Ab-Soul has a message for the media: Don’t mess with Black Hippy.
After Soul and his groupmates were billed as “Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy” on the cover of XXL‘s October/November issue last year, the Control System took to Twitter and threatened to leave the crew. Now, he finally clears things up.
“That wasn’t exactly directed at XXL. That’s everybody. That was for all blogs, all social media, all media outlets. A lot of them are printing it like that and that’s not the name of the group,” Soulo told Las Vegas DJ Bootleg Kev in an interview posted to Kev’s YouTube page on Monday.
Sure, Soul recognizes Kendrick’s growing popularity, so he offered an alternative solution that the popular rap magazine could’ve used to capitalize off Lamar’s selling power and still stay true to the group. “He’s the man for sure,” Ab acknowledged. “I wouldn’t have even been mad if they had his name super big and they just put our names under his real small.”
Ab says he was even more bewildered when XXL found room for the names of non-Black Hippy MCs on their cover. “I’m looking at the cover and I see like — and this is definitely, absolutely, no disrespect — I see Chance the Rapper’s name,” he said of the cover which also highlighted Big Sean, A$AP Rocky and Migos as well.
“Forget Ab-Soul, how come you don’t see Schoolboy Q or Jay Rock?” he questioned, giving nods to BH’s other spitters.
Q also took exception to the slight and expressed his distaste to MTV News in November. “We didn’t go into that shoot saying, ‘This is Kendrick with Black Hippy,’ ” he said. “We went in there and said, ‘This is a Black Hippy shoot,’ so we expect a Black Hippy shoot.”
Jay Rock, on the other hand, was more diplomatic. “Real people know it’s not just Kendrick Lamar and then Black Hippy. At the end of the day, we’re all family. And with Kendrick’s success, he deserves everything he’s getting right now because that dude worked hard to get to where he’s at,” he said.