ScHoolboy Q Releases A Grim Short Film Premiering His Song “By Any Means” (Video)

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It’s been an active week for ScHoolboy Q. Days ago, he teased a short film, directed by Jack Begert & Dave Free of tHe little Homies, for his forthcoming Blank Face LP (July 8), and yesterday, he revealed the eclectic and star-studded tracklist for the album. Now, he releases the first part of the short film, and it doubles as an extended video for track number 8, “By Any Means.”

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Set on the South Central streets where Q was born and raised, the film feels like it could be chronicling a day in the life and times of Quincey Hanley before he was a ScHoolboy. He is seen hanging with his friends, walking the streets, crashing at a friend’s place, making a trip to a pawn shop, and generally making mischief. Throughout, snippets of songs like “THat Part,” featuring Kanye West, and the Anderson .Paak-assisted title track can be heard in the background.

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After a trip to a pawn store, the mood takes a dark turn. At the 5:46 mark, with a shot of signs at the intersection of Hoover St and 51st St, viewers are reminded of the mean streets which Q calls home. He’s seen entering a yard with a gun casually tucked in his pants and, symbolically, the color drains from his face as it becomes blank, devoid of emotion.

As the song begins to play, background vocals that sound like they belong to Kendrick Lamar can be heard, though he is not credited on the tracklist that was released, and Q paints a vivid picture of what his life was like back in ’04. In the closing scene, a car is shown pulling up to the pawn shop ScHoolboy and his friends visited earlier. The “To Be Continued” which flashes at the end does not portend a happy ending.