Schoolboy Q is well aware of all the comparisons to his TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar, but with his major-label debut Oxymoron ready to drop on February 5, Groovy Q doesn’t plan on taking a backseat to anyone —including his longtime friend.
“I don’t like Kendrick,” Q joked when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (January 22). “Nah, he’s an awesome artist, but it’s my turn, man.”
On Tuesday Q put his album up for pre-order, and to celebrate, the self-proclaimed “Man of the Year” revealed his new album cover and released “Break the Bank,” a dark track where Schoolboy counts his rap spoils. He also takes a playful jab at K-Dot, spitting, “Tell Kendrick move from the throne, I came for it.”
Q says that he’s been working on Oxymoron for two years and “Break the Bank” is one of his earliest recordings from the album. “I haven’t dropped nothing since 2012, the top of 2012. A bunch of stuff. I still got songs on my album that I recorded in 2012, but the records are so great to me,” he said. “‘Break the Bank’ is a record that was recorded in 2012. That was old. That was right when Kendrick’s album dropped. It just so happened that he’s nominated for seven Grammys right now.”
With Q leading the charge, the entire TDE roster will be dropping albums in 2014. “I heard Isaiah [Rashad]‘s, I heard Ab-Soul’s and just mines,” Q confirmed. “I just heard a few Sza records, not the whole project. I heard a few Kendrick records and a few Jay Rock records, but I haven’t heard [any] full projects besides Isaiah’s and Soul’s.”