Today: Bluesfest is here! ScHoolboy Q & The Flava Factory kick things off for hip-hop
Ottawa, ON – After another successful festival in 2015, one that brought more than 300,000 fans through their gates, RBC Bluesfest has returned with what they hope is their best line-up to date.
Los Angeles rapper ScHoolboy Q will kick-off the hip-hop aspect of the festival, hitting the Claridge Homes Stage tonight between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Warming things up for Q is Ottawa’s own The Flava Factory dance studio, dedicated to teaching and promoting the dance styles like popping, breaking, house, locking, hip-hop (whatever that means), vogue, waacking, and dancehall. Q is only in town for tonight, but you can catch The Flava Factory on several other dates throughout the festival including July 8, July 9, July 16 and July 17.
The opening act was originally scheduled to be Freddie Gibbs, but the 34-year-old MC had to cancel the gig after it came to light that he was accused of sexual assault in Austria and fighting extradition to that country from France, where he was arrested but released on bail.
You can find their full schedule, and the rest of the Bluesfest details, on the official RBC Bluesfest website: OttawaBluesfest.ca.
About ScHoolboy Q
Although SCHOOLBOY Q has only been rapping since 2007, his bluntly charismatic presence on wax should have already put him on your radar as one of rap’s emerging voices. If not, once his new project ‘Habits & Contradictions’ (#HnC) makes its way into your rotation, he’s sure to be a fixture.
Q spent the first three years of his life in Texas before his family eventually settled in Los Angeles. Like so many before him, Q’s L.A. experience provided a life-shaping balance of sports, school, drugs and gangs. “I got the bad, the good, and the real bad,” says Q who earned his name from being known for going to the best schools, but also being heavy in the streets. “I learned what to do, and how to get into trouble. A lot of the stuff I did, I regret. But it all made me who I am. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself until 2007,” he admits now. “That’s when I first really started rapping. Noting The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and 50 Cent as his biggest influences, the California lifestyle can easily be heard in his voice, slang and content. His ability to mesh the two allows a delivery that makes him standout on every track he hops on. “I just feel like I need to give people me, I can’t be out there faking it,” says Q about ‘Habits & Contradictions’. “I’m a happy energetic dude, but I want people to know me — my ups as well as my downs.” If the hits on #HnC are any indication, SCHOOLBOY Q will surely grow his share of supporters. Join that ever-growing group of supporters at this year’s RBC Bluesfest!
ScHoolboy Q | Photo: Jamie Sands (HipHopCanada)
— HipHopCanada (@HipHopCanada) July 7, 2016
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