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Review: Notes From The Audience At ScHoolboy Q's NYC Concert

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A ScHoolboy Q concert is no place to mellow out. Black Hippy fans always bring great energy, but ScHoolboy shows have a unique sense of excitement. They’re wild, rowdy, robust.

Wednesday (June 25) turned into a hell of a night in New York, when Q walked on stage at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield to roars from the crowd. Following an impressive lineup of openers that included Domo Genesis, Blackout Boyz and Tinashe, ScHoolboy took the mic and said that despite the shooting at his previous performance in Denver, he ain’t worried ’bout nothin’.

“I know y’all heard about the incident and shit,” Q tells the people, referring to speculation that the TDE rapper was a target. “Niggas thought I was gonna curl up in the corner and not perform, but I’m out here.”

VIBE was on hand for the festivities, too. Here are four observations we jotted down from within the mob of a few thousand ScHoolboy zealots.

Q HAS STARTED A BUCKET HAT WAVE: ScHoolboy Q fans poured into the outdoor venue with an assortment of bucket hats capping their crowns. A variety of colorful designs covered ceasar fades and long tresses, from Stussy black-snakeskin-and-floral patterns to malt-liquor-and-beer-bottle arrangements.

“I have my bucket in my bag but it’s too hot for that shit right now,” boasted one petite concertgoer with a shirt that read “GANGSTA” across her chest.

RAIN WON'T RUN THEM AWAY: As opener and fellow West Coast rep Domo Genesis performed, the rain crept up on the crowd and began a steady downpour. But many proved that they could stand the rain and continued to wait for the main attraction. Very few umbrellas went up—the rain gave temporary respite from the heat and kush aroma that filled the air.

“That shit feels so good right now,” said one man as he lifted his head towards the sky to feel the drops.

Q's FANS LOVE HIS "RAPPER HOMIES": During his performance, Q brought out many of his rapper homies (as he calls them), including A$AP Rocky and TDE comrade Ab-Soul, who brought out Action Bronson while performing “Stigmata” off his new LP These Days….

As each wordsmith appeared, the whole crowd inched towards the staged, knocking many people in different directions and swallowing the height-challenged among us.

‘This shit is crazy!” said one woman, standing about 5’4” and tangled between two overly excited men closer to six-feet tall. “Chill the fuck out!” barked one annoyed woman, fighting the force of the overly excited fans.

FANS WANT HIS BUCKET HAT BAD: Q followed the turn-up anthem “Man of the Year” by going airborne for a ritual crowd surf. As he was carried across, an overzealous fan tried to snatch his sacred bucket from atop his head. After security tussled with those who weren’t ready to let go, Q ended the show with “Don’t you ever grab my motherfucking hat.” And the crowd went wild.​ —Tanay Hudson

Photo credit: Mikey Fresh for missinfo.tv

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