Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Billboard

In anticipation of "Oxymoron's" #1 placement on the Billboard chart, the publication covers TDE/Interscope artists Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q in an upcoming issue of its magazine.

Top Dawg Ent.'s Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q are set to appear on the cover of Billboard. 

The cover tagline reads: "The Tale of Top Dawg: Inside the Hip Hop hit factory that has Kendrick Lamar, a soon-to-be No. 1 album from ScHoolboy Q and the attention of Jimmy Iovine."

Yesterday (February 28), it was announced that ScHoolboy Q is expected to land in the #1 spot on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Oxymoron, ScHoolboy's major label debut album may sell between 150,000 and 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week, according to reports. Official numbers are set to be announced March 5. 

Recently, Billboard reviewed the album and discussed its comparisons to Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city

"Oxymoron will no doubt be compared to good kid, m.A.A.d city, the debut album of Q's fellow TDE rapper Kendrick Lamar and arguably the best rap album of the past half-decade," Billboard says in its review. "To say that ScHoolboy Q's major-label debut is 'less consistent' than good kid, m.A.A.d city is something of a misnomer, because, while Lamar dazzles with precise storytelling, Q conjures attention with brusque physicality. Both MCs are aiming for different marks, and although Q's style is too unkempt to produce an album full of clean shots, his misses on Oxymoron are often just as compelling." Overall, the publication said Oxymoron earned a score of 82. 

HipHopDX also reviewed the album, which earned 3.5 out of 5 rating in its review. "Ultimately the good moments are on par with what will be considered 2014’s high-water marks, and if held they weren’t held to the high standards of Setbacksand Habits & Contradictions, Q’s low points would be acceptable from another rapper," the review says. "Given TDE’s ever-increasing appeal, Oxymoron isn’t quite an elite offering, but it meets the difficult task of attracting casual fans without straying too far from the formula that attracted ScHoolboy Q’s core audience."

RELATED: ScHoolboy Q Says Only Ab-Soul Knew About His Addiction To Pills

84 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "Ross was a C.O." For one year at age 19. It is very possible from his mid 20's to 30's he did some things.

  • Anonymous

    "And GQ were wrong and their opinion is irrelevant" Kendrick did the interview so he must have felt they were relevant.

  • DUMBEST RHYMES EVER WRITTEN

    1 - "I move caine like a cripple" by Pusha T 2 - "Mind so sharp I fuck around and cut my head off" by Lil Wayne 3 - "U need a fag to come and tear a new hole in my ass" by Eminem 4 - "Last name Ever, first name Greatest" by Drake 5 - "I'm old school and I'll smack a bitch" by Birdman (tho someone probably wrote it for him) 6 - "I'll fuck RuPaul before I fuck them ugly ass Xscape bitches" by Biggie 7 - "She got a big booty, so I call her Big Booty" by 2 Chainz 8 - Everything Nas said on "Big Girl" 9 - "People talk so much shit about me in barbershops they forget to get their hair cut" by Kanye 10 - "Call me Mr. Marcus, I'm in this bitch" by Ludacris

  • Crip4Life

    too bad these fools aint got respect out here in Oakland!

    • Baltimore > The Rest

      Fuck Oakland YEAH NIGGA I SAID IT BALTIMORE RUN THIS SHYT GOT A PROBLEM COME TALK TO US THEN IF NOT THEN FALL THE FUCK BACK AND KEEP ON HUGGIN OUR NUTS

  • Anonymous

    It's clear Ross knew people heavily involved. He may not of done half of what he says he did, but at least he was around it. Kendrick was surrounded by thugs who viewed him as an innocent little dove.

    • Anonymous

      And GQ were wrong and their opinion is irrelevant.

    • Anonymous

      GQ called Kendrick a Nerd.

    • Anonymous

      Ross was a C.O., he sees people doing dirt. Doesn't mean he did any. Kendrick grew up around gang activity and never claimed to be a gangster at all, he even explains it in song, "I'm no gangster, no killer, I'm just your average Joe" Your Kendrick hate is causing you to make up bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    A cupcake who grew up in Compton but did no dirt, and a guy who eats boxes of cupcakes before every concert.

