ScHoolboy Q is an American rapper and songwriter from South Central Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Hanley signed to Carson-based independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and in late 2011, secured a recording contract with major label Interscope Records. Hanley is also a member of the hip-hop supergroup Black Hippy, alongside label-mates and fellow California-based rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar.
On March 11, 2019, Schoolboy Q announced “2 MORE DAYS” via his Instagram. The following day a behind the scenes video of Schoolboy Q working on new music was posted with the caption, “2morrow nigHt we back at it.” On April 15, 2019, Schoolboy Q announced the title of his 5th studio album CrasH Talk via his Instagram.
Crash Talk (stylized as CrasH Talk) is the fifth studio album by American rapper Schoolboy Q, released on April 26, 2019, through Interscope Records and Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from Travis Scott, 6lack, Ty Dolla Sign, YG, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, and Lil Baby. It was supported by three singles: “Numb Numb Juice”, “Chopstix”, and “Floating”.
Crash Talk received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200. It is Schoolboy Q’s third US top 10 album. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69, based on seven reviews. Kyann-Sian Williams of NME gave a positive review, stating “The album’s slower tempo won’t be for everyone: if you’re all thrills, no substance, then maybe this album is not for you. But you have to respect ScHoolboy Q’s dedication to showing us a different outlook on life
and exploring many emotions. Introspective—yes, but these are songs for the summer.”Kyle Mullin of Exclaim! said, “From those raw, candid lyrics, to ScHoolboy’s increasing pop acumen, CrasH Talk reveals many sides of an increasingly (and compellingly) unpredictable MC.”Andy Kellman of AllMusic saying “At 40 minutes, this is easily Q’s leanest LP. It would be meaner with the removal of the inane Travis Scott collaboration “CHopstix”, the uncharacteristic single.”HipHopDX critic Scott Glaysher said, “There are without a doubt a few tracks on this album that could make it to your favorite ScHoolboy playlist but said “few” don’t outweigh the remaining dozen that fall flat on their blank face.”Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork stated, “CrasH Talk might not have the mean-mugging raps of Blank Face LPor the weed-infused smoker anthems of Habits & Contradictions, but it’s comforting, like diving into the fifth or sixth season of your favorite network sitcom.”
In a mixed review, Pretty Much Amazing‘s Marshall Gu stated: “DJ Dahi, Sounwave and Cardo handle the bulk of beats here, with additional help from ScHoolboy staples Nez & Rio, plus the venerable Boi-1da and Jake One. Except the results are less Damn. and more Redemption, the Jay Rock album from last year that everyone has already forgotten.”
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