As I write about this, I remember that For the Streets 2 is only an EP. This is only an EP. It has six tracks on it that are all different in their own way. Q_Nyce of Abstract Campus did one hell of a job putting this together.
This EP has an underlying significance to it one way or another. For where he’s at in his career right now, Q has some damn good production value here. If you appreciate good beats and instrumentals, you’ll like this. Especially once you get to the final song–the beat is classic.
If you love thought provoking lyrical content, you’ll appreciate this EP. Q raps about everything from the struggles of black people, culture, his own struggles and more all the way to rapping about religion and peace of mind. Really, this EP seems to be one that Q just flexed his musical mind for the listener. Something that should be appreciated.
To truly appreciate it, you’d have to realize that after your listen. The lyricism in it can get a bit overwhelming, but when you place the pieces to the puzzle together you find yourself having an “ah-ha!” moment afterwards.
After listening, I came to two solid conclusions. The first conclusion is that the lyricism and the vocal content in the album are very good to say the least. Q’s delivery and flow in this are what really brings a listener in. Songs like “Under the Streetlights” embody this in the EP. In this song, Q pours his emotion out to the listener–especially in the second verse. He talks about the pain that he’s suffered throughout his life, working hard to become the best at what he does and where he goes for solace and peace.
This song is really about what hip-hop represents to him. The streetlights represent where Q’s mind is when he’s rapping. It seems as though these emotional highs can only be attained under the streetlights–his safe haven, if you will.
Songs like “Twenty4 acres”, “American Horror Story”, and “4 My Homies” represent how Q views our society and the things that are becoming norms for us. Twenty4 may be my personal favorite, because it puts an emphasis on how black society has regressed and puts a spotlight on the mentality that many blacks have today.
It doesn’t boost it up or support it, but rather breaks it down and shows how silly these things are. It shows how we’re a free society, but still, we remain enslaved by some of our own temptation and wants. It was a very clever song that really put an emphasis on people’s worth–no matter what ethnicity.
The intro song, “Nyce” was really just Q flexing his lyrical skill and giving you a taste of what was going to come on the tape. But the final song, “Dreamz” was a great way to finish the EP off. The Earth Wind and Fire “Can’t hide Love” sample was really smooth. Here, he flexed his lyrical and metaphorical skill more than anything else in this song.
The line that sticks out to me is “They say when you get here life be moving like so fast/ filled with a bunch of meeting with a pocket full of cash/from rich folks, that don’t understand your past/ but they say they like your drive man they tryna get you gassed/hoping they can get some hits up out you black ass.”
To me, that embodies the struggle of a rapper on the come up. You’re trying to get to the point that Q was talking about in this line, but once you get there, a lot of temptation on struggle awaits. Its up to that artist to keep composure and create the art that got them there in the first place.
Overall, this was a very good EP. The production was diverse–usually giving a hard, seemingly cold vibe to it. Then, in other circumstances like in “Dreamz”, beats were smooth. Q put everything on the table as far as lyrical content goes. There were metaphors, homonyms and even double entendres included.
The second conclusion is that this tape can be very polarizing to a listener. Its destined to be one of those “hate it or love it” pieces because of the direction that Q takes you into his life and his thoughts.
It would take a truly skilled listener to be able to not take the skills and emotion of this tape to heart and go at it with an open mind. You have to know how the other side feels and listen with an unbiased ear. That is something that a lot of people can struggle with because its human nature. But really, I think that’s what Q was aiming for.
Some people may disagree with some of the things that he says in the tape. Some may think that he’s very patronizing or condescending. Still, I’d say that this was a good taste of things to come from Q–whether you agree with his thoughts or not.
Songs like “Twenty4 Acres”, “American Horror Story”, and even “4 My Homiez” can carry the notion that Q looks down on a certain style of living. But I don’t take it as that when I listen to the tape. I think that he’s just trying to build up a culture that desperately needs that. He isn’t going to do it in a soft way–he’s going to go at it full force.
Honestly, all I can really ask for is more. I feel deprived of good music with the EP only being six tracks. But, again, like I said at the start, its only an EP.
Take a listen to the EP right here: Q_Nyce For the Streets 2