Top Dawg Entertainment’s ScHoolboy Q has come forward to deliver one of his most personal interviews of his career in the wake of his new Blank Face album release.
Before going into the interview, Q hinted at going through a personal battle with radio host Letty Martinez.
“First off, I just want to say there’s a lot of stuff going on. It ain’t just about me and my music. It’s tough times right now. So I’ve just been trying to stay off the Internet as much as possible and I’ma wait for the feedback a little later. I’m going through some things in my personal life and a lot of things just crashed in on me the day my album dropped and it’s kind of hard for me right now to enjoy this moment. This is probably one of the worst days in my life and it happens to be the day that my album came out. So it’s a little hard for me right now.” (Real 92.3)
ScHoolboy also admitted he briefly retired from the rap game in 2015.
“I took a break from music to the point I quit. I didn’t even tell people I was retired or tell Top [Dawg] or Interscope. It was just a thing like, ‘I’m never going to give them an album so they’ll get the point.’ Then I just woke up one day and I just put the studio in the crib and was like, ‘I’d rather just do it that way.’ I was just in the growing up stage. I’ll be 30 in October. I know I look 45, it’s OK. I’ll be 30 in October. When you hit that age, it’s like you’ve seen things twice. … Life is changing and I’m really not a gangbanger anymore but I wanted to let people know that.” (Real 92.3)
Recently, Q talked about nearly quitting rap to care for his daughter.
“Yeah, to the point I almost quit,” Q said when asked if he felt like he missed key moments in his daughter’s life due to touring. “I almost quit for this [Blank Face] album, this period, after Oxymoron. Yeah. I was gone for a year and a half and before that I was gone for a year. The year before that I was gone for six months. You get what I’m saying? Because my daughter’s seven. Like the first two years I didn’t raise her because I was dirt broke. Then I only got two years in with her. My daughter always lived with me, I only got two years of raising her out of seven years. You get what I’m saying? I’m not about to be that rappers, that person, that puts his business, his money over his family. I go out and please everyone else making this money meanwhile my kid, my family is sitting around waiting for me to come back home.” (Hot 97)
Last month, Q revealed his hip-hop collaborations wish list.
“Working on an album can be stressful, it can be fun, it can be pain. It can be a lot of things because you go through all these different emotions while you’re rapping,” ScHoolboy said. “[Who do I want to work with?] Just more OGs. DJ Quik. I want to work with Too Short one day – I want to work with MC Lars. I want to work with Snoop. These are all people from my coasts I want to work with. Other than that, everything else, if it happens, if they fit, they fit. But those people, those are people I ‘have’ to work with.” (Hot 97)