ScHoolboy Q Crashes!
Updated: Jun 27, 2019
Top Dawg and Black Hippy member ScHoolboy Q released his fifth album "CrasH Talk" on April 26th, 2019. The album was released under the labels Interscope Records and Top Dawg Entertainment and it features Travis Scott, 6Black, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi and Lil Baby. On this album, ScHoolboy Q wanted to go into a new direction where he wants to show that he's a man who is happy as a father and not the dude hanging out in the hood.
The album starts off with the songs "Gang Gang" and "Tales" where Q talks about his gang-banging lifestyle. The next song is "CHopStix" featuring Travis Scott. The song has a club vibe to it with a nice little beat but nothing too special. Next up we have the song "Numb Numb Juice" which I would like to rename it "Dumb Dumb Juice" because maybe I did not understand the song but unless if you're a 15 year old kid jumping around to that song, I did not see anything coherent about this song. "Drunk" is featuring 6Black and ScHoolboy Q explains in this song that he's not really under the influence of alcohol but he has a little buzz and he is deep into his emotions. I felt that the song was boring, just a depressing vibe. The following song is "Lies" featuring YG and Ty Dolla $ign and it's about girls who like to spread lies for no reason. The song has a good beat to it and every time you hear a song with Ty Dolla $ign, it always has a summer vibe to it. "5200" has additional vocals from Kendrick Lamar. ScHoolboy Q delivered a good flow on a nice instrumental.
On the second half of the album, we have the song "Black Folk" which has a good smooth vibe to it and ScHoolboy Q raps about staying positive under any negative circumstances. This might be my favorite song from the album so far. The following song is "Floating" featuring 21 Savage. The song was ok for me, the hook and the instrumental made the song boring in my opinion. Another song that I felt was boring was "Dangerous" featuring Kid Cudi. I wasn't a fan of the guitar chords in the instrumental and the beat sounded depressing for no reason. Honestly, I thought with the song "Black Folk", the album could be saved but the album gets worse with the song "Die Wit Em". After 3 skippable songs, we have the song "CrasH" to the rescue. The Boi-1da production on the song is very good, a laid back beat with a good flow delivered by ScHoolBoy Q. "Water" feat Lil Baby is another watered downbeat. Just a good bass with a lazy hook and I never heard of Lil Baby before but I'm getting tired of all these new young rappers calling themselves Lil This or Lil That. Not only they can't be original with their names but their talent as rappers is not that better either. The last song of the album is "Attention", and Q raps about the hip-hop legends who salute and encourage him in his rap career, and his path from his gang-banging activities to becoming a west coast legend.
In overall, CrasH Talk is an album you might only listen once. If you like the type of songs just for the instrumental, you might enjoy yourself but honestly, I felt the songs on the album were too short to enjoy and most of them are not longer then 3 minutes. I was expecting more from the west coast rapper but ScHooboy sounded like a boring southern rapper which doesn't suit him. I think CrasH Talk needed more love in the mastering and production on the album.