Schoolboy Q

Remember when Kendrick Lamar played the Glass House? And Kanye played the Galaxy? Maybe you should make it a point to go see Top Dawg/Black Hippy’s Schoolboy Q—with ferocious Long Beach local Vince Staples, who just released his Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 mixtape—at the Observatory while you still got the chance. Q’s just-released Oxymoron is an intense and energetic listen, a gritty gangsta rap album powered by Q’s charisma and snarling stories of LA life. And despite, or quite possibly because of (it’s 2014, after all), an early online leak, his first-ever major label album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200. Time will tell if it turns out to be a classic, but it’s already a ripper.

Tue., April 1, 8 p.m.; Wed., April 2, 8 p.m., 2014

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