|Schoolboy Q is the stage name of Quincy Hanley, an American rapper and hip hop artist hailing from the south side of Los Angeles, California. Hanley has experienced an interesting rise to fame throughout the late 2000s, becoming a favorite among fans of several different sectors of the hip hop spectrum. Holding an interesting penchant for using a different flow and rhyme scheme in most of his songs, Hanley has been able to appeal to a wide variety of fans and experience considerable commercial success while remaining true to a subject matter that is largely autobiographical. If you’re looking to take in one of the hottest artists in West Coast hip hop, then purchase your Schoolboy Q tickets today!
Before the fame
Schoolboy Q was not always the prolific, chart-topping recording artist that we know him as today. Like so many others, he got his start from very modest beginnings. Born in Germany to a military family, Hanley then spent several years in Texas before landing in Los Angeles, where he would spend most of his upbringing. He claims to have first become involved in rapping around the age of 16, though he draws a distinction in that he didn’t take it seriously until his early twenties. At the age of 21, Schoolboy Q experienced his first foray into the beginnings of stardom by getting the chance to rap with artists Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. He had begun working with Top Dawg Entertainment, the label that launched his career, and came across them in the House of Pain recording studio. The three rapped together on an album that Jay Rock was working on, and have since collaborated frequently.
Rise and commercial success
Hanley began to enter the mainstream musical scene with the release of two mixtapes, Schoolboy Turned Hustla and Gangsta & Soul. The two tapes, which were released in 2008 and 2009, respectively, helped to drive Hanley’s recognition among fans through tactical use of collaboration tracks with other established artists. Among those he chose to work with on these were Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Tyga. These mixtapes were enough to establish Hanley as a respected hip hop artist, and he began to tour across the country.
Meanwhile, as he was becoming a known touring artist, he found himself also working with Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and others to establish Black Hippy, their own subset of Top Dawg Entertainment. Ultimately, this grouping would prove integral in the release of Setbacks, his first studio album and the formal debut of the Black Hippy collaboration. The album experienced extreme success, reaching No. 100 on the Billboard 200 Chart before being released digitally for no charge several weeks later.
Since the release of Setbacks, Hanley has put out two other studio albums, Habits & Contradictions and Oxymoron. These two albums, driven by the success of songs like “Hands on the Wheel,” “Man of the Year” and “Collard Greens” would elevate Hanley ’s career to entirely new heights. Along with Kendrick Lamar, he became the face of both Black Hippy and TDE, touring all across the country between 2012 and 2014.