Here’s the mix I did for the BBC Radio 1 - November was HIP HOP TAKEOVER month. I did an exclusive mix for the “Semtex Show” alongside Mixmaster Mike. A few other DJ homies who did mixes were DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, DJ Cash Money, Just Blaze and Mannie Fresh. Was an honor to be a part of the show and felt great to get back to my roots and get down on some proper Hip Hop. Enjoy!
PS… While you’re enjoying this music, go support your boy and pick up a new hoodie, t-shirt or some limited edition vinyl at http://ztrip.bandcamp.com/merch PEACE!, Z
ScHoolboy Q - Break tHe Bank [Music Video]
Much of the personal subject matter ScHoolboy Q depicts throughout his new album Oxymoron follows the overarching theme of his old oxymoronic way of life. As he stated in an interview, “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.” He joined the 52 Hoover Crips when he was only 12, and made the vast majority of his money slanging Oxycontin. He also immediately started college after graduating high school. This juxtaposition of simultaneously living the school and street life largely defined Q as a person.
Break The Bank is my second favorite song off of Oxymoron, with my favorite being Yay Yay. The instrumental was composed by The Alchemist and features a beautifully entrancing piano loop that dances over a relaxed boom bap backdrop. I also love how Q maintains a clean 5-5 syllable line structure throughout his verses, since it induces a heavily defined head-bobbing vibe. Similar to what I thought about Q’s latest single Blind THreats (ft. Raekwon), his harmonizing for the chorus is decent and gets the job done, but it ends up being the weakest portion of the song. I personally wish something else was recorded in its place.
The visuals for the music video also really help bring Q’s lyrics to life. I really like how it features his four-year-old daughter Joy, whom innocently skips through LA’s not so nice neighborhoods, further implementing the theme of duality.
"Nina my new thing, blew up before fame. Heart filled with octane, fire in my soul, burn through my shoestring. Came up from boosting. Du-rags and flatlines, drive-by’s at bedtime.”
My Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10