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The Top 15 ScHoolboy Q Videos

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[ScHoolboy Q courtesy Wikimedia Commons]"Life for me is just weed and brews
See the hoes flock to you when your name is Q
Am I overfaded? Hell yeah it's true
Turn a beat on ain't no limit on what I can do
See this Top Dawg in heat, but I'ma f#$% the world
I'ma be on tunes 'til God refurls
You sat me down, I'm still tryin to get higher
You looked at me stupid when I twisted the fire
Meanwhile my nigga drunk as f#$%
A nigga f#$%ed up, we all f#$%ed up
You done f#$%ed up, I brought mo' blunts
Smoke back to up, you niggaz know what's up"

1.) ScHoolboy Q - "Hands on the Wheel"

2.) ScHoolboy Q f/ Kanye West - "THat Part"

3.) ScHoolboy Q - "Man of the Year"

4.) ScHoolboy Q - "Break the Bank"

5.) ScHoolboy Q - "JoHn Muir"

6.) ScHoolboy Q f/ Kendrick Lamar - "Collard Greens"

7.) ScHoolboy Q f/ Miguel - "Overtime"

8.) ScHoolboy Q f/ BJ The Chicago Kid - "Studio"

9.) ScHoolboy Q - "Groovy Tony"

10.) ScHoolboy Q f/ E-40 - "Dope Dealer"

11.) ScHoolboy Q - "Hoover Street"

12.) ScHoolboy Q - "Hell of a Night"

13.) ScHoolboy Q - "Tookie Knows II: Part (2)"

14.) ScHoolboy Q - "Black THougHts (Pt. 3)"

15.) ScHoolboy Q f/ 2 Chainz - "What They Want"

Editorial: Would a Patreon Model for RapReviews Work?

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Patreon logo from Wikimedia Commons]The monthly cost of webhosting exceeds the amount of ad revenue generated by this site. There are a variety of reasons for this problem, not the least of which is that hip-hop music and culture has not been deemed "advertiser friendly," which is the current industry jargon that has gone mainstream thanks to the recent uproar over popular YouTube channels losing their ad revenue. To some degree I've tried to make this website "play the game" by self-censoring my language in reviews and editing content in reviews when they get flagged by Google AdSense, but it simply isn't enough.

With an archive of over 7,000 articles, we are in the position of being too big to be on a small hosting platform, but our revenue being too small to afford what we now have. And let's be fair about the fact I share some of the blame for this. I've not streamlined or optimized our site in the ways I could have before now. The current design doesn't scale well to mobile devices either, and that's where a lot of the ad dollars are now coming from, since people surf the web from their iPads and smartphones as much (or arguably more) than they do in front of monitors and keyboards. There's been some work going on quietly behind the scenes with members of our team to address both this issue and modernize the look of the site. Our plan is to hopefully roll that out by the end of 2017, but because of the fact we're financially upside down on RR right now, the progress is going slowly as we all have second jobs that come first. My work as a sports writer interviewing fighters keeps the ship upright.

That's why I've recently come to the conclusion that a Patreon model for the site may be necessary. The idea struck me when one of our regular readers contacted me about some albums we haven't covered he wanted to see us tackle, and I was forced for the thousandth time to say "If we had the money and the time to do it, we'd all cover everything." It occurred to me right then and there -- if this is what our readers want why not offer it? I'm prepared to take the site to a Patreon supported model and the threshold for making it viable is far lower than I first though. Here's a brief summary of what I see as the goals we'd need to hit and the perks we could offer.

* 50 contributors at $5 per month. At this level all advertising goes away. That's right, ALL OF IT. We wouldn't need it any more because your patronage would completely cover the cost of the webhosting even with Patreon taking a percentage off the top. Besides faster loading times for the website with no ads, this has the subsidiary benefit of loosening the grip that "advertiser friendly" content currently has. No more censorship of profanity in reviews, and no more self-censorship for any of the staff in terms of what they want to talk about. We'd break the chains and be able to write the content that you want to read the most.

