This album was released on April 26th this year. I’m glad I’m finally getting to this album because the Marathon I did for it is out of date as of now. With that said, I don’t think I’m gonna like this album. First of all, the features for this album are very concerning. Kid Cudi is the only one I like even a little. YG is cool sometimes I guess. The features aren’t the only reason I think this is gonna be weak though. Pretty much everyone I follow and talk to has said that this is easily ScHoolboy Q’s worst album. I don’t even love his discography that much as it is, so I’m almost positive I’m not gonna be into this one. It may not end up being completely wack, but I’m sure it won’t be good. I’ve heard two of the singles. I like one of them, and the other is trash. I’m hoping I enjoy this album more than everyone else, but that’s unlikely to be honest. I’m keeping my expectations low.
1. Gang Gang produced by DJ Fu & J-Bo
The beat on this beat is pretty average. It sounds like a typical mainstream Trap instrumental. The hook is nothing special, but it’s not bad. Wow. This is definitely the most underwhelming intro out of all of Q’s albums. I wasn’t crazy about Torch, but it was way better than this. This verse is boring as hell. His flow is very lazy. It sounds like he’s doing what pretty much every other current Trap artist does these days. This is super generic. Man… I don’t even know what to say. This isn’t a bad song. It’s just not good at all. Absolutely nothing about this track stands out in a positive way. I’m never gonna listen to this again, but it’s decent.
2. Tales produced by DJ Dahi, Jake One & G Koop
Oh, okay. Here we go. This beat is awesome. I expect nothing less from DJ Dahi. I’ve never heard anything from him that wasn’t fire, unless I’m forgetting something. The first verse on this track was pretty good. It wasn’t amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.
I could’ve went D1, but, like, I wasn’t with it
My SATs and grades was high enough, but I wasn’t with it
I couldn’t bring my dawgs with me, so I wasn’t with it
With the biscuit off the counter, me and Floyd get to dumping
Not a drop of blood in us but can’t say we ain’t cousins
The hook is really dope. Whoever’s vocals those are did a really good job. It sounds great. The second verse was even better than the first one. That was great. I like this song a lot, but the ending felt very abrupt. I feel like this song should’ve been about a minute longer than it actually was. The hook is only performed once, and there are only two verses. Just looking at the lengths of each track, I have a feeling that there aren’t gonna be any songs with more than two verses. This probably isn’t a big deal to most people, but I’m not happy about how these days songs with three verses are rare. Whatever. I still really enjoyed this song. I think it’s dope af.
3. CHopstix featuring Travis Scott produced by DJ Dahi
Damn. I guess I have to take back what I just said about DJ Dahi lol. That’s unfortunate. Y’all probably already know that this is the single I was referring to in the preamble when I said one of them was trash. Well, actually… I don’t even think the beat is bad. I think it’s kinda good to be honest. The issue is the actual artists on the song. Travis Scott delivered one of the laziest hooks I’ve ever heard for a single. That hook fucking sucks. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve never actually been a fan of Travis in the first place, so it makes sense that I didn’t like his performance here. Both of the verses from Q on this song are painfully boring too. This is one of the most uninteresting songs Q has ever done to be honest. The beat is the only aspect of the song that I like, and even that’s not amazing or anything. The first verse from Q fucking sucks.
I got a bad habit with bad habits
Beat the pussy up, stab at it
Divin’ in like I’m mad at it
Secured the bag, I need all static
I guess that’s harsh. It’s average as fuck though. It’s annoying how lackluster his performance on this song is. The second verse is slightly better than the first one, but it’s still not good at all. I don’t know who I’m more annoyed by with this song: Travis or Q. Even the production got old pretty quickly. Travis stands out way more than Q, but not for good reasons. He just has way more energy than Q. This is insulting. I hate this shit. It’s wack af. Still better than Studio though…
4. Numb Numb Juice produced by Nez & Rio, Hykeem Carter & DJ Fu
This was the first single for this album. I listened to it the night it came out, and I remember being pretty underwhelmed. I still am to be honest. Don’t get me wrong; I like the song. I just feel like it could’ve been more fleshed out. It’s less than two minutes long. I didn’t even think it was gonna be on the album. I at least thought there would be an extended version or something. The beat isn’t anything special to me. It’s pretty hard hitting though. It’s definitely better than the beat on Chopstix. I know I said I liked that beat, but the more I listened to Chopstix, the less I liked the instrumental. It was pretty goddamn generic. Unlike with the previous track, Q’s actual performance is what makes this song worth coming back to. The way he was rapping on this track was actually really dope. The hook is hard as hell. The first part of the verse isn’t really that impressive to me, but it’s not bad. It’s just nothing special. I’m not crazy about the part where he lists a bunch of behaviors that he considers “bitch shit.” It just doesn’t do anything for me. It’s fine though. The song really starts getting dope after that part though. I love the way he says “Okay, LESHGETTEEEEEEEEEEEET, bitch, less gettit, WOOH.” His flow on this section of the song is fire too. There are really only 8 bars in the whole song that impress me, and it’s because of his flow and delivery. I do enjoy the song overall though. Again, I think it could’ve been a little more fleshed out, but it’s still pretty good. I fuck with it. It’s dope.
