By Carl Chery
It’s been two years since the release of Solo’s critically acclaimed sophomore set, Control System, and the Top Dawg Entertainment MC has been so eager to pull the trigger on his latest, that he threatened to leak it online earlier this month.
Fellow TDE rapper Schoolboy Q empathizes.
“He wanna put his album out,” Q told MTV News on Saturday, before performing at Power 106’s annual Powerhouse concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. “He got every right to wanting to put his album out.”
After Soul's threat, TDE CEO, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, took to Twitter and told fans that they could pick a June release date for These Days.
On Monday, Schoolboy went on Twitter and voted for June 3. Many assumed that Q's tweet was an official release date confirm; it was not.
"Web sites r so tHirsty to try an Have da first post and sH--, I Neva put SOULO DATE OUT... Y'all failed again," he wrote late yesterday. "Top @dangerookipawaa asked fans wat date sHould it b and I replied wat Date I would like to see Happen... Y'all post anytHing braH."
Q says he hasn't spoken to Soul about his frustration, but he can understand his fellow MC's angst, as well as his label's position.
“We dedicate our life to this but, you know, there’s other things involved once you sign to a label and stuff like that,” he said. “I don’t know the real situation, but it’s gon' come out so it don’t really matter. All artists have a right to get mad. We’re human, you know, but at the same time it’s still business.”