Quincy Matthew Hanley, also known as Schoolboy Q is an American rapper and textwriter with roots coming from Los Angeles in California.
He was born on October 26, 1986 in Wiesbaden in Germany where his parents lived at that time due to his fathers job as a member of American Army.
His parents had many differences and couldn’t get along living together so they divorced when his mother was pregnant with him. This left an impact on his life later on because media claims he has trouble connecting and bonding with other males because of his lack of trust.
His father stated at his post in Germany but the mother took Hanley back to Texas where they lived for a couple of years.
A few years later they relocated to California, to L.A., where he grew up.
He was a pupil at John Muir Middle School in San Jose.
From his early years he played American football, all though high school to college. His highschool was Crenshaw High School, and after his graduation he went on to several college’s; L.A. City College, Glendale Community College, L.A. Southwest College and even West Los Angeles College.
At this last college he played American football for their team called West Los Angeles Oilers.
Since he was raised in Los Angeles, in Hoover Street to be exact, he joined a gang called “52 Hoover Crips”that led him to become a drug dealer, selling big amounts of Oxycontin, crack and even marijuana. This led to him being arrested a few times and he claims that he isn’t very proud of himself for being a part of such a bad group of people.
Hanley participated in a home invasion with other members of his gang in 2007, after what he was arrested and sent to prison for 3 months and in house arrest also 3 months.
At the age of 16, he began to show interest in music and lyrics. But at that time he was a serious gang member and wasn’t focusing on that part of his interests.
His mother always encouraged him to find beauty of life in the things he loved and she hoped that he will get into music so he would stop hanging out with his band and become a child that she loved again.
When he turned 21 he discovered that music helps him to express his thoughts and beliefs and made him feel happier.
He had to make a big decision. He either had to leave the gang and start to make music or he had to stay in the gang and give up on lyrics. However, the plan wasn’t that simple. If he decided to leave his gang, he could’ve end up getting beaten up or even perhaps killed.
He however decided tp take the risk and ended up running away from the criminal activities that have surrounded him for most of his early life.
He became very good in rapping so he was invited to do some recordings in “House of Pain” studio owned by Top Dawg Entertainment in Carson. There he collaborated with Jay Rock (also an ex gang member) and Ab-Soul (a hip hop artist from Carson).
The three of them ultimately formed a hip hop supergroup named “Black Hippy”, and the fourth member Kendrick Lamar joined them quickly. He signed a contract with this independent record label and released his first mixtape in 2008, under the name “Schoolboy Turned Hustla”. In 2009, TDE convinced him to join the Black Hippy Group. The same year, he released a music track in which he dissed a known West Coast hip-hoper called “40 Glocc”.
His second mixtape, going by the name “gangsta & soul” in spring 2009 and the above mentioned diss track found it’s place there too. The album gained a lot of attention mostly because of the controversy that ended up in a fight between the artists.
“Setbacks” is his first album which got a lot of attention and came into one of the hundred albums on US Billboard Chart. After only two weeks, he released it for free. During this period he was no longer a member of his gang and was not interested in gangbanging.
His first album and it’s success gave him a lot of internet attention and a lot of followers on social media.
Schoolboy was arrested in 2011 during the Southwest festival because he was caught with marijuana on him.
In 2012 he released “Habits and Contradictions” on iTunes. Whithin a few hours, the album got into Top 10 iTunes Albums chart.
Hanley’s indenpendent career ended when his independent label Rop Dawg signed a deal with two other labels: Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.
In 2012, he toured with rappers such as Kendrick Lamar (from the Black Hippy) and Wiz Kalifa, while they were all on tour named “Under The Influence”. This helped him a lot to get recognized.
The next year he performed at BET Music Festival and BET Awards.
In 2013 he was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performed one of his songs from his debut album called “The Heist”.
He also sang at BET Hip Hop Awards the same year. In 2014, Schoolboy Q was one of the nominees for Album of the Year on 2014 Grammy Awards.
In the summer 2016 he released his second album called “Blank Face LP” with appearances from Jadakiss, Kanye West and many more.
He isn’t married, but he did have girlfriends before. He says that he doesn’t see himself in the role of being someone’s husband.
He has a daughter Joyce (nickname Joy) who was born in 2010 and who he adores. He often mentions her in his songs and he says that he would give up anything in the world to keep her safe and out of the eye of the media.
He does try to keep his life a secret because of the safety of his daughter and he doesn’t want anybody to know where they live or what they are doing.
Full name: Quincy Matthew Hanley
Nick name: Schoolboy Q
Date of birth: October 26, 1986
Birth place: Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
Occupation: hip hop artist
Education: John Muir Middle School, Crenshaw High School, Glendale Community College, Los Angeles City College
Personal Life and Family
Ethnicity: African American
Religion: not religious
Father name: NA
Mother name: NA
Brother name: NA
Sister name: NA
Marital status: single
Sexual Orientation: straight
Children: daughter (Joyce)
Pet own: /
Personal Look and Measurements
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye color: dark brown
Shoe Size: NA
Measurements: 44 – 16 – 38 in
Distinctive Features: tattoos
Net Worth and Salary
Net worth: $2,5 million
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/groovyq/ (@groovyq)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/schoolboyq (@ScHoolboyQ)
Interesting Facts about Schoolboy Q
Joy appeared on the covers of his album “Oxymoron”.
He stated a few times that his biggest influence and the reason why he started rapping was Nas, a rapper from Queens.
He got his nickname Schoolboy because he wore glasses. He says that he was even teased about it sometimes, but it became one of his biggest strenghts because he realized that he isn’t actually anything he was named to be by his bullies.
His third album, “Oxymoron”, was produced in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Mike Will Made It. During his school football career he played as a wide receiver, cornerback and a halfback.
Schoolboy said that his collab with Pharrell was one of the best ones he made because Pharrel is a great guy and he says that he should be much more popular than he really is and gain more popularity because he also produces songs.
His song “Man of the year” became a soundtrack for a popular video game called NBA Live. This gained him a lot of popularity because people searched his name on the internet when they liked the song so they found other music of his.
His song from “Blank Face LP” called “That Part” made in collaboration with Kanye West, became nominated for a grammy award in the segment of Best Rap Performance.
He bought a $3 million worth home in Calabasas in California all for his babygirl that he wants to be safe. He didn’t reveal the location nor does anyone know where he lives exactly.
All of his albums were nominated for Album of the Year on BET Hip Hop Awards and he says that he will win more awards in the future and he knows it.
Schoolboy Q is a musician who became famous after collaborating with other famous hip hop artist. He has a daughter that means a lot to him and he tries to get out of controversy to keep her safe.
His estimated net worth is $2,5 million.