Black Hippy

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Black Hippy
Background information
Origin South Central, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Top Dawg
Associated acts

Black Hippy is an American hip hop super group from South Los Angeles, California, formed in 2009. The group is composed of West Coast rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.[1][2] Black Hippy was constructed after all of its members were signed to Carson-based independent record label, Top Dawg Entertainment.

Although they have yet to release a full-length project as a group, the members are frequent collaborators, regularly appearing and contributing to each other's respective solo projects, oftentimes not even crediting one another as a featured artist. Lamar had stated that the group will never face demise due to the solidification of each member's career, before they release their debut album as a whole.

Lamar was the first to release his major label debut, with his album good kid, m.A.A.d city. The album was highly acclaimed and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Schoolboy Q followed shortly after with the release of Oxymoron, which was released on February 2014 and was also met with critical and commercial success.


Formation and career beginnings (2009–11)[edit]

The group was formed in 2009, when all of its members were signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, a Carson-based independent record label.[1][2] The idea of forming a group came from Schoolboy Q, who in his words says because he was "slacking in my music": "I figured if I could be in a group I could just write one verse and I could be good", he added.[3] Schoolboy Q, the last of the four to join the label, admitted to initially being intimidated when he first started going to the studio, but eventually the tenacity of his collaborators rubbed off on him.[3] In 2011, Black Hippy received co-signs from West Coast hip hop legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, as well as Tech N9ne who called them "the new N.W.A.", and had hopes of signing the group to his Strange Music imprint.[4][5]

Solo albums (2012–present)[edit]

In March 2012, MTV announced that Top Dawg Entertainment closed a joint venture deal with Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment. Under the new deal, it was announced Lamar's debut studio album good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), would be jointly released via Aftermath, Top Dawg and Interscope, while releases from Schoolboy Q distributed via Top Dawg and Interscope.[6][7][8] On August 9, 2012 the music video for Ab-Soul's "Black Lip Bastard (Remix)", which features the rest of Black Hippy, was released.[9] In the summer of 2012, the group performed at the annual hip hop festival Rock the Bells.[10] In late 2012, the group collaborated once again to remix Lamar's singles "The Recipe" and "Swimming Pools (Drank)", which were included on his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. On December 20, 2012, the lineup for the 2013 Paid Dues hip hop festival was revealed, announcing Black Hippy as the headliners.[6]

In March 2013, Black Hippy became the first hip hop group to have all members make XXL's annual Top 10 Freshmen list; with Jay Rock appearing on the 2010 issue, Kendrick Lamar on the 2011 issue and Ab-Soul, alongside Schoolboy Q, appearing on the 2013 issue.[11][12][13] In April 2013, Black Hippy covered RESPECT. magazine, which hit newsstands on the 30th.[14] Also in April 2013, it was reported that Kendrick Lamar added dates to his good kid m.A.A.d city concert tour, revealing his upcoming US dates will feature all four members of the Black Hippy crew.[15] On May 23, 2013, in anticipation of their tour together, Black Hippy released a remix to Atlanta-based rapper Rocko's 2013 single "U.O.E.N.O.".[16][17]

Following the highly acclaimed TDE cypher at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, which featured them rapping alongside their label-mate Isaiah Rashad, the group appeared on the cover of the October/November issue of XXL.[18] In December 2013, Black Hippy performed at Power 106 and Footaction's 2013 Cali Christmas event.[19][20] During a February 2014 interview with Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith and Dave Free, it was revealed that there may be a debut effort from the Black Hippy collective (composed of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul) released during 2014.[21]

On March 16, 2015, Kendrick Lamar released his third studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly, to rave reviews from music critics.


Album appearances together
List of songs Black Hippy has collectively appeared on
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Try Me" 2008 Schoolboy Turned Hustla Schoolboy Q (also featuring Punch)
"Welcome to C4" 2009 C4 Kendrick Lamar (also featuring BO)
"Top Dawg Cypha" Gangsta & Soul Schoolboy Q (also featuring Lil Louie)
"TDE Roll Call" 30 Day Takeover Jay Rock
"I Do It 4 Hip Hop"
"Shadow of Death" 2010 Black Friday
"Rolling Stone" 2011 Setbacks Schoolboy Q
"Constipation" Longterm Mentality Ab-Soul
"Say Wassup" Follow Me Home Jay Rock
"Black Lip Bastard (Remix)" 2012 Control System Ab-Soul
"The Recipe (Remix)" good kid, m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar (also featuring Dr. Dre)
"Swimming Pools (Remix)" Kendrick Lamar


Music videos
List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Zip That, Chop That" 2010 Matt Plunkett & Joseph Donaldson[22]
"On Some Other Shit" Calmatic[23]
"Say Wassup" 2011 Fredo Tovar[24]
"Black Lip Bastard (Remix)" 2012 The ICU[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Insanu Ahmed (February 3, 2012). "Who Is Schoolboy Q? - His group, Black Hippy". Complex. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q form quasi-supergroup Black Hippy | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times. (2012-03-11)
  3. ^ a b Andrew Noz (2012-02-20). "Black Hippy: A View from the Center « The FADER". The Fader. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tech N9ne On Black Hippy: ‘That’s The New N.W.A. To Me’ [Video]". July 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Black Hippy: No Cosigns Necessary Accessed:11/03/12
  6. ^ a b Nadeska Alexis (March 8, 2012). "Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Ink Deals With Interscope And Aftermath". MTV. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy Sign To Aftermath & Interscope Accessed:11/03/12
  8. ^ [1] Accessed:11/03/12
  9. ^ "Ab-Soul – Black Lip Bastard (rmx) f. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock (Video)". 2DopeBoyz. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Black Hippy Perform "Black Lip Bastard (rmx)"Black Hippy Perform "Black Lip Bastard (rmx)" Live At Rock the Bells 2012 (Video)". 2DopeBoyz. August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "XXcLusive: XXL’s 10 Freshmen for ’10 Cover Revealed - XXL". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  12. ^ jesse (2011-02-22). "XXL Presents 2011′s Freshman Class - XXL". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  13. ^ Fletch (2013-03-27). "XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed - Page 2 of 2 - XXL". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  14. ^ Paine, Jake (April 18, 2013). "Black Hippy To Cover Next Issue Of RESPECT Magazine". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Expands Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Listen: Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock Remix Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul & Jay-Rock – "U.O.E.N.O. (Black Hippy Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock & Ab-Soul Are On New XXL Cover". 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  19. ^ "Black Hippy at Cali Christmas (Full Performance)". 2DOPEBOYZ. 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  20. ^ "Watch Cali Christmas 2013 w/ Black Hippy, J. Cole, Rick Ross & B.o.B". 2DOPEBOYZ. 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  21. ^ "Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  22. ^ "Black Hippy - Zip That Chop That". YouTube. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  23. ^ "Black Hippy - On Some Other Shit (prod by Dj Wes)". YouTube. 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  24. ^ "Jay Rock - Say Wassup ft , Ab-Soul , ScHoolBoy Q & Kendrick Lamar aka Black Hippy". YouTube. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  25. ^ "Rocksmith Presents Ab-Soul - Black Lip Bastard (Black Hippy Remix) (Official Video)". YouTube. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

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