* 100 contributors at $5 per month. Every staffer gets a stipend every month that's been guaranteed by you the readership, which provides a much more worthwhile incentive to write than simply "for the love of hip-hop" or "the exposure" that we all currently pay ourselves with in lieu of actual money. If you like what our staff does when they have the time to do it, the quality of the work they do, isn't it a win/win to know they get your support? It would certainly increase the frequency with which we can all contribute reviews when it's possible to make supplementary income from the work. It's easier to find time to write when it pays.

* 200 contributors at $5 per month. This is the point at which things really start flowing because we could open up a Patreon backer tier where supporters can make specific requests and we honor them. Even if that requires us hunting down a copy of a rare or obscure album, there'd be a budget to do so. At this level we can also start supporting staffers who want to travel to events to interview artists and either shoot them as YouTube exclusives for the site (ad free since we're member supported) and write up an article with their thoughts and the videos embedded. Obviously we're not getting exclusives with Kanye or Killer Mike at this level, but we're moving in the right direction.

* 500 contributors at $5 per month. At this level RapReviews is officially my full time job and every active staffer is well compensated for their work. We can buy a more robust webhosting platform than we currently have if needed. We can start to expand the team and bring in talent to do even more interviews, reviews, and features. Physical perks become part of our Patreon rewards. You want RR hats and t-shirts? If this is my full time J.O. that's something I can make happen. I'll get them designed, I'll pay to have them printed, and I'll ship them out to supporters. If you want RapReviews to go to SXSW and similar festivals to bring you all access coverage, we're there. Travel expenses are officially a realistic option for members of the team.

* 1,000 contributors at $5 per month. Obtainable? I don't know. It's less than the cost of Netflix per month, or two cups of coffee at Starbucks, so there might just be a thousand loyal readers who can pledge at this level. At this point we open a physical office with a digital studio to film daily content, and hire somebody to handle the Patreon side of things with honoring our physical perks and backer requests. It's a little "pie in the sky" to be sure but anything at this level and on up means we can be 100% fan driven, never compromise a single thing for an advertiser, and even give back to the local community and larger hip-hop community through our home office as a base of operations.

Now how many of you would be down to see this happen? Even if only 50 people bought in at $5 a month, advertising goes away forever. I've got to believe there are at least 50 people who would like that to happen. I know I would.
The Hip-Hop Shop #427 - Almost Home On the Stoop

It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #427 is called Almost Home On the Stoop. We have new material from 60 East, Aliano & Jakk Wonders, Flyy Guy Fresh, Skully and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* 60 East - Almost There
* Aliano & Jakk Wonders - The Home Team
* Flyy Guy Fresh - On the Stoop
* Damon Lamar - Debonair
* Skully - The World Is Going Crazy
* Kory L - Beat It Daddy
* Guerrilla Alliance - Reign of Sages
* Royzy Rothschild - Timeline
* YRD - Delta 88

Video: @Jynxx909 @therealslickc @IStillLoveHER - "Pyramids"

Video: Ital Santos & Slick-C f/ Mando The DJ - "Pyramids"

Wanja: Inland Empire's own Slick-C and Ital Santos come together for Sermones with production and raps from both of them. Their particular brand of Inland Empire Chicano funk-hop is evident but with more wisdom and a matured almost subdued but sinister melodic sound.

.@BobbySaint's 'Unholy' EP Drops Today, Listen Now!

Bobby Saint's 'Unholy' EP Drops Today, Listen Now!

L.H.: Bobby Saint captivates on Unholy, his debut solo EP out today on Shoot To Kill Music. The collection sees Saint flex his vast musical chops (from songwriting to production and all things in between) as he explores the interplay between the divine and the profane.

Title track "Unholy" sees the Barbados-born, LA-based artist twang with sinful playfulness over blues rock attitude. Saint funks-out on "Use It," meshing a bouncy, R&B-tinged bassline with pop-infused neo-soul. It's followed by the appropriately titled "Sexy," a libidinous R&B romp that drips of love, lust, and desire, which recently premiered via Afropunk.

On "Big Shoes," a confident Saint struts with gusto as he mixes piercing piano balladry with blossoming crescendos amidst a cinematic backdrop backed by powerfully soulful vocals. Closer "Fire & Gold" turns an acoustic beauty into a full-fledged, undeniable rock with swagger.

Armed with a versatile voice, powerful stage presence, a unique lyrical perspective, and raw, unfettered talent, Bobby Saint is not just one to watch; he's one to watch out for.

"This EP is about freedom, growth, spirituality, views of self, city nights and love. It's about keeping the fires lit, raising consciousness, while bowing down to the greats: Bob Marley, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye. This is me going forward with only love and the funk in my heart." - Bobby Saint

If you haven't heard of Bobby Saint, but you've been on a dancefloor in the past year, you've definitely heard him. Saint has built a name for himself as a master collaborator. The multi-instrumentalist, production whiz, and and sonic wunderkind burst onto the scene last year with Upload (June 2016) his joint EP with electronic duo Penthouse Penthouse (Team Supreme) ft. the soulful retro-futurist breakout single "69 Camaro" (1.2 Million streams across Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube).

Additional guest appearances on cult hits such as "Six A.M." (Pantyraid) (500K on Spotify), "Outlaws" (PLS&TY) (325K on Spotify), "Twisted Love" (Bastion) (231k on Spotify) followed, but it was Saint's star tune on "Black Bamboo" (225K on Spotify) by With You - aka M.I.A., Santigold producer Switch - that cemented his one-to-watch status. "Black Bamboo" was quickly added to heavy rotation following its premiere on Zane Lowe's Beat 1.
Video: @GorillaZoe - "Dede" (@TheRealTalkEnt @MacMediaPromo)

Video: Gorilla Zoe - "Dede"

Matt: Donít Feed Da Animals 2 is classic Gorilla Zoe, as it is filled with infectious rhymes and hooks while covering a vast array of themes, from drug dealing, money making, partying and being about that life. Today, Zoe releases the first visual "Dede" from Donít Feed Da Animals 2.

Video: RJ - "Brackin" (@RJMrLA @AudibleTreats)

Video: RJ - "Brackin" (Prod. by DJ Mustard & Larry Jay)

A.T.: Visual For the First Single From the 400 Summers Artist's Upcoming Mr. LA Album.

Audio: Bone Thugs & Outlawz "Rolling Stone" (@iamKrayzieBone @YOUNG_NOBLE1)

Audio: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & Outlawz "Rolling Stone"

Matt: A decade in the making, Krayzie Bone and Young Nobleís Thug Brothers 2 is the follow up to the highly-successful collaboration project from two of hip hopís legendary groups; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Outlawz.

The first Thug Brothers album was a collaborative effort by Layzie Bone and Young Noble, but for the sequel, Krayzie Bone picks up where Layzie Bone left off. There is an undeniable artistic chemistry between these two hip hop legends as they both detail their respective parallel journeys through hip hopís evolution and history.

Video: @YoungDolph "KING" Documentary (@AudibleTreats)

Video: Young Dolph "KING" Documentary

A.T.: Months Later, Young Dolph Addresses the Attempt on His Life in WSHH Documentary "KING."

Video: @MoleculesBX @DITCent @DresBlackSheep - "Hardcore" (@DiamondMedia360)

Video: Molecules & Showbiz f/ Dres - "Hardcore"

DM360: Take a trip to the renowned D.I.T.C. Studios in the visuals for ďHardcore,Ē the latest single from the Bronx-repping duo of Molecules (of The Legion) and DITCís Showbiz. The track, which arrives just in time for the release of their collaborative effort, A Bronx Tale, also features a standout guest verse from another living legend, Dres of Black Sheep.

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