Kendrick Lamar had questions. ScHoolboy Q paid attention.
That’s how it went down when Black Hippy met Eminem in Detroit last month. “I sat in there and I didn’t say nothing,” ScHoolboy Q says in an interview with MTV News. “I soaked up game. I didn’t want to say too much. This is my first time meeting him. That’s Eminem. That’s not like any rapper. When you think of Em, you think of Jay[-Z], you think of the Kanye [Wests], legendary people. I can’t go in there running my mouth or trying to act like I know everything, that’s a dude that done been from nothing to something. I sat there and I just soaked up game. I didn’t really say too much. I was just listening, really.”
Kendrick Lamar says that Eminem told ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and him to, “Always stay focused on the craft and not indulge in all the other crazy stuff that comes around.”
Given that Black Hippy looks up to Eminem, they decided before meeting the Detroit rapper that they would just go to get to know Slim Shady, not to try to work with him. “We wasn’t trying to go in there all, ‘Oh let me get a verse. Play this. Listen to this,'” ScHoolboy Q says during the interview. “We hate when people do that to us, so we actually wanted to go in there and be cool and feel him out and see what’s going on before anybody asked for a verse.”
The unplanned meeting, which took place at a Detroit area studio and also included Mr. Porter and Royce Da 5’9, ended up having a relaxed vibe. “We just sat there,” ScHoolboy Q says. “We chilled. We talked. We expressed what we liked about each other’s music. We talked about Slaughterhouse. We talked about his artists. We talked about us individually. He’s just a good dude.”
Eventually, ScHoolboy Q says he imagines someone in TDE will ask Eminem to record with them. “I’m pretty sure one of the homeys gonna ask for a verse,” he says.