Schoolboy Q

Oct. 27
7 p.m.

Los Angeles’ Schoolboy Q may be a gangster rapper in a few traditional ways. But ever since he broke through with 2012’s Habits & Contradictions, he’s challenged stereotypical notions of what “gangster rappers” do. He has hits — “Collard Greens,” “Man of the Year,” “Studio,” and “That Part” among them — but it’s the Black Hippy/TDE member’s albums that best showcase his knack for conceptual storytelling (particularly tales of L.A. gang culture) and adventurous beat selection (he’s rapped over everything from thick G-funk to space-trap). His latest, the dark and dense Blank Face LP, is widely being hailed as his best album yet, and it features some of the best collaborations of his career. There’s Kanye on second single “That Part,” Kendrick Lamar on the cinematic “By Any Means,” Vince Staples on the thunderous “Ride Out,” and E-40 on the hypnotic “Dope Dealer.” Brooklyn prodigy and boom-bap revivalist Joey Bada$$ opens. All ages.