(AllHipHop News) Tomorrow (February 25th), Schoolboy Q will release his debut album Oxymoron, but last night (February 23rd) New York City got the first performances. As apart of NPR Music’s First Listen Live, Schoolboy Q ran through songs from Oxymoron at Le Possion Rouge.
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A few traditions of a Schoolboy Q performance include copious amounts of marijuana being smoked and constant reminders to the crowd to monitor their energy level as Q is only as hype as the crowd is. The latter was not a problem for vast majority of the show as songs such as “Yay Yay”(accompanied by Q jumping in the crowd) and “Banger (MOSHPIT)” kept the energy at a fever pitch.
While this was a concert, it was also a forum for Q to preview some unheard music from Oxymoron and was seen numerous times just vibing to the records with his eyes closed. One of the best moments was when Q performed album standout “Hoover Street”:
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Always the jokester, Q admitted to not having a set list prepared before he instructed one of his handlers to “bring the blind man to the stage” in reference to Ab Soul joining him to perform “Druggy With Ho*s”. Before Soul left, Q made sure the crowd wished him a Happy Birthday but the celebration that night was all for Q, whom in 24 hours will enter his hat into the race for Rap Album of the Year.
Check out Schoolboy Q perform Oxymoron intro ”Gangsta” for the first time along with “Banger (MOSHPIT) and “Break The Bank” below: