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SD Exclusive: Kirko Bangz Explains Bigger Than Me Album Title & Creating “Love Rihanna”

SD Exclusive: Kirko Bangz Explains Bigger Than Me Album Title & Creating Love Rihanna

It's been three years since "Drank In My Cup" and Kirko Bangz is finally ready to release his debut album, Bigger Than Me, this June. Many might think he missed his window to capitalize off the success of his earlier singles, but Kirko feels otherwise. "A lot of niggas would've ...

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Access 206: J. Pinder Interview

Access 206: J. Pinder Interview

At some point in an artist's career, he can feel like he only do so much in his city. For J. Pinder, that happened and he ended up moving down to Los Angeles in 2012. A move that might have been criticized a little bit, but has turned out to ...

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SD Exclusive: G-Eazy Talks These Things Happen; Details E-40 & ASAP Ferg Collaborations

SD Exclusive: G-Eazy Talks These Things Happen; Details E-40 & ASAP Ferg Collaborations

G-Eazy seems energetic and excited. He’s been on tour for about two weeks with sold-out shows in every city on his These Things Happen tour, named after his upcoming debut album. When I arrive, his manager informs me that G just got back the mastered version of his album, so ...

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Review: Rick Ross – Mastermind

Review: Rick Ross - Mastermind

Mastermind, previously slated for release on December 17th, 2013, is in stores this week. It’s Rick Ross’s sixth studio album, and his second in a row to miss a winter release—despite statements over the years by Ross and the MMG twitter account that the Untouchable Maybach Empire does not do ...

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SD Exclusive: DJ Folk Talks About Jeezy & Rick Ross, Birdman’s Album, Retirement & More

SD Exclusive: DJ Folk Talks About Jeezy & Rick Ross, Birdman's Album, Retirement & More

On January 24, Rick Ross took the internet into the palm of his hands with news of a collaboration with long-time rival Jeezy. People were anticipating what a 2014 record between the two could sound like, and, most importantly, if it’d even be good. However, there was someone who has ...

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Drug use is at an all time high across the globe. Which puts the demand for great music about drugs on an equal level. The people wanna get high fast, and they want to do with music that relates to the activity. Top Dawg Ent. has been slowly living out a Frankenstein effect in the game lately with Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. They returned to the lab, applied power and alive came Schoolboy Q, their answer for putting a hold on the drug field of music. Under TDE, Q has been building his name slowly but surely. The success of Kendrick Lamar helped a lot. In a sense, if the Weeknd donned a gangsta persona and was from Los Angeles, you’d have Schoolboy Q.

Unlike Abel Testafaye’s lugubrious relationship with his music, Schoolboy Q handles a more fun element. Throughout Habits & Contradictions, Q displays this nicely. He and Ab-Soul add a lot of energy and bounce to their sequel, “Druggys With Hoes Again.” While we know those two can create good music, another duo has been brewing in the form of Q and ASAP Rocky. They go two for two on collaborations with “Hands On The Wheel”. It makes everything feel like one big party. The one true comparison between The Weeknd and Schoolboy Q’s styles lies in “How We Feeling”. A slowed down record of “ohs” and high thoughts but no actual memorable parts giving it the feel of a long interlude.

Let’s not put Q in this lone category as a “drug rapper” but more of a rapper who just happens to rap about drugs at times. There’s a lot more to who the man born Quincy Hanley really is. Who knew that sending sexual text messages (“Sexting”) could trigger the same energy in Q as the actual sport. On the flip side, alongside Dom Kennedy, who steals the show, and Curren$y, Q’s toned down side works on “Groovline Pt. 1,” surprisingly produced by Lex Luger. It gives off that same surprise when you realized he produced Wale’s “That Way”.

While Habits & Contradictions deserves your undivided attention on the first listen, after a while there will be some songs that are likely to get the skip button. “Niggahs Already Know,” while creative from one point of view, will make you sick of that three word combination by the time you reach the end. It’s hard to hate any of the records but songs like “Raymond 1969” and “My Hatin’ Joint” just act like fillers. Several listens to both songs doesn’t give off the same kind of vibes as the rest of the album.

It’s hard to deny TDE’s ear for talent. There’s a reason for everyone slowly succeeding at their own paces. With his second independent album a great success (4,000 first week as opposed to 1,000 with Setbacks, his first album) in more than one way, Schoolboy Q has made it clear that he’s going to be one of those future forces in the game, like Kendrick Lamar. It seems one more big project could launch him in that direction. For now, Habits & Contradictions should remain in rotation for quite some time and become a habit of getting a daily spin.

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    LOVE it! Dope review!

   
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