5. Drunk featuring 6LACK produced by Sounwave, DJ Dahi & Bēkon
Oh god… This hook is terrible. I really love the production on this track a lot though. Man… I’m not feelin’ Q’s flow on this first verse at all. Why is he using the SoundCloud Rap flow? He’s doing that thing that all these teenagers do where he ends every bar with “ayy.” That first verse was wack. I wish I had the instrumental version of this song. Wow. 6LACK actually sounds really good singing over this beat. He only did the bridge though. Q’s flow on the second verse is a little better, but I’m not interested in hearing him rap about fucking. Damn. This is pretty bad. I hate the hook on this track, and I’m not really into either of Q’s verse. It’s weird that I liked 6LACK’s performance on this song more than Q’s. I’m not even really into 6LACK. However, his bridge and the instrumental are the only aspects of this song that I actually like. I think this shit is wack.
6. Lies featuring Ty$ & YG produced by Hykeem Carter & Sounwave
Oh no… I do not like the poppy sound of this song at all. The beat is cool, but I don’t care for that bouncy percussion that you typically hear from Bay Area Hip Hop artists. I’m not a fan of that hook from Ty$ either, but it’s tolerable. Q’s verse was absolutely boring. This sounds more like a YG song featuring Q than the other way around. His verse sucked too, but this is the kinda shit I’d expect to hear on an album from him. It’s just super generic, poppy Hip Hop. I’m not feelin’ this one at all. I don’t like anything about this track. It’s wack to me.
7. 5200 produced by Sounwave & !llmind
This is the song that Q used for the announcement video of this album. The beat is really dope. The hook is nothing special, but it gets the job done. Alright, here we go. This first verse is actually good. None of the lyrics really stand out, but he actually has a pretty good flow. This is one of the few verses on the album so far that doesn’t sound phoned in. This beat is awesome. Oh boy… He’s using the aforementioned SoundCloud Rap flow on the second verse. Huh. That verse wasn’t that good. I wouldn’t say it was bad though. It just wasn’t very impressive. It didn’t add much to the song for me. Overall, I enjoyed this track. It’s far from my favorite, but I definitely like it to some extent. The beat is fire, and his flow on the first verse was cool. The second verse and hook weren’t great, but they aren’t bad enough to ruin the song. This is pretty good.
8. Black Folk produced by DJ Dahi & Jake One
The beat on this track is really dope. I’m not sure whose vocals those are on the hook. According to Genius, it’s Q. The hook is nothing special, but it’s not bad at all. It serves its purpose. The first verse of this song is solid. Once again, nothing he’s saying really stands out at all. His flow is cool though. I really love this beat. I was enjoying the second verse quite a bit, but it’s too short. It’s only like 8 bars long. The entire song feels too short. It’s just under two and a half minutes long. I feel like this song could’ve been more fleshed out. I think I like it more than the previous one though. This is pretty dope. I fuck with this one.
9. Floating featuring 21 Savage produced by Cardo & Johnny Juliano
This beat is pretty goddamn hard. The hook is nothing special, but it works I guess. I’m glad Q was actually rapping with some energy again on this first verse. Aside from this track and Numb Numb Juice, his delivery has been pretty lowkey throughout this project so far. Despite the increase in energy, his flow is pretty underwhelming. Once again, there aren’t really any quotable lines. 21’s verse was pretty bad. I just do not get the appeal of that dude at all. His monotone delivery would be tolerable if his lyrics were actually good, but they’re not. Dude fucking sucks. I might’ve liked this song if there was another Q verse instead of the 21 feature. I don’t think this is a bad song, but I’m never gonna listen to it again. I like the production a lot, but aside from that nothing really stands out. It’s decent I guess.
10. Dangerous featuring Kid Cudi produced by DJ Dahi
The beat on this track is pretty cool, and I really like Cudi’s hook a lot. Oh shit. Okay, here we go. This shit is REALLY dope. The beat is dope as hell, and it just gets better and better as the song progresses. I love when Q raps about drug use too. Him & Danny Brown are the best when it comes to rapping about addiction.
Greet me by my hand ’til you teach me to float
Head is in the cloud with my stomach below
Somethin’ ’bout this feeling, I felt it before
Took this pill and it swallowed me whole
There’s only one verse on this song, but it’s really dope. I don’t know why so many of the songs on this project are so short. This one is only about two and a half minutes long. It could’ve used another verse. I’m sure Cudi could’ve rapped about drugs, but another Q verse would’ve sufficed as well. This is definitely another one of the better songs on the album, but I wanted more. Oh well. I still enjoyed it a lot. This shit is dope.
