ScHoolboy Q is in the midst of a cross-country press run for Blank Face, somehow managing to produce quotable moments wherever he appears. His latest visit to The Breakfast Club was no different. Q’s earnest conversation with Charlemagne, Angela, and Envy varied widely, what with him touching on everything from his status as a fashion icon for his fans to the troubles of raising a daughter when label pressures abound. Per usual, Q didn’t fail to entertain.
Head below to read through some noteworthy remarks. You can watch the interview in its entirety above.
The end of the bucket hat era:
“[Fans] already took the bucket hats from me, everybody wearing the bucket. I was like bruh. I had to put that away. It got a little too weird, everywhere I go everybody knew it was me off the rip. Oh, that’s ScHoolboy Q. I took the bucket hat off and people don’t even bother me anymore.”
ScHoolboy actually likes that Miguel feature:
“I didn’t like it at first. What I said at the listening party sounded—I had to say stuff so brief, so I wasn’t trying to talk as much… it came out wrong. But I didn’t like the song until Justine and Miguel got on. I’m the one who asked for them. I was singing the hook [before that]. I’m the one who said, ‘Get me Miguel, at least. Get me’—what it is, these bunk-ass websites, they put [this news] out. They ain’t even put Justine’s name. They were saying ‘ScHoolboy Q hates the song with Miguel.’ I never mentioned Miguel! But also, I had to say it brief, so I understand why they’d put it like that, but, you could tell they were looking for [a headline]. We hollered at each other. I was wrong in that situation… I would have slapped the shit out of someone if they said that about me.”
The pressures of music:
“I’m missing out on my family. My daughter broke her arm, and she’s got somebody else taking her to the hospital, sitting in the hospital with her. I’m supposed to be there”
“Do this, do that, do this. I get asked the same questions over and over again. It’s like, ‘Howww am I going to re-answer this question?’ I’m figuring out a way to flip the same answer.”
That “All Lives Matter” line on “Black THougHts”:
“Oh no. See, people got that and they mixed it up. First off, the song is called ‘Black Thoughts.’ Black. Thoughts. Two, the whole song is about Crips and Bloods. Three, after I say ‘all lives matter,’ I said, ‘both sides.’ So what does that give you, what does that bring to you, what am I talking about? [Bloods and Crips.] I’m still talking about black lives. I flipped the whole little ignorant saying All Lives Matter into making it still black lives. People aren’t dissecting the lyrics.”
His disappointment with contemporary hip-hop:
“I just see what everyone’s doing. Everybody’s trying to make older music. ‘Oh, I’m tryna sound like this dude. I’m tryna sound like that dude.’ They’re doing the same thing. Autotune, eh. Don’t get me wrong, there are people that’s dope. But It’s so much wack shit out there. No content, no nothing. And then it makes the listener lazy. Like everywhere you go nowadays, everybody asks you, ‘So what’s your album mean?” before it even drops. Everybody’s been asking me what Blank Face means, I’m like, ‘It’s only been out a week, you figure it out first. Listen to it’ I think that’s why music is so much like fast food. You know everything about this album before you even hear it.”