ScHoolboy Q received some help from some of his heroes when putting together his latest release Oxymoron.
The West Coast rapper found his first major label record shooting up the Billboard 200 albums chart earlier this year. With some assistance from the likes of Raekwon and Kurupt, ScHoolboy Q put together a collection of tunes that some consider his best musical endeavor thus far.
During his recent interview with Exclaim, ScHoolboy Q discussed working with a few guest artists on the album. Although he worked with several musicians on the project, the guy definitely has his favorites.
He explained to the publication:
“I like Raekwon and Kurupt’s verses better than anything else on my album. I’ve listened to myself so much and you sit with the music so long, I like to hear people other than myself right now. Me and Kurupt did it in-person, but not Raekwon. He was overseas in Europe, and he knocked it out for me.”
Although ScHoolboy Q loved working with other rappers while putting Oxymoron together in the studio, performing the songs in front of an audience isn’t always his cup of tea. According to XXL, he didn’t have a lot of fun during his set at SXSW in Austin, Texas. In his humble opinion, the festival has become completely corporate.
“I don’t ever want to come back unless they change it to where the fans are in. I’m tired of performing and seeing my fans outside the gate. That’s not fair. It’s not about the fans no more, it’s all about money, who can give you the best look,” ScHoolboy Q explained during a recent chat with The Associated Press.
One person who disagrees with ScHoolboy Q’s opinion about SXSW is Lady Gaga. The singer, who performed at Stubb’s BBQ with a little help from the folks at Doritos, said these sort of festivals probably wouldn’t happen without corporate backing.
“The truth is without sponsorship, without these companies coming together to help us, we won’t have any more artists in Austin, we won’t have any festivals because record labels don’t have any f***ing money,” she explained.
Although it’s commendable for ScHoolboy Q to think about his fans, it’s worth noting that Interscope is responsible for releasing Oxymoron across the US. The rapper may have had a hard time cracking the top of the Billboard 200 without a little corporate assistance.
Are you a fan of ScHoolboy Q? Did you pick up a copy of Oxymoron?
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