After many months of being relatively quiet Schoolboy Q has released his long-awaited album Blank Face. Schoolboy has always been one of my favorites out of TDE so i was very excited when i heard the album was dropping . Did schoolboy deliver with his sophomore project?
Right off the bat i could tell that Schoolboy was going for a different sound with this project. It was more serious and had less party themed tracks. Schoolboy went for a more gritty street album . Q also aimed to show off his lyrical chops and the improvement shows.
1.Torch- Anderson Paak does a great job of starting the album out and i loved Q and the production. I want to hear more from Paak and Q they come together and the final product was dope.
2.Lord Have Mercy- The whole feel i got from this song and the album as a whole was real and honest. Brutally honest and that is what i love about Q . I was upset at how short the song was. I wanted to hear more .
3.THat Part- This beat is interesting, Q gives us a light hearted track and it is refreshing given the theme of the album. This track was the second single for the album and i didn’t care for it when it first dropped, but it has grown on me. Kanyes verse was very underwhelming. I was expecting more from Mr. West. Kanye sounded incoherent , it sounded like kanye went into the booth drunk and just freestyled his verse.
4.Groovy Tony/Eddie Kane- Groovy Tony was the first single for the album. I wouldn’t have made this song the single. I would have made overtime the single to draw in buzz for the album. Groovy Tony is a harsh, brash, gritty song and i love it. Q gives a amazing verse and Jadakiss follows suit with a dope verse . Jadakiss raspy voice suits this song well and i wanted him to drop a verse for Eddie Kane as well. Eddie Kane is the second part of the song, when the beat switches , q doesn’t miss a beat and floats over this track
5.Kno Ya Wrong- Schoolboy showcases how insightful he can be and it worked out well. I love the beat , it is soulful and smooth. Lance Skiiiwalker who recently signed to TDE added a nice touch to this track.
6.Ride Out- One of my favorite tracks. It is loud and hard hitting and i love it. The chemistry between Q and Vince is spectacular and the two mesh well on a track. Vince verse is easily one of the best verses of this year. Vince floated effortlessly on this track. I must also commend Sounwave on the production on this track.
7.WHateva U Want- This song doesn’t fit this album at all. It sounded like Q was trying to make a love song and it just doesn’t work. The beat is horrendous and doesn’t fit Q well. This beat sounds like it is from a cheesy 80’s movie. Very forgettable song.
8.By Any Means- I love the guest appearance from Kendrick, it was the icing on the cake. Q’s verse is great. But i just dont see myself ever going back to this song. It seems as though this song was a throw away track.
9.Dope Dealer- I love everything about this song, except for E-40. I have tried to like E-40 but he just ruins this song. I must say i was surprised when i heard the metro boomin drop. It doesn’t sound like a typical metro boomin track and it just made me respect metro even more.
10.John Muir- One of the tracks that previewed on his Instagram and that clip actually made me excited for this project. Q delivers his gritty street raps over a hard hitting beat. Q’s flow on this track is immaculate. The Jazz instruments really complete and give the song a great feel.
11.Big Body- This track is absolutely terrible. I don’t know what Q was trying to go for here but he failed horribly. The beat is annoying and Q is doing i don’t know what with his voice but he should have never let this track see the light of day. I respect everything that Tha dogg Pound does and have done, but they didn’t make this track any better than it already was. Just No.
12.Neva Change- The production on this track is amazing. It is very smooth and relaxing and the contrast between the smooth beat and Q’s demanding voice draws in the listeners attention. SZA really puts the cherry on the top , completing this track. SZA’s voice is soulful and soothing.
13.Str8 Ballin- I was really surprised at the production and beats on this album. I was pleasantly surprised and it really shows Q’s versatility and how he has improved as a artist. The sample is dark and grim and Q’s verse is spectacular.
14. Black THoughts- This song is another insightful track about the thoughts going through his head and many people feel this way. I respect the harsh honesty from Q , i also love how he speaks on the injustices in america and gangs and how we should do better by ourselves.
15.Blank Face- Anderson Paak. gave a dope feature. He is easy to listen too and his voice his different and i love it. Q gave us one of the most insightful verses about growing up and his life . I honestly feel like this should have been the last track instead of Tookie Knows II. It would have been a better Outro and would have made more sense . But this is a amazing
16. Overtime- This song sounds like Studio part 2. I really enjoyed everything about the track. This song is smooth and fun, q is rapping about the girl of his dreams and how he can do her right. I don’t know much about Justine Skye but i was really impressed and am looking forward to checking out more of her music. Her voice is amazing and she ended the track well.
17. Tookie Knows II- I remember the first time i heard the first Tookie Knows, I was taken back and it ended up being one of my favorite Schoolboy Q songs. So my expectations were high when i saw this song on the track list. Ultimately i was let down by the song. The two features on this track are God awful. I don’t know who thought it would be a good idea to let them rap on this album. TF and Traffic must not have real friends , real friends don’t let their friends release trash verses like that.
Q dropped one of the best projects of 2016. The production was spectacular and the album flowed well. I had no expectations for this album and was blown away with the final product. Q’s songwriting ability has always been amazing and he just stepped up his game. Blank Face is arguably one of the best albums of this year and i can not wait to see what Q does next.
Favorite Tracks: JoHn Muir, Ride Out, Neva Change
I hope everyone is having a great summer and being safe. What are you thoughts on Blank Face LP? Let me know how you guys feel about the project. Be safe