New hip hop artist, Quincey Matthew Hanley aka ScHoolboy Q first entered the music world in 2008 when he dropped his full-length project/mixtape ‘Schoolboy Turned Hustla'. When 2009 rolled around he released a second mixtape ‘Gangsta & Soul', which is also the same year when he signed to Carson-based independent record label ‘Top Dawg Entertainment'. Later on that year, he formed the group ‘Black Hippy', with fellow label mates, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock & Ab-Soul. His first independent album ‘Setbacks' was dropped in the year 2011. The project reached number 100 on the US Billboard charts, considering it was only available to digital retailers only. ‘Habits and Contradictions' was his second independent album to be released where it received generally favourable reviews. It was when he signed with ‘Interscope' that ScHoolboy Q started to record his major label debut studio album ‘Oxymoron', following in the footsteps of his fellow ‘Black Hippy' member ‘Kendrick Lamar'.
‘Collard Greens' featuring bandmate ‘Kendrick Lamar' is the first single to be debuted from his first studio album. When speaking to MTV about this record, ScHoolboy mentions that it's an introduction to his album. It's to get fans ready and excited for his album for when it gets released, however the main theme around it is smoking marijuana, ironic, considering Kendrick doesn't smoke. Like most rappers today, they've decided to speak about their personal lives and share it with the world. A prime example of that is ‘Hoover Streets', which if you listen to the lyrics, almost like a dedication to his grandmother who he was quite close to. In a recent interview, also explains that he told the guitarist how to play it for the intro. Where as ‘Prescription/Oxymoron' is about when he was addicted to prescription pills. In saying that, both these songs give you that underground feel and flow that is missing from rap/hip hop artists of this generation.
One of my favourites from this album would have to be ‘What they Want' featuring 2 Chainz, mainly because his delivery on this particular record is smooth and goes perfectly with the beat behind the lyrics. Now the lyrics itself might not exactly be pleasant to listen to, but its the way he chooses to deliver this song is what wins me over. ‘Break the Bank' has an old school feel to it, like the way rap originally was like in the 80's or 90's. Now you definitely don't hear that kind of hip hop in today's generation. Almost reminds me of the time when Nas was huge & killing it in the game, in saying that, ScHoolboy has been quoted saying that Nas has been his favourite rapper of all time, although he also credits 50 Cent as one of his influences due to his detail in music. You can clearly hear the detail in music in ‘Hell of A Night'. The instrumentation in this record is so crisp you'd swear that instruments were being played right there in the studio with him while recording. Not to mention, being able to drop words like he does is a talent that he has learnt to master.
ScHoolboy Q may be new on the scene but he is definitely no stranger on how the game works. He is already making a name for himself through his execution and his instrumentals that he chooses to make rhymes to. Even though his ‘Oxymoron' sounds a lot darker than his earlier albums, you can hear through his latest that his music is more detailed and concentrated which is what is missing from most hip hop that you would you hear on the radio today, which is refreshing and exactly what is needed. For anyone that feels like hip hop of today just ain't the same like the ‘old days', then you will need to listen to this album and will probably have it on your mp3 on repeat. Once you've heard it, it's guaranteed to have ScHoolboy Q as one of your next favourite rappers.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
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Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
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Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
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Roger Waters is bringing his US + THEM tour to New Zealand this week, performing two shows at Auckland's Spark Arena on Wednesday Jan 24 & Friday Jan 26, before heading to Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday Jan 30.
Central Otago was on song today, when the annual nationwide Summer Concert Tour kicked off in Queenstown with international music artists Colin Hay of Men At Work fame, Alanis Morissette and The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra performing to a 18,000 strong sell-out crowd at the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert.
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.