Top Dawg Entertainment’s ScHoolboy Q has been somewhat quiet about the theme for his major label debut, Oxymoron. However, in a recent interview with Fuse, the TDE emcee spoke about the album as well as the pressure he feels following Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city.
“I’m actually done,” Q explained about his album before talking about the theme. “Nigga, we gon’ sell drugs. Nigga, we gon’ take drugs. We gon’ take care of our kids…I never told nobody that about this album because I wanted people to listen to it and see what they get from it. But that’s what the album is about. Stop worrying about other people and worry about yourself.”
He continued, saying that he now feels comfortable in the booth but that he still gets pressure from other sources.
“The only pressure I got is making sure my album is better or as good as Kendrick’s,” he shared. Q also went on to compliment Lamar’s efforts and saying he “damn near dropped a tear” when good kid was released because of how proud he is of K Dot’s rise.
Q then added that he has the same production team behind him, even though it may seem a bit different.
“I’ve been signed to Interscope since 2011,” he said, regarding producers. “I just used the same people. Whatever sounds good.”
More from the interview can be seen below.
TDE officially announced that they closed a deal with Interscope in March of 2012. Oxymoron is Q’s follow-up to 2012’s Habits & Contradictions. The album spawned singles such as “Hands on the Wheel,” featuring A$AP Rocky. The album went on to receive critical praise from various sources including a 4/5 on HipHopDX. In March, Q said the album would be coming out this year. “We gon’ get these singles right, get ’em together and place everything in order. Then we gon’ get it crackin’ from there,” he said. “I haven’t leaked a record yet, so I don’t wanna say too much yet until I leak the record. But Oxymoron is definitely coming this year and we gon’ have some fun.”