    • Anonymous

      I'm not even white and 50 doesn't even repeat that. I just stated facts.

    • Anonymous

      The white one in the comments is like 50Cent he keeps repeating that the man always a CO as if it was a career or he did it for years, the man also was a roofer and a student but the white one never calls him a roofer or a student.

    • Anonymous

      This coming from a guy who's a fan of a former correctional officer from Miami who did no dirt and eats boxes of cupcakes and other junk food before every concert.

    • Anonymous

      You just described yourself and your boyfriend.

  • Anonymous

    An elf and an Orc

  • Anonymous

    Schoolboy looks like a Schoolboy, his album was average, I hope Ab Soul can save TDE but its not looking good.

  • Anonymous

    "@anon4- if black people would stop being bums and buy your own peoples albums they wouldnt need that extra shit to sell but as your typing that im sure you downloaded another album free." @Anon There are approximately 1 million different Black rappers on ITunes, Amazon or at the Carwash selling their CDs, its impossible to support them all especially when you listen to other genres of Black music, I download a lot of singles and free Mixtapes. Black people dont have that much money and are only 12% of the population so the secret is to get white people to buy your album but its tricky because you have to give them something they can relate to in the music or in the image. (Marketing) ASAP were very shrewd when they came out and they strategically inserted white women in abundance in their videos and white people said "HEY" we can be a part of this"!! We can relate! Give em a Daft Punk sample or a Timberlake feature, throw a blonde on your album cover like Pharrell, or behave like Tyler the Creator, relatability is the key to success, people want desperately to "relate". Major label marketing departments are keenly aware of this and hire stylists to dress their artists to appeal to the audience they are targeting, the A&R departments suggest possible guest features and collaborations to appeal to the audience they are targeting and the money comes piling in.

  • Anonymous

    "Nothing about TDE is a gimmick. They don't make music for one type of audience, they make music for a diverse audience. Their image are down-to-earth average people who don't brag about money or material wealth like a lot of rappers and a lot of people can relate to them." Yeah faggot Im pretty sure you can relate to a California Crip rapping about shootings and pimping hoes.

    • lol

      who gives a fuck if he rapped about some stupid black n1gger bitch i wish more whites would.. blacks rap about white ppl all the time and have white guys dick in their mouth every other song.. fuck black bitchs.

    • Anonymous

      Well, it's not true. He only had one song that he made after a break up with a black girlfriend and he regreted it. Move on already.

    • Anonymous

      He is talking about Eminem and those racist rap songs he made back when he was a serial killer in Detroit.

    • ^

      No such rapper exists.

    • Anonymous

      Or as bad as a white boy and former Klansman rapping about raping his own mother and killing craccers

    • Anonymous

      Not as bad as a former C.O. from Miami rapping about moving kilos of coke and shooting niggas.

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  • Anonymous

    Black Hippy is true talent. Q's album sounds nothing like Kendrick's, but it's still dope as fuck. Wait till Soul and Rock drop. Their shit will be unique as well.

  • wtf

    why Q look like a lowkey pedo though?

  • lol

    see this is what happens when u put in work..instead of complaining about kendrick and black hippie..you work hard next think you know your on the cover with YOUR name moral of this lesson-- dont bitch, esp about your own partner and work harder.

  • Anonymous

    Where'd they get those shoes from, Kmart?

  • Anonymous

    One looks nerdy, while the other looks high.

  • sir stinks

    he look likka bay rapper (Q)

  • Jac

    Break the banks the dopest track on there. I would of liked it to be an alchemist produced album with a modern day Temples of Boom feel exploring prescription pill addiction with more introspective lyrics about his life experiences. Dope, but I think 3.5/5 is about right due to it being so formulated to reach that wider market.

  • Snoooop

    How many times people are gonna call good kid m.A.A.d city Kendrick's debut album? Did they forget Section .80?

  • TDE

    Nobody is going to mention the pink elephant in the room?

  • Anonymous

    lol, hhdx was predictable in their view, i called it before hearing the album or seeing the review. Id say its a 4, but they gave it a 3.5 due to the hype.

