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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Los Angeles rapper features guest appearances from Anderson .Paak, E-40, Jadakiss, Miguel, Candice Pillay, Lance Skiiiwalker, Vince Staples, SZA, Tha Dogg Pound, TF and Kanye West.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 91
    It’s hard and sinister like a gangster rap album, but it’s also sprawling and even psychedelic at times. Nothing else sounds like it, and that’s a joy to behold.
  2. Jul 14, 2016
    83
    Blank Face turns away from the ambitious fusion of To Pimp a Butterfly, instead doubling down on a smoked-out atmosphere that points the listener’s focus toward rapping. That puts the onus on Q to hold attention for the duration of the record’s hour-plus running time, and he does so.
  3. Jul 11, 2016
    80
    Pulling no punches: Blank Face is the second best hip-hop album of 2016 so far, after The Life of Pablo.
  4. Jul 18, 2016
    80
    Blank Face LP isn’t Schoolboy Q’s first great album, but it’s the first one where he lives up to his utmost potential.
  5. Aug 10, 2016
    80
    Blank Face is occasionally too indulgent for his own good, as he also follows trap and net-soul trends in awkward fashion, but the amount of genuine, larger-than-life parables continue to expose an artist who still wrestles with his hard-knock past.
  6. Aug 16, 2016
    75
    Influenced by many but perhaps literally fathered by none, ScHoolboy Q remains an intriguing enigma whose ambitions presently know less limits than Percy Miller.
  7. Jul 11, 2016
    40
    Blank Face LP is ultimately an unfocused album, one caught between reportage and repugnant opportunism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 11, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Blank face LP has an underline concept. Money and what people would do for money. On his second major label LP, schoolboy q recounts tales of poverty, desperation and gangbanging to survive. He maneuvers through gritty yet colorful production with ease and bars as hard as brick. They compel the listener to understand his POV at their own risk. The album has character development during its 70 something hours. ScHoolboy Q autobiographically raps about changing his life after a jail bid. Finding another way to support himself without going down the same road. This acts as a cautionary tale and a tale of redemption. Out of the TDE camp, this will go down as one of the more creatively ambitious projects and one that deserves acclaim and recognition Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2016
    10
    My favorite album this year so far, Schoolboy gives us his greatest LP to date which is saying a lot since Oxymoron was exceptional. ThisMy favorite album this year so far, Schoolboy gives us his greatest LP to date which is saying a lot since Oxymoron was exceptional. This album is filled with great bangers from start to finish like Tookie knows II, John Muir, Lord have mercy and many more. Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2016
    10
    No disappointments to be found here . ScHoolboy Q keeps to his style and executes it perfectly . The production is great . I have nothingNo disappointments to be found here . ScHoolboy Q keeps to his style and executes it perfectly . The production is great . I have nothing negative to say about this . Expand
  4. Jul 17, 2016
    9
    Schoolboy Q music has definitely been improving since his Setback mixtape days. The album's is full of a variety of musical genres, but stillSchoolboy Q music has definitely been improving since his Setback mixtape days. The album's is full of a variety of musical genres, but still remains a solid Hip/Hop album. If you think this album isn't cohesive, Kno Ya Wrong ooh Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2016
    9
    Very solid album. Has a couple weak spots but overall is very strong lyrically and production-wise. There are many solid features as well, myVery solid album. Has a couple weak spots but overall is very strong lyrically and production-wise. There are many solid features as well, my favorites being Jadakiss and Vince Staples. Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2016
    8
    At first listen, this is VERY west coast and very Q. A bit predictable and even rehashed from previous albums. But, with a 2nd listening, youAt first listen, this is VERY west coast and very Q. A bit predictable and even rehashed from previous albums. But, with a 2nd listening, you can hear Q's growth from the same he is known for and moving in other directions including almost spoken word towards the end of the album and some politcal rantings as well. Of course, fans can expect the same topics of weed, women and whimsical violence - all common in hip hop these days. TDE did it right by giving him his own platform and release time to debut this disc. Although not a classic, much closer than his previous releases. Expand
  7. Jul 11, 2016
    5
    I'm sure not many people are going to find this review helpful, but I have no drive to ever revisit this album. This is no dynamic contrast inI'm sure not many people are going to find this review helpful, but I have no drive to ever revisit this album. This is no dynamic contrast in the album that holds my interest. Part of what makes this genre so fantastic is its huge scale of dynamic and emotional ability, and Blank Face LP took little-to-no advantage of that. It wasn't bad by any means, but it was just incredibly unremarkable. There doesn't seem to be a point to any of it, to the production, to the lyricism, nothing. Expand

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