ScHoolboy Q Says Kendrick Lamar's Grammy Nominations Were Well Deserved

In an interview with Fuse, the artist calls the nominations "outstanding."

With ScHoolboy Q’s major label debut scheduled for release near the end of this month, the rapper recently spoke with Fuse about the album, Kendrick Lamar’s recent Grammy nominations, and his mother's reactions to his music.

When congratulated on the preorder performance of his yet-to-be-released album on iTunes, Q described the length of time it took to realize the milestone. “Two years,” he said. “And like it wasn’t no label problems, it was actually me. To see that they still with me and make it jump to number one,” he said of the album’s spike on iTunes, “it’s crazy, you know what I mean. Everybody was about me, I let them into my personal life. They know who my daughter is.” The album's deluxe version is currently listed as the fifth most popular album within iTunes' Hip Hop/Rap section, directly behind Childish Gambino at #4, but ahead of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' recent Grammy award winning album The Heist

The TDE emcee went on to credit raising his daughter as the inspiration behind the title and central theme to the upcoming release. “The album is basically, all the wrong I’m doing, that’s the oxymoron in it, [is] to do good for her,” he said. “Whether I’m stealing, selling drugs, beating somebody up, whatever it is I’m doing bad, is all for a good cause, for my daughter Joy. That’s the oxymoron in the album.”

In his interview with Fuse, Q also reacted to Lamar’s recent Grammy nominations. “It’s outstanding,” he said. “They’re well-deserved, I ain’t shocked.”

Later in the interview, Q reflected on the progression he’s made from his early role as a hypeman for his labelmate Kendrick Lamar. “$200 a show dog. And that’s crazy to what I’m making now,” he said. In late 2011, speaking to BET, the Oxymoron rapper described the decision to step away from the role to focus on his own career. “See me and Kendrick had a long talk about it and I told him I wanted to step down from being hype man and actually following him everywhere,” ScHoolboy Q said. “That's my bro. That's my nigga and everybody know that but it just comes a time and point where you just gotta break off and do your own thing.”

When asked about his mother’s reaction to his music, Q detailed her disapproval of his publicly self-identifying as a member of the Crips in his music. “She mad,” he said. “Telling me to stop saying I’m a Crip, like, ‘You don’t need to be sayin’ that, somebody gonna kill you...’ or ‘Somebody gon’ get at you, don’t be telling nobody that.’ [It’s like], ‘It’s  your fault, you should’ve moved.’”

The rapper added that his mother has attended his performances despite generally not being a fan of Rap. “She came to my shows,” he said. “She not with the standing up part, waiting until—you know what I mean? She ain’t trying to hear all the rest of that. She already don’t like Rap. So, you know, she ain’t trying to [go]. And I smoke a whole lot [at a show]. My momma smoke weed, but we smoke a whole lot, you know what I’m saying. I’ve smoked with moms before.” Responding to Fuse’s question about his mother’s reception of his success, Q admitted that his financial gain has changed the relationship’s dynamic. “She ain’t scared to ask for nothing no more,” he said. “She always know I got a gang of weed so she at least know I’m doing good for myself, she know the prices on weed. You know, she sees me in magazines. She has co workers that don’t believe that I’m her son. She’s very proud, but, yeah, I like smoking with moms though… She smoke that bullshit though, she smoke that old people ish.”

ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron is scheduled to be released on February 25. The album features fellow TDE artists Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Sza.   

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  • Bunto

    Schooloby Q`s Oxyomoron album has already leaked. This album is just awesome, I get it here goo. gl /oI4TmL

  • Marsi

    Looks like Aftermath got another classic "2001" , "The Marshall Mathers LP", "Get Rich or Die Tryin", now "good kid, m.A.A.d city"


    yep, his album is a classic in todays standards

  • menz0

    Pac died at 25. Kendrick starts to carry the throne at 25 should be some good years to come

  • T

    Kendrick Lamar: Single handedly bringing the REAL Hip-Hop back!


    This album is ahead of its time. Perfection from start to finish. The best hip-hop debut since Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.

  • L4444n

    This deserves every bit of this rating. This shit is a CLASSIC.

  • anonymous

    This album will go down as one of the best albums of all time for any genre just like Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt, Ready to Die and the other rap albums that are considered the best of all time. When those albums came out we didn't understand how great they because were very young at the time. Now we have a chance to witness a classic and a legend in the making. The storytelling is amazing. It's like a movie. You can't just listen to a couple of songs or skip through. You have to listen straight through from beginning to end.


    listening to this really makes section 80 (one of my favourite albums) sound alot more like a mixtape

  • alphonzoi

    Good god, I havent heard an album like this in a GOOD minute. I will actually purchase this rather than download it. If hip hop artist pumped out more stuff like this, labels could move units like it was '98.

  • fribberg

    kednrick will be remembered, that gkmc reminds me of pac & nas in the 90s


    I'm glad this album is already praised as a classic, I'm glads its on every "best albums of all time" list because this is One of the best Album I ever heard!! Point Blank!

  • Killlaze

    lassic album! THIS IS HIP-HOP, play your rap somewhere else

  • Slim Timmeel

    Amazing album. When I listen to it, it was more than music, it was a story of a person just like me with dreams, fear, dangers, trouble, happiness, adolescence and maturity. He stayed true to his roots he kept it original but different. God bless Kendrick Lamar and hip hop.

  • zeerax444

    yeah gkmc should have won, best rap album I have heard since... (both mainstream and underground wise)

  • So Icy Boi! Is Back

    Seriously, who cares? Kendrick is just a sell out mainstream pop rapper. Real hip hop heads didn't like GKMC! Mackerel deserved better! Ofc I don't fuck with white rappers, but Macklemore is really dope, he got swag. He is one of the greatest alongside with Lil Wayne and Drake. I can't wait for the next Macklmeore/Ryan Lewis project. swag

    • aztt

      I don't like kendrick at all but objectively, he released THE ONLY classic of the new generation, the fact that producers-rappers-legends-magazines-hip hop listeners shitted on macklemore for that grammy (because he robbed gkmc) is the proof that gkmc was far superior.

  • skin cutter

    school boy q is a fuckin dumbass, talkin all dat weed shit, aint no1 give a fuck if u burn or not, u feel? fuck dis fat ass, gay ass sunglasses wearin indoors, no style havin, fake ass nigga

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