Top Dawg Ent’s ScHoolboy Q released his debut album “Setbacks” on this day 10 years ago. Setbacks showcases westcoast bred emcee’s distinct style and focused flows which made him stand out in his own team . Back in 2012 talking to Complex magazine, Q said about the album
“The concept behind Setbacks was [to talk about] all the shit that’s the reason why I can’t rap. The reason I can’t accomplish what I want to accomplish is because I’m doing all this dumb shit. I put it all together on the album. Like, ‘Druggys Wit Hoes,’ I’m out here drugging and I’m not even trying to fuck with hoes. ‘Kamikaze,’ I’m not even trying to rap—keep going broke. Different shit like that, I sum it up all in one album. My life did a whole 180 after that dropped. A lot of people still didn’t know the name though, but a lot of people did. It was weird. It just took me to the right spot. I made some fucking money off the project, it helped me see that I needed to do more positive shit in life, and it made me into the person I am now. All I do now is just chill. I’d rather just chill, work on my music, be with my two-year-old daughter, and smoke weed and shit”
Listen to the full album below:
After the official release of the album, ScHoolboy Q released a free version of “Setbacks” which didn’t included the song “LigHt Years AHead ( Sky HigH)” and added new ones “Live Again” ft. Kendrick Lamar and “F*ck ya Hip-Hop” ft. DJ Pooh & Murs.