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Blank Face LP

Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #317 / 763
Year End Rank: #46
User Score
Based on 538 ratings
2016 Ratings: #135
July 8, 2016 / Release Date
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Interscope, Top Dawg / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
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.
90
FasterLouder
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.
86
HipHopDX

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.

83
Pitchfork

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.

83
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.

80
Spin

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.

80
PopMatters

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

80
XXL
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.
80
AllMusic
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.
80
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.

80
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.
80
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.

70
Exclaim!

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.

70
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.

70
Sputnikmusic

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.

60
NOW Magazine
On his unrepentant fourth LP, West Coast rapper Schoolboy Q is a troubled, cop-dodging sex addict.
50
The Needle Drop
The incredible ambition of ScHoolboy Q's new album is suffocated in the same album's lack of organization.
40
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.

WhatTheFunk
80
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
TreyLikesBands
86
Great

Schoolboy Q's fourth record "Blank Face LP" really surprised me after such a disappointing introduction to his music like "TrasH Talk". There are so many more memorable moments on this record that SCREAM actual heart in the music itself, unlike his newest. It feels like Q has his own actual sound on here, as the beats themselves are very different from others of the west coast, and his vocal inflections give every track an edge and griminess. It's very ... read more
thebibleparttwo
NR
the definition of my common utter ‘swag’

edit #1: I WANT TO FUCKING SHOOT SOMEONE TO THIS ALBUM HOLY SHIT I FINALLY UNDERSTAND IT NOW

edit #2: OSISGSHSBAJA
dearsongs
85
Schoolboy Q is an interesting one. I can't think of much that really sounds like this album. He is cold af, at times is an amazing storyteller and also mixing in with a bit of humor/sillyness. Over time this album has grown on me more and more. So many good tracks littered throughout. some awesome production, some awesome sampling. Great album, def one of my favorite rap albums. Underrated in general.
Collin
90
Grew on me. Like... a lot. This shit slaps.
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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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