Having released the hugely acclaimed Blank Face last week, Top Dawg superstar ScHoolboy Q has today released the third short film in his Blank Face trilogy, Black THougHts following By Any Means and Tookie Knows II to bring the narrative full circle.
The latest video in the series brings the protagonists from the first two videos, in trouble with the law after a pawn shop robbery and finding themselves facing a judge, Q envisions the scenario playing out two different ways: going to prison or being released and being able to see his daughter again. The only catch is that in order to have his sentence reduced, he’ll have to snitch on one of his friends involved.
Directed by Jack Begert and Dave Free of The Little Homies, it’s utterly bleak and heartbreaking in parts, the icy production and Q’s blunt flow lending itself to the atmosphere perfectly. You can watch it below:
The focus on family in this last video mirrors the concerns Q voiced in his latest interview with Rolling Stone, where he described the internal struggle he faced having to be apart from his daughter so much, whose presence has been intertwined throughout his music and art since he first broke it big, while trying to push his rap career to new heights.
With Blank Face already well on the way to being one of the albums of the year, this latest video is just another example of ScHoolboy Q at the top of his game.