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It’s Gonna Be Groovy at The Soundlab

ScHoolboy Q and Ab Soul, half of the Black Hippy movement, will be performing at The Soundlab in Buffalo on May 6th as a part of the Groovy Tour.

The Black Hippy collective, from left to right, Ab Soul, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock (Courtesy of wn.com)

The Soundlab at 110 Pearl Street in Buffalo are bringing in ScHoolboy and Ab to perform in front of 100 or so concertgoers, in an intimate performance similar to those that usually coincide with the small venue.

The two Los Angeles artists are rising performers on the hip hop scene. ScHoolboy Q released his critically acclaimed album Habits and Contradictions in January, and Ab Soul’s debut album Control System will hit iTunes May 11th.

Along with “hip hop savior” Kendrick Lamar and West Coast representative Jay Rock, ScHoolboy and Ab have the group Black Hippy. To date, Black Hippy has only released a handful of tracks around the internet, but they have confirmed that in the future they will be making a full length album.

The brash, in-your-face lyrics of ScHoolboy and Ab Soul will have concertgoers feeling reminiscent of the “Gangsta Rap” days of the 1990s. Both artists grew up in the streets of Los Angeles, with ScHoolboy Q at one time being gang affiliated.

The popularity of West Coast rap has been on the rise of late. With acts like Tyga, New Boyz, Cali Swag District, Pac Div, YG, and Odd Future all working in unique ways to stand out of the pack, Black Hippy has been a refreshing throwback. Between ScHoolboy Q referencing his Figg Street Crips, and Ab Soul delving into the meaning of life, these Los Angeles bred artists have few questioning their talent, and almost as important, their realness.

For the hip hop fans of Buffalo and Western New York, this concert is a must-see. In the Soundlab’s uniquely intimate atmosphere, the future of hip hop will be showcased. That is not an opportunity you would want to miss.



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