Schoolboy Q had a rough night in Denver on Thursday. Early into his sold out show at the Ogden Theatre, someone threw an object at the rapper and hit him in the chest. Without warning he hopped off stage (still holding the microphone) and went to confront the culprit. Security scrambled to separate Schoolboy Q and the alleged thrower. After the tussle was broken up, Schoolboy called the individual a few choice names and said “whoever threw that, I hope your mother dies tonight.” His sentiment was met with boos, which prompted him to repeat himself as he continued with the set. The whole interaction was filmed by a Denver concertgoer, which you can watch above.
Before the incident, a sluggish Schoolboy Q took the stage in a white t-shirt and signature bucket hat. The set started out slow as the crowd waited for material from his newest release “Oxymoron.” The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper was just starting to warm up during “What You Want” when the confrontation took place. And once he got back to performing, the entire ordeal had already ruined what could have been an excellent performance of “Break the Bank” and “Gangsta.” As he struggled through his set, the audience’s energy was low — clearly rattled from the fight. The rapper even threatened to go back to his bus if the mood didn’t pick up.
He continued on through “Hell of a Night,” a snippet of “Studio,” the always epic “Collard Greens,” and strangely, the entire first verse of Kendrick Lamar’s “M.A.A.D City.” By this time the crowd was back with him and he sailed through “Man of the Year” with gusto.
After exiting the stage Schoolboy Q returned for an encore of “Prescription/Oxymoron,” but it was clear he preferred water and likely the solitude of his tour companions. He bid Denver the most curt adieu and vanished back stage.
See photos of Schoolboy Q at SXSW 2014 below:
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.