ScHoolboy Q has been open about his gangbanging past as a member of the Crips. In a recent interview on Hot 97, ScHoolboy Q spoke about initially joining the gang.

“When I joined the set, it was an accident,” said Q. “My homie said, he was about to do it, I’m like, ‘I’ma go, too, let’s go.'”

The TDE emcee explained how one goes about joining the gang. “First, you have to grow up in the set… For two, you have to know at least more than one person. You gotta be kickin’ it with ’em. Gotta be going to school with them or something. He know your momma, your auntie, or somethin’. And three, you can’t be no mark. You gotta have heart.”

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Despite his time as a Crip being an integral part of his past, ScHoolboy Q revealed it wasn’t something he was proud of. “It’s not something I’m into no more,” he said. “It’s embarrassing for me to even really be talking about it in detail. …I look at it as retarded. Like, why would I go and do all that type of stuff, and take time away from my daughter?”

Q expounded upon a point he made last year that Oxymoron, his upcoming album,is about fatherhood and Crip history, specifically regarding his album cover, which features his daughter giving a mean mug. “The oxymoron in this album is that I’m doing all this bad to do good for my daughter. That’s why I’m robbin’. That’s why I’m stealin’. …Whatever it is that I’m talking about in my album negative, it’s always for a good cause, for my daughter.”

Watch the interview below:

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