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Schoolboy Q – Hell of a Night

Schoolboy Q, the rapper behind some of the biggest cuts of the past couple of years, thinks you need some ‘Yay Yay’ to have a ‘Hell of a Night’. Or at least that’s what the tracklisting for his upcoming ‘Oxymoron’ LP would suggest.

Both tracks exhibit Q’s pressing flow nicely with a solid 4/4 beat underpinning things and a lovely vocal refrain. We prefer the more reflective ‘Hell of a Night’ but both whet the appetite nicely for his first big leagues album.

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Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

It’s time we talked about Lamar. No, not Fame Academy graduate ‘Lemar’ (still going by the way, new single out 12th August and first performance at Stoke 2012 Live), but Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar.

The video for one of the pre-releases (leaks), Swimming Pools (Drank) – from his upcoming album, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’ – hit the web last week and with over a million views and counting, it’s fair to say it’s proving popular. This is Kendrick and his Black Hippy collective’s first output on a major label (Interscope and Aftermath) and they’re generating some serious hype, pulling in label boss Dr. Dre for another tune floating around, ‘The Recipe’.

Deserving of his spot amongst the stars of Hip-Hop’s DIY Moment, ‘Swimming Pools’ twists a sample from NY’s Twin Sister into the perfect backdrop for Lamar’s languid but ever-so-slightly menacing flow. Line this up with ASAPSchoolboy Q and Main Attrakionz, and turn it up loud.

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