TDE & Billboard: The Tale of Top Dawg: Inside the Hip Hop hit factory that has Kendrick Lamar, a soon-to-be No. 1 album from ScHoolboy Q and the attention of Jimmy Iovine.

Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q share the cover of the new issue of Billboard.

According to Billboard, “Oxymoron” will no doubt be compared to “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” the debut album of Kendrick Lamar and arguably the best rap album of the past half-decade. To say that ScHoolboy Q’s major-label debut is “less consistent” than “good kid, m.A.A.d city” is something of a misnomer, because, while Lamar dazzles with precise storytelling, Q conjures attention with brusque physicality. Both MCs are aiming for different marks, and although Q’s style is too unkempt to produce an album full of clean shots, his misses on “Oxymoron” are often just as compelling.

ScHoolboy Q is also heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. His major label debut album, “Oxymoron,” could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 2.

Kendrick Lamar surprised everyone when he called to congratulate Schoolboy Q during the Q’s interview with Power 106.

“We don’t get too many albums out on this side of town, so when you got a crazy album like Q and the fact that it’s from over here. You gotta respect it from everywhere. Thinking back to when we were all in the studio, planning these strategies out, starving together and really waiting for the day to come, for my album to drop, for his album to drop. Now it came and it’s like n****s really, really put in the work and dedication, so I’m proud from the jump. When I first met Q, he wasn’t rappin’. He was on some other stuff,” he said.

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