ScHoolboy Q was raised in Los Angeles and was influenced by Snoop Dogg, but he says that his favorite rappers reside elsewhere.
“I was inspired by a lot of East Coast rappers, from Mobb Deep, Biggie, even 50 Cent,” the Black Hippy member says during an interview with BRealTV. “Nas is my favorite rapper. I also think Jay Z is the best rapper to ever rap, just because he’s at his age and what he’s doing and he still is relevant. He’s been doing it for years and [he’s] consistent. You like his album or not. The people liked it. I didn’t like everything Jay Z did. The majority of the people liked it, so that’s consistency.”
ScHoolboy Q then says to B Real, who conducted the interview and who is also a member of Los Angeles rap group Cypress Hill, that he’s sure people would be surprised by his list of influences.
“Everybody just expect me to say ‘Pac, Dogg Pound, everybody else,” ScHoolboy Q says. “Cypress. It’s nothing against nobody from the Coast. I was just in the car as a kid coming up in the car with somebody who listened to East Coast music. My older cousin, all he would listen to was like East Coast stuff, like Nas and all them, so I had to get into that. I got into that first before I actually got into the other stuff.
“They told me like you used to get away with samples,” he says. “Put the sample out and people could get away with it.”