Schoolboy Q: Worldbeat Cultural Center

Schoolboy Q couldn’t have come at a better time this year as he descends on the Worldbeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park this April. When I heard the news that he was going to perform in San Diego I knew I had to get my hands on those tickets. Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known as Schoolboy Q, is the influence for my reintroduction to hip-hop.

MY ANTHEM Collard GreensThis video had guest appearances from Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar.

His album #Oxymoron soon to drop at the end of this month is going to be a great success for Schoolboy Q as fans have all ready hyped up for his singles Collard GreensMan of the Year and Break the Bank. This is one of the TOP anticipated hip-hop albums this year. Is Kendrick Lamar ready to bow down to Q?

“You have to listen to the level of competition. If you want to beat the best, you have to study what the best is doing. That’s like saying I didn’t study Jay and Nas. Or Big and Pac. Yes, I study Kendrick because he is one of the heavy hitters in the game,” Schoolboy Q said in a Hot 97 Morning show last month according to

As an emerging voice in the hip-hop community Q should get ready for an amazing year as his tour hits international waters this year with destinations such as France, Germany and Sweden.

If you can’t make the #Oxymoron World Tour show in San Diego don’t worry there is an extensive lineup of tour dates to catch Schoolboy Q in California this year.

Getting to the Worldbeat Cultural Center from San Diego State is just a trolley and bus ride away.

When: April 5

Where: Worldbeat Cultural Center

Address: 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Time: 8 p.m.

Price: $25 GA

This is an all ages show!


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Stay tuned for my Schoolboy Q concert review in April. If you would like to be featured on Carmen’s Hip-Hop weekly please feel free to email, Tweet or Facebook message me.

Follow Schoolboy Q on Instagram @groovyq and Twitter @ScHoolboyQ

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Schoolboy Q’s album #Oxymoron on Feb. 25 or download it on itunes!

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All Hail Kanye: The College Dropout 10th Anniversary

Yesterday our Monday ceased to be ordinary as it marked the 10th anniversary of Kanye West’s The College Dropout debut LP. It’s hard to imagine many of us were 10 years old when his album dropped 10 years ago. We have to distinguish Kanye 2014 from the Kanye of 2004 before the fame and infamy. Kanye was more than humble yesterday giving a shout-out to his fans who have followed him throughout a decade via twitter.

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Let’s give him props for being an ever evolving performer with titles, such as record producer, fashion designer, songwriter and so much more that adds onto his extensive repertoire.

Let’s honor a throwback to 2004 with five of my all-time favorite tracks from Kanye’s  The College Dropout:

1. Jesus Walks: A masterpiece in its own right this video had me eating my words and believing in Kanye’s mass potential!

2. Slow Jamz: This song was a throwback with some Motown infused lyrics and name drops.

3.  Through the Wire: I remember hearing this song on the way to school, something about Kanye’s music brings nostalgia to my life.

4. All Falls Down: As much as I tried, I could never hit the high notes on this song!

5. Never Let Me Down: Impressive lyrics and soul.

Have we forgotten the 2005 Grammy awards where the world was Kanye’d for the first time?! The album was hailed with three awards that night with Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song attributed to Jesus Walks and Best Rap Song/Collaboration that went to Slow Jamz.  This certainly catapulted Kanye onto the rap game’s radar with his extensive success and No. 1 hit songs.

Congrats Kanye on 10 years of musical genius! Remember to follow him on twitter @kanyewest

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Dial Up for Childish Gambino this March

The third stop in Childish Gambino’s The Deep Web tour is San Diego. He’ll bless the Open Air Theatre on SDSU’s campus with his rap god presence on March 3 at 8 p.m. I anticipate this show to be a great success for both Gambino and San Diego fans alike.

With his rising success in the rap game he’s my top pick for artist to watch in 2014. The success of his second studio album Because the Internet has received great reviews from critics and fans. I can’t get his single 3005 of my head and I know I’m not alone.

Top tracks from Childish Gambino:

Although many people know him as Troy from the hit show “Community” and co-writer for “30 Rock,” concertgoers will see something new when they watch Gambino perform on stage in March.

I anticipate that the Open Air Theatre will be packed so try and get there early. The show was originally scheduled to be at SOMA San Diego, but the location has been changed to the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. If you still have your SOMA ticket for Gambino, don’t worry! Your ticket will be honored at the event. Tickets are reasonably priced starting at $33 reserved at the box office and $35 at the door. You can buy tickets online (and pay 13 bucks in service fees) at Ticketmaster.

Follow Childish Gambino on Twitter @DonaldGlover and Instagram @childishness to keep up-to-date with all the projects this hip-hop recording artist is working on.

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