If you haven’t noticed already, right now is ScHoolBoy Q’s moment. Last night’s intimate performance at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge was the proof in the pudding. The free show was part of NPR’s First Listen Live series, and in order to gain entry, fans had to either RSVP or participate in hip hop trivia with @NPRHipHop.
Inside the walls of the cozy Greenwich Village locale – which was brimming with (spilled) beer, bud and bucket hats – the mix of sounds in the room included “Thank you for Oxymoron, God!,” a constant flow of song requests and Q’s trademark ad-lib “YAK! YAK! YAK!” at thunderous levels.
Before diving into the tracklist for Oxymoron, which hits shelves tomorrow (Feb. 25), Q took his faithful crowd to several corners of his catalogue. He performed oldies but goodies like “There He Go,” surprised TDE go-hards with Ab-Soul for “Druggys Wit Hoes Again” (the crowd sang him happy birthday in return) and walked straight into a mosh pit for “Yay Yay.” He even shared blunts with front row fans and requested that the salt-and-pepper crowd stop withholding their energy and sing all the words to “Blessed,” which drops the N-word many times. (They did, btw).
Before dipping out at the end of the night with TDE President Terrence “Punch” Henderson, Q made sure to mix and mingle with the supporters who will ensure that he is 2014’s “Man of the Year.”
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Photos by Stacy-Ann Ellis