11. Die wit ‘Em produced by Cardo, Johnny Juliano & Yung Exclusive
The beat on this track is pretty dope. The hook is nothing special. Oh man… He’s using the SAME SoundCloud Rap flow on this track. It sounds even lazier on this one than it did on the others though. I don’t wanna hear ScHoolboy Q rap like XXXTENTACION. He recycles the same flow for the second verse too. Ugh… I don’t think I would call this wack because I like the beat a lot, but it’s just not a very good song. Nothing about Q’s performance stands out. Both of the verses are really underwhelming on this track. I’m never gonna listen to it again. This is mediocre to me.
12. CrasH produced by Boi-1da
This song samples Boom by PRhyme from Royce’s first solo album. I kinda wish they would’ve used the sample a bit more creatively. It’s pretty much the same exact beat with a pitch-shift. Anyway, Q is actually rapping really well over it. His flow isn’t as lazy here as it is on most of the other tracks. The first verse was cool. It wasn’t amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it. The second verse was really great. I always like when he raps about his daughter.
Girl, be proud that your skin black
And be happy, girl, that your hair napped
‘Cause the school system won’t teach that
Where your father been, you gon’ reach that
That’s definitely one of the best verses on the album, which unfortunately isn’t saying much. I enjoyed this one quite a bit though. It’s a standout track for sure. It’s dope.
13. Water featuring Lil Baby produced by Cardo & Johnny Juliano
I’m not feelin’ this uncredited hook from Cardo. The beat isn’t very good either. It sounds like something Lil Pump would rap over. Actually, it’s not that bad. It’s not very good though. I don’t care for it. The first verse from ScHoolboy Q does absolutely nothing for me. Wow. This is really bad. Woah. What the fuck? How the hell did Lil Baby end up having a better verse than ScHoolboy Q? That’s the best verse I’ve ever heard from Lil Baby, which isn’t really saying much, but still. That verse was actually good. His flow was legitimately impressive. It’s sad that he’s the best part of this song. Without him this would’ve been one of the worst tracks on the album. I mean, it still is, but he definitely made it more tolerable. With that said, this is still pretty bad to me. I think this shit is wack.
14. Attention produced by Nez & Rio
Hmmm… The way this song starts makes it sound like an intro. This would’ve been a way better intro than Gang Gang. Woooooow. This is easily the best song on the album. Why the fuck didn’t he rap like this on the rest of the project? This is easily the best verse on the whole thing. Fuck, man. This is frustrating. The beat is pretty simplistic, but I like it a lot. Same goes for the hook. There’s only one verse on this track, but it’s fantastic. This is one of the few tracks where it actually seems like Q’s rapping about something that matters. Most of what he said on the other tracks went in one ear and out the other, but this shit actually had me hooked. I love this track. I think it’s dope af.
This album is honestly a lot better than I was expecting it to be. I can’t say I’m as disappointed as everyone else, but that’s mainly because I’ve learned not to expect greatness from him. I mean, I’m definitely disappointed to an extent, but I honestly don’t think this is that much worse than his other shit. Don’t get me wrong; it’s easily his worst album. But it’s not like his other albums are amazing or anything. This one still has a good amount of enjoyable material for me. I liked about half of the tracks here. I’ve never not been disappointed by a ScHoolboy Q project. His albums are just never as good as I want them to be. I knew not to have high expectations for this one, so that’s why I’m not as let down as everyone else. It’s still disheartening to a certain extent though. I hope he comes back with a better project next time around. But yeah, I don’t think this is a bad album. It’s not good, but I didn’t hate it as much as a lot of other people seemed to. I should point out the lack of cohesion though. This project really feels thrown together. Well, I mean… Q pretty much admitted that it was thrown together. He said he made three albums before this, and I think he just spliced them all together to make this. It feels more like a compilation of b-sides than a full album. It didn’t seem like he was taking his time to write fleshed out songs. A lot of these tracks are under three minutes long. It just didn’t seem like he was rapping as well as he normally does. It’s fine though I guess. The album’s not bad. I think it’s an okay project.
Favorite Song: Attention
Least Favorite Song: CHopstix
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Really like your style of reviewing albums, came here to say this: I saw him live and when he performed Water he rapped the verse he had originally planned to be the second verse before he put lil baby on it. It was hard as fuck, think Q rapping at the top of his game over that beat, it was mind blowing.. with that said, lil baby’s verse on the record fit the vibe great and it would have been weird to have three verses on that song. But it would’ve been really cool if Q had lil baby take the first verse and put the unreleased verse on to follow it. I only heard it once but it was one of the best Q verses I’ve ever heard
Damn that sounds great