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Schoolboy Q channels Hunter S. Thompson in 'Hell of a Night' video

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Schoolboy Q Video

We’ve had so much fantastic music in 2014 that forgetting Schoolboy Q’s very good February release, Oxymoron, can be easy. With his fourth Oxymoron music video, this one for spaced-out jam “Hell Of A Night,” Q wants his music stuck in our collective heads once again.

The normal hip-hop video tropes are all there: Q does a lot of drugs, wanders through a lot of dimly lit halls, and watches a lot of barely clothed women dirty dance. But he also incorporates the emerging aesthetic that fellow L.A. rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt have recently championed. There’s a grittiness to “Hell Of A Night” that the video channels perfectly—is a “hell of a night” inherently a good thing? As he uncomfortably drifts through the video, Q conveys a disconcerting wooziness that recalls the drug binges in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, down to his briefcase full of drugs and Thompson-repping bucket hat.

Watch the video below.