MUSIC WORLD: The Black Hippy Movement… Kendrick Lamar x ScHoolBoy Q x Ab-Soul x Jay Rock

Who the fuck are The Black Hippies? I was asking that question, I swear, no less than 3 months ago. Now, their identities are known by most people that follow the new hip-hop scene. But in case you still aren’t sure. Check out a profile of the group and it’s members below. Get in tune!

Black Hippy

The supergroup consists of four rappers: Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and ScHoolboy Q. Each member hails from the west coast, specifically, California. As a collective and group, they are signed to Top Dawg Entertainment with Aftermath and Interscope acting as major label affiliations. They haven’t dropped an entire project together as they are opting to get the solo efforts underway first. They have collaborated on a number of tracks though, including the remix to Ab-Soul‘s “Black Lip Bastard.”


Herbert Stevens IV grew up in the suburbs of California with entrepreneurial parents. He was exposed to music at an early age because his parents owned a local record store. After releasing two mixtapes and his first independent album, Longterm Mentality, Ab-Soul released the straight-to-iTunes album Control System. From his current contributions, it’s clear that Ab-Soul isn’t longing for that radio play that his other cohorts may be seeking.  Ab-Soul suffers from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome which causes him to have sensitivity to light and is why you’ll frequently see him in sunglasses. Check his video for “Terrorist Threats” featuring Danny Brown‘s weird ass and the angelic Jhene Aiko.

Jay Rock

Jay Rock, born Johnny McKinzie, Jr. could be considered the rap vet out of the entire group. He’s already been signed and released an album before becoming affiliated with Top Dawg Entertainment. I’ve heard that he’s considered the most “classic” rapper of The Black Hippy collective. One of the more “street” members of the group, his upbringing in the projects and subsequent gang affiliation are common themes in his music. Listen to his first full length album, Follow Me Home, below.

ScHoolBoy Q

Before Quincy Hanely released the critically-acclaimed Habits & Contradictions, ScHoolBoy Q was a member of the Hoover Crips. He has cited Jay-Z as an influence on his rapping style and freequently collaborates with other member of the “new rap class” including Curren$y and A$AP Rocky. He has also received much praise for his lyrical ability and features. After catching a few video interviews with him, he seems like a pretty funny guy. Check out his “Back & Forth” with A$AP Rocky below.

Kendrick Lamar

What could be said about Kendrick that hasn’t been said already? Arguably, he is the most interesting of the clique. He received a cosign from Dr. Dre and is even reportedly working on the (mythical) Detox. After dropping Section.80 to much critical acclaim, Kendrick has seen his star rise far beyond his Compton roots. There are rumors of a joint album with J. Cole, his new album good kid. m A.A.D city is set to drop before the end of the year, and his single “Swimming Pools (Drank)” is becoming everyone’s favorite weekend anthem. The year of 2012 belongs to Kendrick Lamar. Check this video of Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q performing “H.O.C.” and discussing The Black Hippy Movement from 2011.

It will be interesting to see if the group lives up to the hype or if one star will overshadow the others. What do you think?


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Posted on August 27, 2012, in music, Music Videos, videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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