REVIEW: Rapper shows self-reflection through new album


By Miguel Barragan

ScHoolboy Q dropped his third album, “CrasH Talk,” and is his most radio-friendly album yet.

The album starts with fellow Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Kendrick Lamar introducing the album with the phrase, “Crash Talk take one,” in a pitched voice.

The opening track “Gang Gang” is the type of banger that a fan would expect from Q. He raps about his fame, money and Crip gang affiliation.

On “Tales,” Q raps about his teenage years gangbanging. He raps, “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.”

Q chose not to pursue sports or academics, because of his lifestyle.

In the song, Q makes it known how close he came to being incarcerated for life. “One more strike, I’m with the lifers.”

The track is smooth and nostalgic.

On “CHopstix”, Travis Scott does the simple chorus in his signature autotune. “I love them chopsticks, chopsticks, chopsticks.”

Q raps about his sex life.

Although, as a track, it doesn’t stand out above the rest, it is still fun.

“Numb Numb Juice” is a standout track. It begins with an angry flow by Q and picks up with a terrifying beat. Daunting keys are layered behind the trap beat and make Q sound like a super villain.

“Drunk” features 6LACK and is the most boring song. The piano gives the track a melancholic feel, however, the boring chorus, “I ain’t really drunk, I ain’t really drunk,” brings the track down. Q’s second verse, where he details his sexual encounters with a woman, also feel out of place in the context of the song.

Ty Dolla $ign sings a catchy hook on “Lies” and YG raps a smooth verse roasting a woman that only wants YG for his clout.

Q’s enthusiastic hook on “5200” makes for a catchy headbobber. Q raps about how much fun he’s having living a life of luxury and money.

On “Black Folk”, Q raps about how his hardships transformed him.

He raps, “Who knew failure make you better? My adversities done turned me to a killer.”

The beat has a melody that sounds like it could came out of an old video game and makes for a sweet song.

“Floating” is a standout track that starts with a laidback hook by Q. The beat has the bassiest 808 on the album, which makes it a song that deserves the loudest speakers possible. 21 Savage’s feature fits perfectly on the beat.

“Dangerous” features Kid Cudi singing over a psychedelic palette of sounds. The song starts with a guitar that sounds like it came out of a Mac Demarco track.

Q raps about the drug addiction he has dealt with and how destructive it’s been. He raps, “But flying ain’t flying when you’re stuck on your a**.”

Q’s self-reflection add a lot to the dreamy track, making it one of the best songs on the album.

“CrasH” has an incredible beat, giving the track the best production on the album.

The strings give the track an old school East Coast vibe. Q raps his perspective on the rap game and how the new generation of rappers invests their money. He raps, “Your tax bracket ain’t impressive. You buy a chain, but won’t buy no land. That hashtag should say, ‘Desperate.”

On the closing track “Attention,” Q raps about his recognition by the greats in hip-hop. He raps, “Front row at the Grammys, I’m getting praises from Jay, F*** about this award, I’m happy he know my name, Favorite rapper Nas been told me that I’m the best.”

He continues the song with stories about the dangers of the streets and the trauma that it brings. He raps, “I can finally understand why my uncles was never sober.”

It’s the perfect ending to the album, because the bassline adds a dreary feeling, making Q sound like his classic self.

The album is great with a few bland filler songs.

The high points outweigh the low points on this album by a long shot.

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