SCHOOLBOY Q BIO
Quincey Matthew Hanley (born October 26, 1986), better known by his stage name, Schoolboy Q (often stylized ScHoolboy Q), is an American hip-hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Hanley signed to Carson-based independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and in late 2011, secured a recording contract with major label Interscope Records. Hanley is also a member of hip-hop group Black Hippy, along with label-mates and fellow West Coast rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.
Born in Germany to a pair of military parents, Q spent the first three years of his life in Texas before his family eventually settled in Los Angeles. Like so many before him, Q’s L.A. experience provided a life shaping balance of sports, school, drugs and gangs.
“I got the bad, the good, and the real bad,” says Q who earned his name from being known for going to best schools, but also being heavy in the streets. “I learned what to do, and how to get into trouble. A lot of the stuff I did, I regret. Shit I hate talking about now because I’m over it. Stuff I regret. But it all made me who I am.”
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself until 2007,” he admits now. “That’s when I first really started rapping. I thought my shit was tight, but it really wasn’t. But I found out that I had a passion for it that I didn’t know I had.”
In 2008, Hanley released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled ScHoolboy Turned Hustla. He then released a second mixtape in 2009, titled Gangsta & Soul. He then followed up with his first independent album, entitled Setbacks, released in January 2011. The project, released under TDE to digital retailers only, reached number 100 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling close to 1,000 digital copies in its first week released. A little over a year later, his second independent album Habits & Contradictions, was also released exclusively to digital retailers. The album received generally favorable reviews and debuted at number 111 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 3,900 digital copies in the United States.In June 2012, Hanley revealed he had begun working on his major label debut, and announced he will be the second member of Black Hippy to release his commercial debut with Interscope, following Kendrick Lamar, titled Oxymoron. Oxymoron is the third studio album by Q and was released on February 25, 2014, by Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records. Oxymoron was Q’s first album released under a major record label to music retailers, whereas his first two albums were released independently to digital retailers only.