ScHoolBoy Q’s 1st Song In Years Celebrates His Growth
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This month makes three years since ScHoolboy Q has released an album, 2019’s CrasH Talk. Since then, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles, California veteran chilled on solo material. However, Groovy Q has offered guest support to label-mate REASON, past collaborator NEZ, and cross-country peers like Roc Marciano and Conway The Machine & Alchemist.
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Today (April 6), he breaks the ice with new music, and it explains his absence. “Soccer Dad” provides a happier message from Q. He begins, “Now here we go again, before I had a fam’ / Was mappin’ out everything I wanted, earned what I planned / You p*ssy ni**as know about my body, caught my second wind / Quit actin’ like me and my crew of ni**as ain’t bring the rappers in / Quit actin’ like the sh*t you said wouldn’t work, like we ain’t make it win / Quit actin’ like you know me, little ni**a, we was never friends / My knuckle game, my flip-flop too crazy, I am really him / The soccer dad, my real life too wavy, while I cheer the stands.” In referencing his fashion choices and his manifestation, ScHoolboy also alludes to being a happy father living his best life. Now 35 years old, Q has come a long way from the gangland streets of L.A. He even goes as far as adding a quip from his older man’s perspective to cap the opening verse: “You little rappers go and wipe your mouth and go pull up your pants.”
In the second verse, Q references more joy in his life. “Groovy ass, no face killer that love to smile / They wonder how I mind my business and still around / I got half a ticket parked out crooked, they wonder how / ‘Cause the Ms on me match my age, my ni**a.” Smiling big, the MC is suggesting he’s got a sizable eight figures tucked away—despite taking time to live life.
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He closes out “Soccer Dad” with a chip on his MC shoulders: “You can paint it good, but truth be told, it’s watered down / Had a microphone, styles I flavored, and just a couch / Took it platinum twenty plus times, ni**a, I’m not a slouch / Never had a problem with ni**as I couldn’t twist up / The big homie, no big homies to politic from.” He also points to the struggles of his past making for a brighter present. “The blueprint of keepin’ it low and stackin’ ya’ chips up / We buckled down, made sh*t happen, they didn’t pick us / Death, disappointment and struggles ain’t make my back ache / Pops never showed up, I thank him, it made my life great / The only child raised by women, I had to turn ape / The mental of a Black man hustle, I move at God’s pace / Real life pain what I’m talkin’, so I don’t play-rap / The sh*t you enjoy what I’m kickin’, I’m goin’ through that / The lame ni**as tell us who cool now, where they do that? / Tears on my collar, I’m perfect, it turned a new leaf / Black ni**a, bomb ass babies, I took a new leap / Slaughtered every goal that I put out and got a new reach.”
On the AFH playlist, listeners can also hear a recent collaboration between ScHoolboy Q and NEZ, as well as new music from Kendrick Lamar & Baby Keem, Alchemist, Curren$y, Ty Dolla $ign, Cozz, Blu, Joey Bada$$, Murs, and Snoop Dogg.
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