ScHoolboy Q says that he was not pleased with the cover of XXL’s October/November issue. A photo of Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock includes the language “Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy” on the XXL cover, which is below.
“That’s so disrespectful, so disrespectful,” ScHoolboy Q says during an interview with MTV. “We didn’t go into that shoot saying, ‘This is Kendrick with Black Hippy photo shoot for the cover.’ We went in there and said, ‘This is a Black Hippy shoot,’ so we expect a Black Hippy shoot.”
Nonetheless, ScHoolboy Q says that Kendrick Lamar is the most accomplished member of the quartet.
“At the end of the day and I always say this, too, Kendrick, he’s way ahead of us,” ScHoolboy Q says. “He’s a platinum artist. I haven’t dropped my album yet. [Jay] Rock’s working on his major-label album. Ab-Soul’s working on his major-label album. We still haven’t dropped our major-label albums, so honestly, at the same time, at the end of the day, I mean he is fucking Kendrick Lamar. Even though we’re not signed to Kendrick, but he has that impact.”
In the same interview, Jay Rock says that he wasn’t offended by the way Black Hippy was described on the XXL cover.
“I don’t never take that too offensive,” Jay Rock says, “because at the end of the day, whether it’s just Kendrick’s name… or if it was ‘ScHoolboy Q and Black Hippy,’ or ‘Ab-Soul Black Hippy,’ it’s us, still, because we’re all in this shit together.”
Last month, Ab-Soul tweeted that if publications continue printing "Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy," the Carson, California rapper will remove himself from the group.
If y'all keep printing "Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy" I will remove myself from the group. Thanks.
— ab-soul (@abdashsoul) October 16, 2013
During the MTV interview, ScHoolboy Q also says that part of being in a crew is being asked about the other members of your group.
“Big Sean, he gets in interviews, they’re gonna always ask him about Kanye,” ScHoolboy Q says. “J. Cole, they’re always gonna ask him about Jay Z. Slaughterhouse, they’re gonna always ask about Eminem…You just gotta fight your way up the ladder. Kanye, he stands alone now. I know they probably used to ask him all type of Jay Z questions…Now he’s put that work in, and he stands on his own, and he’s one of the biggest artists right now. Hopefully I can do that, too. It’s all about proving yourself at the end of the day.”