Thanks to the success of Kendrick Lamar’s gold-selling good kid, m.A.A.d city LP, his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates now have a little more light shining on their once-underground operation.
Next from the Black Hippy crew is Schoolboy Q and his major-label debut, Oxymoron. So what advice does K-Dot have for his homey?
“Any advice I would give to Q is really just continue to do what he been doin’. It’s definitely the big leagues, but he got it,” Kendrick told MTV News on Saturday in New York City. “I ain’t gotta tell him too much, because we sat in that studio throughout them years together and planned out what’s to come in the future, and the future is now, so he already know. Just continue doin’ what he been doin’, and everything else will prosper behind that.”
Q, like Kendrick, built a following with potent independent releases. Last year’s Habits & Contradictions featured contributions from Kendrick, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, A$AP Rocky and Curren$y. Thanks to tracks like the rambunctious “Hands on the Wheel” and the soothing “Blessed,” Q’s LP became a fan favorite, but does Lamar’s success and critical accolades add any pressure to Schoolboy as he preps Oxymoron? Kendrick doesn’t think so.
“I haven’t asked him yet, but when I go in those sessions and he in there, he comfortable,” K-Dot assured. “He’s excited more than anything, and I think he feels the same way that I felt before my album came out.” WATCH VIDEO HERE