ScHoolBoy Q: I Wish I Could Have Just Stayed With TDE

Rapper says he loves Interscope, but would rather be indie.

Posted: 03/12/2014 08:23 AM EDT
Filed Under Music News, Schoolboy Q

After a momentous major label debut, ScHoolBoy Q has decided that the limelight is a bit much, but he may consider shielding himself from the glare with a line of bucket hats.

In a chat with Hartford's Hot 93.7, Q revealed that the whirlwind of press he's been doing to support his first Interscope/Top Dawg Entertainment release, Oxymoron, is exhausting. "I wish we would have still stayed indie," he lamented. "I don't care about being on like 1,000 radios."

Indeed, especially when a project first drops, it seems like the conversations with various talking heads and bloggers are endless, all asking similar, if not the same, questions.

"I love Interscope," he concluded, "but I wish I could have just stayed with TDE."

Q got on the subject after explaining how TDE's blueprint is already designed like a major. "We don't do mixtapes, we don't put mixtapes out. Everything we drop is an album ... We put all our time and effort into one project to make it great, instead of doing songs for a tape."

Ultimately, however, it comes down to the bottom line, he said, using his signature accessory, a bucket hat, as an example. "Everybody wants me to do a line," Q explained. "There's so many bucket hat companies offering me so much money, but I'd rather do it myself. If you wanted to give me that much money, I know I could make that much money on my own."

Still, the "Man of the Year" rapper remains grateful to the fans and focused on music. "Congrats y'all went number #1!!!!!!! Clap for yaself," he tweeted last Wednesday. This week, he'll be performing at the BET Music Matters showcase at SXSW in Austin. 

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