Live Show Review: ScHoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, And Vince Staples On The Oxymoron Tour

Posted: March 10, 2014 by ericbernsen in Music, News
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While we are still catching up on our album review posts, there is no way we can hide the fact that ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron LP is one of our favorite projects early in 2014. Luckily enough, ScHoolboy Q opened up his Oxymoron tour in our backyard of Boston last week and we were there to take in the experience. With artists like Vince Staples and TDE’s Isaiah Rashad being openers for the event, the Wilbur Theatre was jam-packed as last Sunday night will be one of many sold out shows for ScHoolboy Q on this tour. By the end of the night, everyone in attendance left the venue with a whole new appreciation for the music from the artists who performed. 

The show opened up with a couple of local Boston acts due to an initiative that will take part throughout the entirety of the Oxymoron Tour. The management team of TDE will take to Twitter before every show and compile a  vote of who the fans are rocking with the most from their respective city. We are all for supporting local hip-hop, and the Beantown rapper that was lucky enough to be selected was the buzzing Michael Christmas. An artist who is getting a good amount of national exposure, Christmas took advantage of the opportunity and performed a solid 10 minute set that had the crowd hyped up. We would even go as far as saying that the local rapper had a better stage presence than the first official opener Vince Staples. While we are huge fans of Vince Staples, (especially his Stolen Youth EP released last year), it was apparent that he needs to improve when it comes to his delivery at live shows. There were time where you could barely make out what he was saying ,and it seemed that many in the crowd were not familiar with the work of the Long Beach emcee.

While ScHoolboy Q did not disappoint, the emcee who impressed us the most was TDE newcomer Isaiah Rashad. This tour will be the first widespread national exposure for the young Chattanooga rapper, but he carried himself like a veteran at the Wilbur Theatre last week. Performing a multitude of tracks from his critically acclaimed Cilvia Demo EP, his confidence on stage was extremely impressive. While many TDE diehards were well aware of his work before the show, even fans who were less familiar with Rashad were digging what he brought to the table. Tracks like “Soliloquy” and “Ronnie Drake” proved to be standouts, but it was evident that Isaiah put all of his energy into every song he performed during his set.

By the time ScHoolboy Q came on stage, the crowd was ready to party and the tone of his performance was set once the beat of Oxymoron intro track “Gangsta” started to blare through the speakers. While Q is not shy about his huge gut that he’s developed recently, being overweight had no negative effect on his energy as he was performing at a high level all night (just look at Action Bronson). Feeding his fans with new material from Oxymoron as well as popular old tracks from Habits & Contradictions, Q came through with a diverse set of records that all proved to be crowd pleasers. From the more high energy tracks such as “There He Go” and “Yay Yay” to the more introspective songs like “Prescription” and “Blind Threats”, ScHoolboy proved himself as an artist who has made the next step in terms of his overall depth. Before Q ended the show with Oxymoron single “Man Of The Year”, he even did his own rendition of “m.A.A.d. city” by fellow Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar. Needless to say, the crowd went wild for that one and it represented the excitement that filled the Wilbur Theatre all night long. It was a great Sunday night for us and we certainly enjoyed the atmosphere…do yourself a favor and take a listen to the work of all the aforementioned artists.

Watch Schoolboy Q perform “There He Go” below and get an idea of how live the crowd was!







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