Who are some people outside of hip-hop that you’re feeling right now?
That I’m feeling right now? A lot of porn stars.
Wow [Laughs]. Alright, musically speaking, outside of Hip-Hop.
‘Musically,’ outside of hip-hop?
You know, like Pop for example.
Oh, alright. I’m like, ‘I don’t know shit else but hip-hop.’ But yeah, Danny Brown put me onto a lot of new music while on tour, like Purity Ring, Dizzee Rascal—even though he has been doing it for years—and a lot of Grime music. As much as my music sounds like grime, I never really listened to it, like Darq E Freaker. Danny put me up on a lot of people that I heard on tour that I never thought I would like. Flying Lotus is one of my favorites. I bought like every album he had. Then again, you can still say that’s hip-hop. Oh, and Erykah Badu.
Where could you see yourself if you wasn’t in the rap game, or even affiliated it?
I can do anything. I’m a fast learner, but I chose rap. My goal was to be in the NFL when I chose rap, but it didn’t work out. I feel like I can adapt to anything. I don’t know what I would have been, but I would have definitely done something. I wouldn’t have been in the streets for too long.
What’s the oddest thing that people don’t know about you that they might be surprised to know?
I’m wearing nothing but nice clothes now. I like nothing but fashion type shit now. I’m like really into it. I’m trying to swag hard and shit now.
So, no *Hanes T-shirts anymore?
No. No more streetwear.
[*Editor’s Note: I was wearing a Hanes T-shirt during our interview]
“My Hatin’ Joint” is definitely a favorite off of the Habits & Contradictions album. Would you ever work with Mike WiLL Made It again?
Yeah, that’s my nigga. I talk to him all the time. I’m kind of mad that I ain’t got one of them hits yet [Laughs]. Even me and him have gotten into the studio this year so many times, but couldn’t find the right one that’s going to stick—and that’s Mike WiLL Made It. That’s my nigga though. I talk to him all the time, but just because you Mike WiLL, and you my nigga, don’t mean that you need to be on my album. [He] eating anyway, but we ain’t find one that stick. We gon’ get back into the studio again. We been talking about it. He’s just so on right now with Miley Cyrus and Jay-Z and them. We’ll get some time together though.
If that hit did come through in time, could it possibility be included on the album?
Yeah, for sure. Anything is possible. I’m still recording for the album, even though I’m basically done. A song can still turn up for another [album] record. I ain’t turn my album in or give a release date. Y’all niggas ain’t heard the first single, so I got time. Even though I’m basically done, I know shit is gonna bump shit. That’s just how it is.
Going back to “Yay Yay” for example, a lot of your music definitely has a druggy feel—especially with the references—but you’ve revealed in the past that you quit drugs & haven’t done them in a minute. Do you ever feel like the subject matter of your music can be a misinterpretation of who you are right now?
Yeah, but at the same time everything I’m talking about is the past. It’s nothing present. I’m nothing like the music I’m talking about right now. It’s all the in the past. It’s supposed to be a story. Every album is a story. It’s not just about killing somebody on the song. I’m talking about crap I used to do; I’m not doing none of that anymore. I don’t go to the set. I don’t go kick it with homies on corners or pay homage. I’m in the studio, and if I’m not there I’m spending time with my daughter. I’m in the studio so much though. She’s four years old, and I’m always on the road. My only way of raising her is on my off days. I can’t be hanging out, doing dumb shit.
What’s that like though, doing the fatherhood thing while trying to balance music, touring, and all the other stuff that comes with this life?
That shit rough man! I wanted to quit rapping so much. You miss all the first things. First day she goes to school, first day she start—I went to one baseball game, and it was her first year ever playing. [Her being a] ballerina, I’m getting pictures sent to me—yet I’m paying for all this shit [Laughs]. That shit is like, she’s four years old now. She about to be six, and first grade is about to start. I remember first grade, you know what I’m saying? It’s like, I haven’t been able to fully raise my daughter the way I want to raise her because I’m gone, busy, and always on the road. It’s tough. A nigga want to quit sometimes, but I ain’t trying to go back to square one and have to hustle, or do something wrong and have to go adapt back into the streets and then never see her. Right now, I’m just taking my time dropping this album. I’m going to take a break to raise my daughter a little bit, and then come with the second album.
Have you tried to explain to her like, “Yo, Dad’s on the road...”
She don’t care. I buy her whatever. It’s to the point that I have to take her somewhere when I see her. When we are together, we have to do something. I can’t just be like kicking it with her anymore. That’s my baby. She’s grown now so she’s like, “Let’s go here daddy, let’s go to the movies.” If something come on TV, “Daddy, daddy...” because I don’t tell her no. If I can buy a $500 T-shirt, then I should be able to take her wherever she says she wants to go when she points it out. Wherever she say she wants to go, we’ll go. If she want, she gonna get it. That’s how it is. It’s not her fault she grew up like this, and her daddy is ScHoolboy Q. I’m gonna let her take advantage of it.
I know you’re pretty tight-lipped with the Oxymoron project, but are there any artists or producers that are a bit of a left-field choice?
No left-field people. If anything, Boi-1da—since he’s worked with Drake and shit. Other than that, I keep everything the same. A lot of producers don’t know what I want to get off. The way I rap is a little different; I pick different pockets, I like different energy, and I like to play with my voice sometimes. Beats just don’t have enough space for me. I’ll just keep working with the group of people that I know can work with me, until somebody adapts to me and I get bigger in the game. Some of these rappers will maybe adapt to me, instead of just playing me their best beats. [It’s about] knowing what Q sounds good on, not just their best beat.