ScHoolboy Q undoubtedly has revived his career with his newest and fifth studio album, CrasH Talk.
ScHoolboy’s first mixtape came out in 2008, the same year that the first Iron Man and Kung Fu Panda movies came out, but ScHoolboy is still able to stay relevant and refreshing to listen to.
The lead single from the album, “Numb Numb Juice,” features a bouncy trap beat complemented by ScHoolboy’s urgent flow. His voice and flow change multiple times during the track, and there is not a single moment of the song that leaves the listener unsatisfied.
The first track, “Gang Gang,” delivers a performance over a simple trap beat that is reminiscent of the songs he was releasing in 2014, and although it doesn’t stand out much, it is still a solid track. It is a good song but is simply overshadowed by much greater songs on the album.
One such song that stands out is “Tales,” a lyrical and insightful track that tackles a lot of aspects of ScHoolboy’s life, including his 3.3 GPA in high school, which he abandoned in favor of leading the life he raps about.
Another standout track is “5200,” which features a loopy and ominous beat accompanied by an aggressive flow and braggadocious lyrics. “Dangerous,” featuring Kid Cudi, is the most hypnotic and laid-back song on the album, featuring a sound that will instantly intrigue listeners.
The songs that include features — “CHopstix” with Travis Scott, “Drunk” with 6lack, “Lies” with Ty Dolla $ign and YG, “Floating” with 21 Savage, “Dangerous” with Kid Cudi, and “Water” with Lil Baby — are all impressive.
The feature list does seem lengthy, as six of the 14 tracks have features, but these tracks are some of the best on the album, as ScHoolboy changes his tone, flow, speed, or whatever is necessary to complement the feature’s strong suits.
This album is not perfect, however, as some of the beats seem too simple for ScHoolboy Q. “Die Wit Em,” for example, is solid, but the beat never evolves, and considering the track is just over three minutes long, it is the least interesting song on the album.
Overall, CrasH Talk is a unique album for ScHoolboy Q, as it delivers a certain ominous vibe throughout that has been touched on before by ScHoolboy, but never this in-depth.