His flow is urgent whilst lyrical, ensuring some meaning is attached to his threats while ensuring you'll be 'leaving with a hole in [your] skull.' Outside of those 5-minutes, though, Q tends to a remarkably boring and frustrated spitter, preferring to cop a lackadaisical delivery over the menace that can put him well ahead of Kendrick and the Black Hippy crew. Q himself has complained about his waning critical and commercial fortunes, often insisting in vain that he is, '... better than [Kendrick]... It's a layup.' It's hard not to agree when he's at optimal performance; that's so rare though that it's laughable to think he might be serious. So Blank Face operates on the premise that those brief moments of excellence Q nonchalantly veers into can be sustained across a 75-minute long player.

Without going into specifics, Blank Face is by far the most consistently captivating ScHoolboy Q has ever been. Part of that can be attributed to Q's latent direction towards album-oriented sounds and themes, aiming to relay a generally amped-up paranoia brought on by street-level shellshock. Credit where it's due, Q's snarling and onomatopoeic phrasing of 'knocks' and 'bangs' become the norm, often opting for a savageness he infrequently indulges. When matched by equally brutish beats- sounds that err closer to the Southern horrorcore of 808 Mafia than, say, radio-friendly trap or critically appeasing backpacker rap- Q's better than he's ever been. It all balances out to solidify Blank Face as something singular in expression. Most of that is to say nothing of when it all devolves into limply worded posturing, of which Blank Face is guilty of at least half of the time. Ordinarily, Q's deficiencies are most clearly at fault; here, it's a smattering of poorly chosen guests that hinder Q's worked over vision. As opposed to Vince Staples or Anderson .Paak, who bolster Blank Face's obsession with narcotics and braggadocio, misplaced spots from E-40 and Kanye West serve the record poorly outside of marketing purposes. It's hard to see that being an issue though had Blank Face not sprawled unnecessarily beyond an hour's length. It's a reminder that ScHoolboy Q hasn't really got a hang of quality control quite yet. But then again, he's always been prone to this sort of nonsense; Blank Face is still resolutely ScHoolboy Q in its misplaced bravado. In terms of pure thrills, though, it's difficult to argue against this being his best album yet.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Futures
July 13th 2016


9977 Comments


good review bud.

Futures
July 13th 2016


9977 Comments


i might be the only one that absolutely loves oxymoron but i think it's as good as this.

Spacesh1p
July 13th 2016


7669 Comments


Best review of this so far, nice.

Thealwaysopenedmind
July 13th 2016


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, Arcade. I kinda like mine better though, I just don't know why. Hahaha.

Thealwaysopenedmind
July 13th 2016


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just a little friendly competition. Haha. Also, how does one rise in the ranks on this site? Is it based off of the amount of reviews done or do you have to know the right people?

iloveyouall
July 13th 2016


6319 Comments


I recommend being chummy with me and the mods.

StarlessCore
July 13th 2016


5958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album bangs

Scoot
July 13th 2016


19226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

walkin livin legend man i feel like KOBE

Thealwaysopenedmind
July 13th 2016


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^Scoot with the Banshee cover. Haha.

Ryus
July 13th 2016


17393 Comments


beggars cant be choosers bitch this aint chipotle

kickstrum91
July 13th 2016


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ehhh

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2016


3240 Comments


Scrupulous yet concise write up, as usual. Nice work, Arcade, mindpos.

"how does one rise in the ranks on this site? Is it based off of the amount of reviews done or do you have to know the right people?"

High Priest Jom usually asks for two pecan pies as a tribute to the Lord mx before beginning the initiation ritual, the specifics of which I can't discuss here.

Slex
July 13th 2016


6427 Comments


Love the production and Q's personality, but this dude very rarely has any flow at all in his actual rapping, he's always fucking interrupting himself and it annoys me like no other

Digging: Blessed (CAN) - Salt

Futures
July 13th 2016


9977 Comments


huh? his flow is pretty distinct

Slex
July 13th 2016


6427 Comments


For me personally, his flow sounds really choppy most of the time and he constantly interrupts himself with little ad-libs or something. I think it's his personality that's unique. I do think it's just a personal preference for me tho, nothing against him and this is a really good album

DoctorDoom
July 13th 2016


2987 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Does not compute.

Futures
July 13th 2016


9977 Comments


his aggressive flow is pretty unique tbh

Slex
July 13th 2016


6427 Comments


Just a personal preference, I don't think y'all are wrong

StarlessCore
July 13th 2016


5958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agree freddie

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2016


3240 Comments


I'd prob dig this if it were instrumental



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