Schoolboy Q “Setbacks” Mixtape Download & Stream
Schoolboy Q releases his Official Mixtape Setbacks, Presented by Top Dawg Ent. The 11-track tape has Features from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Alori Joh, Jhené Aiko, BJ the Chicago Kid & Punch. Production is handled by Lord Quest, Willie B, Focus, Rahki, Phonix Beats, Tae Beast, DJ Wes, King Blue, Sounwave & More.
Setbacks is the debut independent mixtape of American hip hop recording artist ScHoolboy Q, released for digital download on January 11, 2011 under Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from fellow rappers Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and singer-songwriters Alori Joh, Jhené Aiko and BJ the Chicago Kid. The album’s production was handled by Lord Quest, Willie B, Focus, Rahki, Phonix Beats, Tae Beast, DJ Wes, King Blue, Sounwave and more.
Quincey Matthew Hanley (born October 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q (often stylized ScHoolboy Q), is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Schoolboy Q signed to Carson-based independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and in late 2011, secured a recording contract with major label Interscope Records. Schoolboy Q is also a member of West Coast hip hop group Black Hippy, alongside his label-mates and fellow California-based rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.
Schoolboy Q was born on a military base in Wiesbaden, Germany. While his parents were still there, they split up and went their separate ways. Therefore his mother chose a surname for him at random, which is why no one else in his family shares his last name. His father remained in the Army, however his mother did not, and moved with Schoolboy Q to Texas for a couple years, before settling in California. He grew up in Los Angeles, California, on 51st Street, neighboring Figueroa and Hoover Street. He claims to have been playing American football from the age of six years old, up until he was 21. Schoolboy Q played receiver, cornerback, and tailback, and in college he played receiver and returner.
After graduating Crenshaw High School, Schoolboy Q went on to attend Glendale Community College, Los Angeles City College, Southwest College and West Los Angeles College, the latter of which is where he played football for the West Los Angeles Oilers: “I went to West L.A. college, I went to Southwest college, LACC, and Glendale. I didn’t really get the school like that. I would go to practice and go home. I wasn’t really paying attention in class. I was just in there making sure I did enough work so I could still be eligible. I wasn’t really trying to pass the class. I was just trying to be eligible to play football.” As to how he came up with his stage name: “When I was in school, all the homies called me Schoolboy. I wore glasses and I had a 3.3 in high school, before fucking up my senior year gang-banging. My name’s Quincy, so I just stick to Schoolboy Q.”
Schoolboy Q has said he wrote his first verse when he was 16, but wasn’t serious about music until he was 21. Music became his way of expressing himself: “I wrote my first verse when I was 16. I wasn’t really rapping, but you know everybody wrote a verse before. I wrote the verse but I wasn’t really fucking with it. By 21, I started to really get into it and gained a passion for it. You got to let your aggression out, so you got to get in the booth and let it out. I was really working on my craft, studying music, and I became Q. I did all of it, school and the streets. I was just lost; I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was just trying to do something. Then I found music and it was just over after that. I made my first little bit of money doing music, after that I wanted to get used to doing it, and I kept rapping. Then it became something that I had to do.”
In 2006, he began to work with Top Dawg Entertainment, recording at their studio House of Pain and collaborating with their artists. His first time at the studio he worked with his soon to be Black Hippy cohorts Jay Rock and Ab-Soul: “I walked in and the beat was playing. Ali told them that I rap. Punch told me to jump on the beat. It was a record that Jay Rock and Ab-Soul were writing to, so then I wrote it. Punch liked it and he told me to come back through. I kept coming back, kept getting better, and eventually they signed me to [Top Dawg Entertainment].”
Setbacks propelled Schoolboy Q into the spotlight and allowed him to earn a large internet following: “The concept behind Setbacks was [to talk about] all the shit that’s the reason why I can’t rap. The reason I can’t accomplish what I want to accomplish is because I’m doing all this dumb shit. I put it all together on the album. Like, “Druggys Wit Hoes“, I’m out here drugging and I’m not even trying to fuck with hoes. “Kamikaze“, I’m not even trying to rap—keep going broke. Different shit like that, I sum it up all in one album. My life did a whole 180 after that dropped. A lot of people still didn’t know the name though, but a lot of people did. It was weird. It just took me to the right spot. I made some fucking money off the project, it helped me see that I needed to do more positive shit in life, and it made me into the person I am now. All I do now is just chill. I’d rather just chill, work on my music, be with my two-year-old daughter, and smoke weed and shit.”
“It was just basically me putting all my shit out there about why I’m not able to be a rapper, not going to the studio, wanting to quit. Like, these are the reasons why. That was how I came up with [Setbacks]. That album was me testing the waters with the first thing I sold. And it did well, so that was a real confidence booster. It was the record that put me in the game. I didn’t understand [how it did well]. I was like, ‘How?’ I had only like 5,000 followers at the time [on Twitter].” Dividing his time between socially conscious rap and bud smoker’s anthems, ScHoolboy Q makes quite the impression on Setbacks. Talented on either end of the spectrum, ScHoolboy Q delivers a huge contribution to the West Coast Hip-Hop movement. Follow on Twitter @ScHoolBoyQ @MedievalBeatz West Coast Beats
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