Schoolboy Q says he wishes TDE would have ‘stayed indie’

Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q may be experiencing success with his major label debut album, Oxymoron, but the Los Angeles native revealed his mixed feelings about that success in a recent interview with CBS Local affiliate WZMX Hot 93.7. Q says that his popularity is booming, so much so that he’s even been offered his own line of bucket hats (those hats have become a bit of a trademark for Q), but he expressed reluctance with making any more “big money” deals too soon.

“Everybody wants me to do a line,” Q stated.  “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.”

He then compared signing an endorsement deal with signing with a major label, which he said he regrets.

“There’s no reason for me to do it; I already did wrong by signing a rap contract,” he said.  “I’m not talking about TDE, but how we ventured off with the majors.  I wish we would have still stayed indie. I don’t care about being on like 1,000 radios.  I love Interscope, but I wish I could have just stayed with TDE.”

In the same interview, Q also shared that the TDE camp won’t be putting out mixtapes any time soon.

“We don’t do mixtapes, we don’t put mixtapes out.  Everything we drop is an album — we don’t play that mixtape game,” the rapper explained to the Hot Morning Crew.  “We put all our time and effort into one project, to make it great, instead of doing songs for a tape.”

“That means you’re not focused on your album, once you do a mixtape,” he continued. “I don’t have time to be unfocused, working on my next album, for a mixtape. Isaiah [Rashad] dropped a project in iTunes and hit Billboard. Ab-Soul touched Billboard, Jay Rock touched Billboard, Kendrick [Lamar] touched Billboard, I’m gonna touch Billboard. SZA, she’s gonna drop her project and she’s gonna touch Billboard.”

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