Listening to a stellar hip-hop album has inspired many rappers to try their hand at the craft, to find their own voice while embracing the influence of another. For 2021 XXL First-year student Blxst, one of these artists is School Q. When the rising West Coast rapper, who made a name for himself over the past year for his song performance, made his music debut years ago, Q’s 2011 album, Reverse, inspired Blxst to “create something from scratch”. The LP, which features tracks like “Birds & The Beez” assisted by Kendrick Lamar and “iBETiGOTSUMWEED”, is just one of Blxst’s five favorite hip-hop albums.
While Blxst’s No love lost EP, released last year, is heavy on melody, the choices he makes for projects that have impacted his life come from more rappers known for their bars and lyrical delivery. Staying close to home, considering Blxst is from South Central, Los Angeles, first on his list is Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, MAAd town. Blxst, who produced the remix of Hitta J3’s track “Do Yo Gudda” in 2014, in which K-Dot appeared, enjoys GKMC for how Kendrick opened a window to life in Compton. “This album, it really gave a different perspective on Compton,” Blxst shares. “Like he’s a good boy in a crazy city and no one really talks about him.”
Another well-respected MC is in Blxst’s top five. “I say the next album is J. Cole,  Forest hill road“He adds.” It was one of my favorite albums because I was in a dark space when he dropped that and I feel like he spoke to me personally. I know every word of this album. ”Cole’s world has helped Blxst see the light.
After naming ScHoolboy Q’s Reverse, an acclaimed rhymer from the streets of Queens receives a little love. “The next album I have to say is 50 cents, Get rich or die trying“Says Blxst.” It’s a classic. No jumps there. When he released that album, it changed the whole game. “A West Coast native who enjoys East Coast rhymes.
A special memory between mother and son is what helps cement the latest selection on Blxst’s list. “My last album I say College dropout, Kanye west“He said.” This album is special to me because it was like one of the albums my mom and I used to listen to together, and she doesn’t listen to too much hip-hop. So every time we listened to this album, it was like a little bond that we had. “Family first.
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