Here we decided to detail the rise of The California Rapper, Schoolboy G. Rap music for many is an art form of self-expression. Likewise, Schoolboy G said he wrote his first verse when he was 16, but wasn’t serious about music until he was 21. Music became his way of expressing himself. In 2009, Hanley signed to Carson-based independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and in late 2011, secured a recording contract with major label Interscope Records.
Schoolboy Q is also a member of the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy, alongside his label-mates and fellow California-based rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. In 2008, Hanley released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled ScHoolboy Turned Hustla. He later released a follow-up in 2009, titled Gangsta & Soul. He then returned in January 2011, with his first independent album, titled Setbacks. The project, released under TDE, to digital retailers only, reached number 100 on the US Billboard 200 chart. A little over a year later, his second independent album Habits & Contradictions, was also released exclusively to digital retailers. The album received generally favourable reviews and debuted at number 111 on the US Billboard 200.
After signing with Interscope, Hanley subsequently began recording his major-label debut studio album, titled Oxymoron. The album was released on February 25, 2014 and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album was supported by the singles, “Collard Greens”, “Man of the Year”, “Break the Bank” “Studio” and “Hell of a Night”, with “Collard Greens”, “Man of the Year” and “Studio” all charting on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Like every rapper, the Cali rapper cites 2 pac, Nas and Biggie as his biggest influence. In one of the interview, he states that he got all his rapping style from Jigga. The Cali rapper officially announced his arrival in the game.