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Blank Face is South Central hip-hop star ScHoolboy Q's follow-up to his 2014 major label debut, Oxymoron, after a pair of independent releases on Top Dawg Entertainment, including Habits & Contradictions (2012) and Setbacks (2011). The new album features guest appearances by Kanye West ("That Part"), Vince Staples ("Ride Out"), Jadakiss ("Groovy Tony/Eddie Kane"), E-40 ("Dope Dealer'), Tha Dogg Pound ("Big Body"), Anderson .Paak ("Blank Face"), Miguel and Justine Skye ("Overtime"), with production by Sounwave, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Southside and Cardo, along with Nez & Rio, DJ Dahi and members of TDE's Digi+Phonics team.
The critics have raved about the album, with Pitchfork's 8.3 review calling it "a collection of catchy, urgent gangsta rap songs that show the South Central native at his charismatic best, gallows humor and tough talk failing to obscure a humane core." The Vulture's Craig Jenkins called "Ride Out," Q's collaboration with Vince Staples, "five minutes of these two cripping out of control over TDE maestro Sounwave's evil-robot disaster-movie production certainly does the trick." Rolling Stone's 3.5-star review hailed the new collection as "trapped and haunted...his music is richer for its resistance to escapist fantasy."