When Macklemore texted Kendrick Lamar to apologize for “robbing” him of the Best Rap Album Grammy, he caused an even greater firestorm than his win alone had. But not everyone thinks the backlash was warranted.
“All these rappers talking sh– about Macklemore because of the text, but they wouldn’t be saying that sh– if I sent the text out,” Schoolboy Q told The Source.. “Or if Maino sent the text out. Bro, if Maino sent the text out and put it on Instagram, n—-s would be quiet. They wouldn’t say nothing.”
The TDE rapper, who collaborated with Macklemore on “White Walls,” came to the Seattle MC’s defense following plenty of criticism.
“That sh– was wack as f–k,” Drake told Rolling Stone in February regarding the text, which read, in part, “I robbed you.” Drizzy, who was also nominated in the Best Rap Album category, didn’t stop there, though.
“This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick,” he continued. “Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your sh–.”
Kendrick, meanwhile, wasn’t as scathing with his take. “That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude,” he told Billboard. “However it panned out, I wish him much success. He touched people’s souls, and no one can take that away. Really, the whole Grammy moment was incredible. Not everyone gets that shot.”
In addition to the Grammy controversy, Q talks about his debut album, Oxymoron, his individuality as an artist and more in his cover story for The Source, which hits stores on April 10.