ScHoolboy Q Explains What It Would Take For A Black Hippy Album To Happen (Video)
ScHoolboy Q conducted a recent interview with Montreality. Within the conversation, the Los Angeles, California MC discusses his affinity for ’90s wrestling and details of his awkward “first time.”
However, at the 5:30 mark, Q makes some interesting points when asked about the potential of a Black Hippy album. “Everybody keep askin’ that question. Y’all been asking that question for four years… [laughing] come on, man. I don’t know, man. I can’t say that. I’m already working on [my next album]. I don’t see [having] the time,” he begins. Explaining that schedules are challenging for Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and himself, Q also states that an album would have to be bigger than just a month of recording.
“People don’t understand: when you’re [making] an album, you get into a groove. It’s hard to stop that groove, that zone you’re in, and that vision to jump onto a whole new thing and start with a blank sheet basically. ‘Cause we don’t just put albums out, and call it something and it’s [really] just a bunch of dope songs. Like, everything we do [at TDE] is like a concept. We never sat down and [said] we all gotta do concepts,” he says of his three band-mates, who all have conceptual solo albums in their catalogs. “It’s something we all do. It’s why we click so much. We’re all pretty much the same mellow dudes, and we’re all focused on our craft and on concepts and sh*t. So I can’t say we’ll be in the studio gettin’ a Black Hippy album ready, no matter how much [label founder and CEO] Top [Dawg] wants it to happen, no matter how much [TDE President] Dave [Free] and the fans want it to happen. The chances of getting us in the studio, together, to work on Black Hippy is slim. There’s just too much going on.”
Q also opens up about how he spends his free time. “Plus, I’m a daddy, man. And I love being a daddy. Any time that I can get to spend time with my daughter, ’cause I’m always moving, I want to spend that time with her.” However, the Blank Face LP creator did not rule out hope entirely. “Whatever we can do…if we can make it work, I’m down to do it. It’s not even about us. They’re my homies; of course I want to do the album with ’em. It’s just [about] time.” Q also decries a popular formulaic album-making process, especially in collaborative side projects. “We’re not gonna just go into the studio and finish an album in a month. That might be how some of these other rappers do it, but we don’t do our music like that.”
In discussing his studio practice, Q also argues that extensive creative time is essential to making great art. Looking at his own Grammy-nominated, platinum catalog, he says, “The first song I make ain’t goin’ on the album…unless it’s just really that sh*t. It’s rare when the first song I done made the album. It’s rare [when] the first five songs I’ve done made the album. And that sh*t take time.” Coming back to Black Hippy, ScHoolboy does not dismiss the possibility entirely. “We gon’ see. I’m with it though. I want to do it! [But] when are we gonna have the time?”
The last Black Hippy song was 2016’s “THat Part (Remix),” which was a non-album single. The collective released its first track in 2008, on Q’s “Try Me.” There have been 14 released songs of all four members.
On the heels of Kendrick’s #1 single, ScHoolboy Q explains how “Humble” is bigger than a song title at Top Dawg Entertainment. He also laughs at some passé industry trends. “A lot of ni**as is just rappers. And they got rapper homies, rapper entourage, rapper managers. ‘[Why] the f*ck your manager got a f*ckin’ icy chain on?’ That’s just weird to me. Like, I never [understood] athletes wearing rapper chains. ‘You’re not a rapper, bro.’ I’m not goin’ everywhere dressin’ like I’m 6’9” with them long-ass pants on. Let the rappers be the rappers. Let the managers be the managers. Let the homies be the homies. I don’t got none of my homeboys workin’ for me. It’s just us [as TDE]. We came up being us. It just happened to click like that. And every rapper that ever came to TDE that we was gettin’ ready to f*ck with, they always exit they self out, because they wasn’t humble enough. It was a lot of people, L.A. artists that could’ve been signed to TDE, but they was just doin’ what they doin’.” While he does not name names, Q says that TDE has the City of Angels wrapped up. “Now, everybody out there in that city is under us.”
Next, Q is handed a copy of 50 Cent’s 2003 debut, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. With the CD in his hands, he details, “Those were fun years. I hated on this album when it first came out. I was hatin’ on 50 [Cent]. I was like a 50 hater, ’cause I was so much into Nas. Anything that came out [from] Queens, I was trying to put them up against Nas. [Later], 50 became one of my biggest inspirations to rap. If it wasn’t for him, no tellin’ what I’d be doing.” Q recalls after three weeks deliberately disliking the G-Unit general, he warmed up to the release executive produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem. “I related to damn near everything he was talkin’ about. This ni**a damn near became my favorite artist at that moment.”
In April, Q appeared on a remix alongside Ty Dolla $ign for Anderson .Paak’s “Come Down.” Both Q and Paak are backed by Interscope Records, through TDE and Aftermath Entertainment, respectively.