After this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, Macklemore sent Kendrick Lamar a text message saying he felt he robbed him of a Grammmy win. “You got robbed,” Macklemore said at the time. “I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you.” Mack then posted a screenshot of this message on Instagram.
ScHoolboy Q, who has worked with both artists, recently addressed the Grammy text message conversation. “All these rappers talking shit about Macklemore because of the text, but they wouldn’t be saying that shit if I sent the text out,” Q says in The Source. “Or if Maino sent the text out. Bruh, if Maino sent the text out and put it on Instagram, niggas would be quiet. They wouldn’t say nothing.”
Several people have criticized Macklemore for the release of this text message. One of the most prominent figures to criticize Macklemore for the text message was Drake, who addressed this during a Rolling Stone interview earlier this year.
“I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better. Make better music,'” Drake said at the time. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?”
ScHoolboy Q’s commentary regarding the text message isn’t the only focus of his The Source cover story. In the piece, Q also addresses the drug abuse he details on “Prescription / Oxymoron,” a cut off the album Oxymoron.
“Every bit of it is real,” Q says of the track. “So real I never listened to it. Never heard it. I mean, I made it [laughs], but that was it. I perform it every night, but I never listen to it because it’s too much. A part of me, like, kicks myself in the ass ‘cause my daughter was there. But a part of it makes me proud because I’m not that type of person no more. I’m, like, one of the best fathers in the world, you get what I’m saying?
“I’m not scared to put my real life in there like a lot of rappers,” he adds. “Five, six albums in and you still don’t know nothing about their life. You just know they rap good. They crack, but you still don’t know, like, who is this nigga grandma, who’s his uncle, what block he come from. How much was the sodas when he was a kid, you know what I’m saying? Niggas don’t put that type of shit in their music. Everybody’s a mobster now. They got the Vaseline, they got the dope, they got the burner, like who you got the burner from though? How many shots were in the burner? When the cops came what did you do with the burner, you get what I’m saying? What’s your momma name? What’s your homie name, where’s the park that you caught a fade at? Nobody’s going in depth with it like me. Only other nigga doing it like that is YG.”
Yesterday (April 8), Q criticized the post-processing of his cover photo for The Source.