Before good kid, m.A.A.d city dropped and proved Kendrick Lamar is the best working rapper, fellow Black Hippy member Schoolboy Q showed he wasn't to be slept on. Another one of Top Dawg Entertainment's best rappers turns 29 years old today (Oct. 26).

Schoolboy Q, born Quincey Matthew Hanley, was a football player and crippin' before he got started getting serious about rapping. He caught a home invasion felony charge when he was 21, the same age he started dedicating himself to the craft.

It's a pretty late age, but it turned out Schoolboy Q was a bit of a natural. After dropping a series of mixtapes and debuting with the slept-on Setbacks, Schoolboy Q officially arrived with 2012's Habits & Contradictions. He was versatile, teaming up with A$AP Rocky for the raucous "Hands on the Wheel" and getting introspective on the heartbreaking "Blessed" with Kendrick Lamar. His idiosyncratic style made him stand out, but it rarely clouded his lyrical substance.

Schoolboy Q's additions to Lamar's "YAWK," along with Jay Rock's "Money Trees" verse, definitely gave GKMC some color when it arrived in 2012. Since then, Schoolboy Q has had some career highs ("Studio" became his first legitimate hit) and some lows (his awful, "Lie on the couch while I drool on your boobs," verse on the "Latch" remix). But even though he's kept it pretty lowkey a year after Oxymoron dropped, the rap heads are still hungry for his new music.

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