Schoolboy Q and the rest of TDE’s Black Hippy crew landed the latest cover of XXL magazine, a proud moment for any artist. However, Q is not happy about being billed as “Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy”.
“That’s so disrespectful, so disrespectful,” Schoolboy Q says during an interview with MTV. “We didn’t go into that shoot saying, ‘This is Kendrick with Black Hippy photo shoot for the cover.’ We went in there and said, ‘This is a Black Hippy shoot,’ so we expect a Black Hippy shoot.”
Schoolboy went on to make it known that his feelings have nothing to do with Kendrick’s success and notoriety :
“At the end of the day and I always say this, too, Kendrick, he’s way ahead of us,” ScHoolboy Q says. “He’s a platinum artist. I haven’t dropped my album yet. [Jay] Rock’s working on his major-label album. Ab-Soul’s working on his major-label album. We still haven’t dropped our major-label albums, so honestly, at the same time, at the end of the day, I mean he is fucking Kendrick Lamar. Even though we’re not signed to Kendrick, but he has that impact.”
TDE member Jay Rock also weighed in on the cover:
“I don’t never take that too offensive,” Jay Rock says, “because at the end of the day, whether it’s just Kendrick’s name… or if it was ‘ScHoolboy Q and Black Hippy,’ or ‘Ab-Soul Black Hippy,’ it’s us, still, because we’re all in this shit together.”
Check out the XXL cover below: