ScHoolboy Q Didn’t Take Rapping Seriously Until 2010

ScHoolboy Q is dropping one of the rap’s most anticipated albums of the year with Oxymoron and is following up the release with a worldwide tour, but the TDE rapper didn’t take rap seriously until “2010 or 2011.” During his interview with Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club, Q explained his humble beginnings, and said his rap career started as Kendrick Lamar’s hypeman, doing shows for “30 people.”

“I was always the dude that had the charisma,” he explained when asked how he started doing K.Dot’s adlibs on stage. “I was always the people friendly one, the one who could take jokes and was the funny one. And that just gave me the mic. Top [Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith] agreed with it. They took me on the road, and I was like just ‘YAWK! YAWK! YAWK! YAWK!”

ScHoolboy then elaborated on how he rapped all along, but wasn’t serious until that moment. “I was trying [to rap] but I wasn’t really that [serious], I wasn’t that [motivated],” he explained. “It wasn’t until 2010, 2011 when I got into that mode where it was like, ‘This is what I really want to do.”

Watch the full interview above, which also includes Q discussing wanting the world to end, not having a hit record, refusing to stay at his mom’s house, his excitement level towards Oxymoron‘s releasing next week, his relationship with Kendrick Lamar, and much more.