“But if you don’t know anything, just know I got some weed,” spat ScHoolboy Q on ‘#BETiGOTSUMWEED’, an early blog favourite from his 2011 independently released debut, ‘Setbacks’. And although a lot has changed for the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper since then, that fact still remains.
As we emerge from the lift at the Manchester hotel that Q is calling home for the night, we are immediately hit with the strong stench of Californian weed. Despite having been informed that Q has only just woken up, when we greet him he is already well under the influence.
Donning a wide-brimmed hat and a pair of circular sunglasses, Q, sat on his bed, occasionally stubbing out a cigar on his bedside table between sips of soda, comes across almost like a classic rock star. But when it comes to talking about his music, the passion, although not apparent in his tone, comes across in his words.
In hip-hop’s ADD generation it seems like interest in an album only lasts a number of weeks – but that Q’s Interscope debut, ‘Oxymoron’, which was released in February, is still one of the most talked about rap records right now is a testament to its quality. While the Hoover Street Crip’s gangbanger past isn’t relatable to the majority of his listeners, Q thinks that his honesty is what is important.