Rapper Schoolboy Q performs onstage at the Rolling Loud Festival at NOS Events Center on December 16, 2017 in San Bernardino, California.

Next year, we should finally hear a new project from Schoolboy Q. The TDE rapper, who is label mates with Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Ab Soul, hasn’t released a project since his LP, Blankface, back in 2016. The first few delays seemed to be for the 32-year-old to tweak and modify the project before the untimely passing of his close friend, Mac Miller, in September this year meant that the untitled album had to be delayed further.

Schoolboy was on the verge of superstardom back in 2014. His album, Oxymoron, was one of the best albums that dropped that year, which resulted in it being nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album. The album, that runs for nearly an hour, felt like the catalyst for a resurgence in gangsta rap and I’m still surprised it didn’t have a bigger impact.

Schoolboy Q performs during the 2017 Life is Beautiful Festival on September 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In places, it was inspired by an era of Hip Hop that has been and gone but was produced and executed in a way that made it feel authentic and new. It felt like Schoolboy had rebranded the aggressive but sometimes basic rap from the early 1990’s into something more digestible, more upbeat and complex to cater to rap purists.

I have no doubt that Schoolboy’s album will come out in 2019 – and in all honesty, it’s probably one of the albums I’m most excited to hear. His LA influenced gangsta rap has been missed by many – especially in a genre that’s being swamped by a new wave of mumble rappers. Despite all the setbacks and delays, I have no doubt that Schoolboy Q has put together another cohesive body of work that’ll be loved by the hip hop community and critics alike.