  • no popo

    Q look like he waiting on a bus to go get a block of government cheese

  • w h o k n o w s

    lol... one looks like a star & the other looks like he's just happy to be there... can u guess which is which?

  • Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy

    Ab-Soul hella mad right now

    • triPAUD

      He will, its all timing. Schoolboy q even had to wait for the hype machine to build in the wake of kendrick. They know what they're doing. Even ab soul making those comments was a strategic move to bring more exposure to their independent personalities. Now ppl will be waiting for ab and jay rocks next shit.

    • ETK

      Ab-Soul better not be trippin. ain't nobody doin nothin to him, all he has to do is fuckin drop somethin'. drop somethin, make the crowds move like Q is doin, then he'll get a cover spot or two.

  • Nas

    Damn q looks like a old bastard. U approved this shit??? Why does he need kendrick on the cover??? He ain't strong enough

  • Champagne Papi Life

    Q approved that photo? LMAO!

  • Anonymous

    I know the TDE gimmick is to appeal to the hipsters hippies and hipster-hoppers but that cover is very unflattering and Q looks like a fat nerd on medical weed releasing silent farts with a weed pipe in his hand.

    • Anonymous

      I'm not even white and that wasn't an opinion, that was hate-filled bullshit.

    • Anonymous

      One of the whites called that opinion a "complaint".

    • Anonymous

      its funny how the guy complaining about hipsters and gimmicks is a rick ross fan.

    • lol

      @anon4- if black people would stop being bums and buy your own peoples albums they wouldnt need that extra shit to sell but as your typing that im sure you downloaded another album free.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing about TDE is a gimmick. They don't make music for one type of audience, they make music for a diverse audience. Their image are down-to-earth average people who don't brag about money or material wealth like a lot of rappers and a lot of people can relate to them. Nobody wants to hear fantasy rhymes anymore. And why are you talking about their clothes, you faggot? That shit ain't a gimmick, that's just what they want to wear, they don't do it for anyone else. Black Hippy draws people of different races. You don't even know what a gimmick is.

    • Anonymous

      The secret is to appeal to white people who buy albums and want to "relate" to their rappers so you have to appear a little nerdy and disheveled instead of flashy and glamorous. They call their collective "Black Hippy" so bucket hats, Erkel glasses and pink sweatshirts are the gimmick that reels in the fans who think they are "hip" by not supporting the glamour and gold shit that's out there while supporting the "black guys" who look goofy and alternative. It's a mindfuck and gimmick that works like a charm.

    • Anonymous

      you a fool for that

    • Anonymous

      You're joking, right? TDE's not a gimmick and they don't appeal to hipsters or hippies. They're bringing traditional hip-hop back to the mainstream and are all about talent. The real gimmicks are Young Money and Maybach Music.

  • Anonymous

    Its unfair to Q to compare his debut album to a Classic but it is what it is, Kendrick is light years ahead of Q as a rapper and Kendrick's album had better production, better features and a better overall concept. Kendrick makes you want to root for TDE and if you are from the West Coast then you are Ride or Die... Sadly Schoolboy underwhelmed me and many others and I think HHDX is being generous with a 3.5 when it is an obvious 3.0/5. In all fairness to Q the expectations were set way too high due to GKMC but he has a lot of room to grow if he stays focused and doesent get fat and lazy and let the drugs make him too weird.

  • Anonymous

    Q looks like he has down syndrome

  • Anonymous

    This is some bullshit, over the past few years it's finally cool to where glasses and now my Doctor says my eyes are so fucked up I have to switch from glasses to hard contacts.

  • Anonymous

    Q got fat. I guess he stopped giving a fuck about staying in shape now that his status has climbed to the point where he can get bitches just off his name alone.

  • Anonymous

    Are these niggas wearing each others shoes? eewww

    • Anonymous

      kendrick got on them yeezys, Q aint got the connections for those

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  • Anonymous

    lol schoolboy looks extremely weird, and Kendrick looks retarded who made that photo?

  • Anonymous

    LOL!! Q's album flopped when he should have sold twice as much by now, especially after Kenwack propelled him into fame.

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