ScHoolboy Q Shows How Crime Is Tearing Apart Families, In His Video For “Black THougHts”
This past Friday (July 8), ScHoolboy Q delivered his fourth album, Blank Face LP. Distributed by Interscope Records, the TDE effort is a colorful journey through the mind, life, and times of a DIY-rapper-turned-star in the 2010s. Featuring a cast of esteemed Gangsta Rap vets (E-40, Tha Dogg Pound, Jadakiss), the work examines how like those assisting greats, Groovy Q is capturing the zeitgeist of street life in America.
Following the Kanye West-assisted “THat Part” single, Blank Face LP‘s three videos etch together for a narrative unto themselves. Following “By Any Means” and “Tookie Knows,” third installment “Black THougHts” finds Q facing a major felony sentence (which viewers digested in the earlier parts). The artist can reduce his time if he testifies against the men he’s charged with in a robbery. In that moment, he drifts into a dream that examines the consequences of the crime. As some of the rawest lyrics the Black Hippy member has ever kicked play, the MC is caught between a cold reality of never taking his daughter to the bus (due to riding the prison bus), and living the kind of life he aspires to. This visual is filled with symbolism, and open to a lot of interpretation.
“Black THougHts” closes out the artful trilogy of non-traditional singles. These three songs (and corresponding videos) seemingly play to the core that’s been riding with Q since Setbacks.