ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock Comment On “Black Hippy” XXL Cover

blame it on Shake November 6, 2013

Ab-Soul has already expressed his disappointment with XXL for their usage of “Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy” on their recent cover. Now it’s ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock’s turn. While backstage at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse concert in Brooklyn this past weekend, MTV caught up with 1/2 of the crew to get their opinions.

That’s so disrespectful. We didn’t go into that shoot saying ‘this is Kendrick with Black Hippy.’ We went in there and said, ‘This is a Black Hippy shoot,’ so we expect a Black Hippy shoot.

Although disrespectful, Q explains that he understands that Kendrick Lamar’s success is what catapulted the crew to the forefront and that he has to put the work in the eventually avoid K. Dot’s shadow.

At the same time, Kendrick is way ahead of us. He’s a platinum artist. I haven’t dropped my album yet, [Jay] Rock’s working on his major-label album, Ab-Soul’s working on his major-label album … We still haven’t dropped our major-label albums, so at the end of the day, he is fucking Kendrick Lamar. We’re not signed to Kendrick, but he has that impact.

If Big Sean gets an interview, they’re gonna always ask him about Kanye, J. Cole they’re always gonna ask him about Jay Z, Slaughterhouse they’re gonna always ask about Eminem. You just gotta fight your way up the ladder. Kanye, he stands alone now. I know they probably used to him all type of Jay Z questions. Now he’s put that work in, and he stands on his own, and he’s one of the biggest artists right now. Hopefully I can do that too.

As far as Jay Rock’s thoughts… it’s not phasing him as any TDE praise is praise for the group.

Personally, I never take offense to that, because at the end of the day, whether it’s just Kendrick’s name or ‘Q and Black Hippy,’ or ‘Ab-Soul Black Hippy’ — that’s us, still, because we’re all in this shit together.

  • poetic assasin

    Didn’t Jay Rock have the success first, even though he wasn’t on a major label?

  • attdaendadadaytho

    take a shot every time Q or Rock says “at the end of the day”.

  • naoshad

    none of the other 3 will go platinum. jay rock was signed to WBR and dropped quick. jay rock had a nice buzz with All My Life, but that was about it.

  • 2dope4nope

    Yup ^ and I wish he had his then funny how that works and I was even there as a youngin when they shot that Lift Me Up vid but well I wish em success but it’s always gonna be KL but fuck a “Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy”

  • Exhibit C

    You can say ‘they’re never gonna go platinum’ all you want and honestly, odds are they won’t. But I didn’t think Kendrick was gonna go platinum either until he started getting all that buzz right before his album came out. And he’s been top 5 or 10 in my playlist since Overly Dedicated dropped. The fact is, with Kendrick’s success, these guys all have a good platform, let’s see what they can do with it. I wish them all success.

  • Isaac

    You know what I mean?

  • jwiiii

    Jay Rock laid the foundation. He was like a test. TDE learned a lot by the moves Jay Rock went through.