ScHoolboy Q celebrated his 34th birthday on Monday (October 26) and decided to give fans an update on his next album as a thank you for the well wishes. The Los Angeles rapper took to his Instagram Stories to share a photo from inside the recording studio and also hinted at a release date during the early stages of 2021.
He wrote, “THanks for all da love.. TOP OF THE YEAR,” along with some thinking and shrugging emojis.
Looks like ScHoolboy Q is dropping at the top of 2021 👀👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/nAbpgBAqS0
— Team Ab-Soul TDE (@abdashsoulTDE) October 27, 2020
Top Dawg Entertainment wished the Black Hippy artist a happy birthday with a message, alongside a photo of Q showing off his grills.
“Grooviest, Hood politics, tHe Crip scHolarsHips,” the post read. ” cake day wisHes to tHe Homie @ScHoolboyQ #HBD cHampion. #TDE.”
— TOP DAWG ENT (@TopDawgEnt) October 26, 2020
Q’s last album CrasH Talk was released in April 2019 with features from Travis Scott, Lil Baby, YG, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla Sign and 6LACK. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 81,000 total album equivalent units sold in its opening week, 8,000 more than 2016’s Blank Face LP.
During a performance at London’s O2 Academy Brixton in January, Q initially promised his follow-up album would be released in 2020.
“I’ma constantly be here bruh, I’m not lying to you, I swear to God,” he said. “I’ma drop a whole other album this year, I promise you that. I promise you that, I’m not lying this time! And I’m the most lying-ist muthafucka ever! I’ll drop next month. Yeah right. N-gga, I’m dropping an album this year, I promise you that.
“I’ve been working on this album since CrasH Talk came out. I been working non-stop. I constantly work because I’m hungry and I love to create. And every time when I come out and I see my fans, it makes me appreciate this shit way more than what it is.”
Despite not releasing any of his own music this year, Q has been featured on songs from Black Thought, Conway The Machine, Gorillaz and fellow TDE member REASON.