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ScHoolboy Q and fellow peers including Travis Scott, 21 Savage and Kid Cudi give us a classy education in hip-hop.
“He have credits on all my shit because I’ll do the lyrics and I do everything, and he’ll hear something like, "Drop the beat out hard. Cut this verse off. You did this verse too long’’ He pretty much do all my ad libs and song placements and stuff like that.” A huge vocal absentee in CrasH Talk, Q’s fellow artist, Kendrick Lamar of the label T.D.E, remains front and center with regards to production. Qualitative rather than quantitative, this fifth opus arrives after the passing of Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. Out of respect, Q delayed releasing his record into such a morbid situation that still shows no sign of fading. The L.A. schoolboy is joined by YG, Travis Scott (Chopstix), Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage (Floating), Kid Cudi (Dangerous) and Lil Baby (Water) in order to deliver one of the best records of early 2019. But Gang Gang, the creepy 5200 and CrasH are testament to the fact that the repentant gangsta hits just as hard solo. In the hands of Boi-1da, CrasH Talk moves through bass heavy trap (Die Wit Wm), R&B (Lies) and shades of old-school (Crash and his sample of DJ Premier). Excellent.
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