In a sea of bucket hats hazed with smoke, Schoolboy Q performed to a sold out crowd at the Metro last night. Maybe it the music getting them “turnt,” maybe it was the DJ rolling and smoking about six blunts throughout the set, maybe it was both—either way, Schoolboy got a theatre packed with teens, twentysomethings and awkwardly bobbing white dudes out of their shells to enjoy his music.
While opening acts like Audio Push, Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad helped to get the crowd going, what appeared to be Schoolboy’s hype posse emerged to make sure the throng was ready for the L.A. native, via water bottle throwing, chants and stage-diving.
Finally, after enough cheers, Schoolboy Q emerged in a cheetah-print bucket hat, because why not, and started to get the crowd moving. Playing songs from Setbacks, Habits & Contradictions, and his latest career-skyrocketing album, Oxymoron, the 27 year old took the audience through his entire rap career.
Schoolboy brought full energy as he made his way through the set, which included a brief appearance by BJ the Chicago Kid to perform their collaboration, "Studio." Schoolboy was constantly moving about, driving the intensity of his lyrics and their meaning. He raps about his experiences, he's passionate, and he and puts all of his effort into conveying his message while performing.
The set became progressively more wild, with some members of the crowd even trying to get on stage (the MC's terrifyingly large bodyguard was not having it). Some folks even took to throwing joints and rolling papers onto the stage. The rapper ended with his smash single "Man of The Year," after taking a moment to thank his supporters for his success saying, “Hip hop didn’t save my life, my fans saved my life.”