The release of Kendrick Lamar's highly acclaimed good kidd, m.A.A.d. city in 2012 was like a coming out party for the Black Hippy collective, and in 2013 ScHoolboy Q is looking to keep the flame going with his major label debut, Oxymoron.
Living up to the seemingly unrealistic expectations set in place by K. Dot's meteoric rise might seem like too much to handle for a still emerging young MC, but the Interscope signee does not appear to be phased one bit.
In an interview with MTV.com, Q said that the album would probably be out in a few months but stressed the importance of making sure everything was perfect so that afterwards he can enjoy himself.
"We gon' get these singles right, get 'em together and place everything in order. Then we gon' get it crackin' from there. I haven't leaked a record yet, so I don't wanna say too much yet until I leak the record. But Oxymoron is definitely coming this year and we gon' have some fun," the MC told MTV.
While these days a lot of rappers' albums tend to look more like compilations with a slew of guest appearances, Q insisted on keeping the collabos limited to friends and family.
"I worked with Pharrell on the album, I worked with Kendrick on the album, you know, like the homies, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown," noted Q, continuing, "This my first album; it's real special to me. I don't wanna be messing with this dude, with this dude, this dude. It's all in house, it's the same Q. Like the fans, I'mma give 'em what they want."
Also expect to see the rest of the Black Hippy collective, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul on the album, which is without question one of the most talked about releases of this year.
At 26 years old, the "Hands on the Wheel" MC has a clear sense of what (and who) helped catapult hip hop to where it's at now, and he's letting it be known that when it comes to carrying that torch that is the same standard he is holding himself to.
"We caught that era in the '90s where people was rapping like Jay, Big Pun, Big L, Pac, Biggie, we was there in that era, so we like heard a lot of that stuff," proclaimed Q. He went on to add, "I gotta go out there and be serious. You gotta paint that picture, you gotta see the music. We actually see the music like paintings and pictures, like for real, not just saying that. When a beat come on, it's like a color in your head and it's like a movie or some sh--, a camera just guiding you through what you need to say. That's just how it is."
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