Blank Face LP

Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #342 / 947
Year End Rank: #46
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Based on 866 ratings
2016 Ratings: #94
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Consequence of Sound
It’s hard and sinister like a gangster rap album, but it’s also sprawling and even psychedelic at times. Nothing else sounds like it, and that’s a joy to behold.
It is an album terrifyingly suited to our times: an eerie portent, punctuated by gunshots and neutered, robotic voices repeating the album’s title over and over, as though casting a hex.

While Oxymoron balanced chutzpah and remorse with the maturity of a gang banger who has made it out, Blank Face LP sees Q almost fully immersing himself into his old world, brazen and remorseless.


Blank Face turns away from the ambitious fusion of To Pimp a Butterfly, instead doubling down on a smoked-out atmosphere that points the listener’s focus toward rapping. That puts the onus on Q to hold attention for the duration of the record’s hour-plus running time, and he does so with a wide array of tricks.

Entertainment Weekly

With an impressive range of sonic and lyrical styles and numerous highlights, Blank Face LP stands as one of 2016’s most engaging rap projects.


It’s not easy to homogenize the opposing forces at play, but everything here feels like a genuine rumble through a mind scarred and inebriated by the reality of gang life and chasing the American dream while the room spins. Like the title hints, Blank Face LP is dark and full of stone-grilled stares that lay things out in plain terms, and there’s very little, if any, glamorization at play.


Pulling no punches: Blank Face is the second best hip-hop album of 2016 so far, after The Life of Pablo.

This is Q’s longest, but also most consistent release yet, and it proves the 29-year-old Los Angeles spitter is really coming into his own.
As a release born firmly in the age of streaming, playlists, and the Life of Pablo, it's a sprawling album to argue about and examine. In Schoolboy Q's discography it's the experimental LP with an attitude, and a giant Magical Mystery Tour that will dazzle his fans.
Tiny Mix Tapes

As far as major label rap albums are concerned, Blank Face is one of the strongest, most consistently enjoyable in years, even if its glossy and misanthropic merits falls just shy of GOAT status.

The Line of Best Fit
He isn’t a terrifically technical MC, but he has a stellar ear for beats and macabre samples that imply the negatives of his rock star lifestyle even if he never explicitly states them.
No Ripcord

Blank Face is occasionally too indulgent for his own good, as he also follows trap and net-soul trends in awkward fashion, but the amount of genuine, larger-than-life parables continue to expose an artist who still wrestles with his hard-knock past.


Blank Face LP refines the slight missteps that Q's 2014 album, Oxymoron, made; where Oxymoron tried too hard at times to keep up with passing trends, Blank Face LP manages to be versatile without sounding desperate.

Rolling Stone

Schoolboy Q's 2014 major-label debut, Oxymoron, marked him as the most street MC in L.A.'s Black Hippy rap collective. No less stressed or conflicted than that crew's breakout star, Kendrick Lamar, he's reporting from deeper within the fog of war on his follow-up.


Blank Face is still resolutely ScHoolboy Q in its misplaced bravado. In terms of pure thrills, though, it's difficult to argue against this being his best album yet.

NOW Magazine
On his unrepentant fourth LP, West Coast rapper Schoolboy Q is a troubled, cop-dodging sex addict.
The Needle Drop
The incredible ambition of ScHoolboy Q's new album is suffocated in the same album's lack of organization.
Slant Magazine

Blank Face LP is ultimately an unfocussed album, one caught between reportage and repugnant opportunism—its violence and sexism alike an appeal to commerciality. Q has no responsibility to be conscious, but he veers so drastically in the other direction that he doesn't merely represent the bleakness of this reality, but actively stokes it.

MickyT and Phillip present...
Episode Two: Blank Face Impala

Welcome back to the ALBUM SWAP, a series where me and fellow AOTY user Phillip give each other an album to listen to, preferably an album we haven't heard. For the 2nd episode I have tasked Phillip with listening to Currents by Tame Impala and Phillip has tasked me with listening to 'Blank Face LP' by Schoolboy Q, Blank Face is the 4th studio album from California rapper, TDE and Black Hippy member, and ... read more
Such a great improvement on oxymoron. Everything is so much better on this album. The production on most of the tracks are great. The beats just slap hard af especially on ride out and there are so many more banger tracks with great beats. The features were great especially from kanye west and Vince staples. I really enjoyed the samples that Q uses especially on WHteva u Want. Q is able to come up with pretty nice, catchy flows.

This is a much more consistent record than oxymoron and has ... read more
Among the Black Hippy, tHere is Kendrick Lamar, Compton's intellectual, wHo pulls the TDE label and tHe wHole rap game to tHe top; Jay Rock, tHe pure juice tHug from Watts; Ab-Soul, Carson's emo-street poet Hidden beHind Eazy-E glasses; and finally the man witH tHe Bucket Hat, the personality tHat interests me particularly Here, ScHoolboy Q, the gangster from Hoover Street. Two years after tHe release of the pHenomenal "Oxymoron", ScHoolboy Q offers "Blank Face LP". EacH ... read more
I can confidently credit "Blank Face LP" as being one of the most surprisingly good first experiences I've ever had with an album. The versatility in production choices, killer feature list, potent lyrical prowess, and Schoolboy Q's menacing mic presence was more than I could've imagined when I pressed play on this project. Every aspect is executed perfectly and there's not a single bad cut from start to finish. To put the quality into perspective, If any project could rival ... read more
One of my favorite gangsta rap album of all time. Schoolboy's delivery here is everything u want from gangsta drug rap. The grimy yet versatile instrumentals along with all the goated features is so fucking awesome. this album makes me want to light up a car with a fat ass cigar in my mouth.

best tracks: Groovy Tony/Eddie Kane, JoHn Muir, THat Part, TorcH, Ride Out
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Track List

  1. TorcH
  2. Lord Have Mercy
  3. THat Part (feat. Kanye West)
  4. Groovy Tony / Eddie Kane (feat. Jadakiss)
  5. Kno Ya Wrong (feat. Lance Skiiwalker)
  6. Ride Out (feat. Vince Staples)
  7. WHateva U Want (feat. Candice Pillay)
  8. By Any Means
  9. Dope Dealer (feat. E-40)
  10. JoHn Muir
  11. Big Body (feat. Tha Dogg Pound)
  12. Neva CHange (feat. SZA)
  13. Str8 Ballin
  14. Black THougHts
  15. Blank Face (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  16. Overtime (feat. Miguel & Justine Skye)
  17. Tookie Knows II (feat. Traffic & TF)
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Added on: June 14, 2016