Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope
Back in May, when Mac Miller, ScHoolboy Q, and Action Bronson had their epic Vine war, Action played the trump card when he made a clip pretending to be Q chanting to himself in the mirror, “Gotta be better than Kendrick. Gotta be better than Kendrick...” Now, 2012's Habits & Contradictions is a great favorite here at Complex offices. But is it possible that Top Dawg Entertainment's second fiddle actually best the classic good kid, m.A.A.d city?
We don't know. It kinda feels like ScHoolboy's career hasn’t taken off as well as it should have. He’s put out some great material over the past year, like “Yay Yay” and “Man of The Year,” but his only charting single has been the Kendrick-assisted “Collard Greens”—and that only made it to No. 92 on Billboard's Hot 100. (For what it’s worth, it does have over 10 million YouTube views.) But consider this: Kendrick’s highest-charting single before good kid was the Dr. Dre assisted “The Recipe,” and that only reached No. 103. "Swimming Pools (Drank)" didn’t become a Top 40 hit until after its album was released to so much acclaim. So we're thinking, as we await the long-gestating Oxymoron, that the same thing might happen for ScHoolboy. —Insanul Ahmed