ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: It’s stuff you may have gone through through the first album and it’s not ‘til you get to your fourth, fifth album that — you think it was real and your experience was real then. And then you get to that fourth, fifth album, youlike, “Wow.” A whole nother.
SCHOOLBOY Q: Yeah, I’m already knowing.
MUHAMMAD: You just gotta be in tune, to feed off of that creatively to deliver it and be honest about it. Honesty is missing in a lot of places, so the whole art form in itself is suffering. But then you come with your side of things — nothing false in it and it’s so real — and people, they feel that. It balances things out a little bit.
SCHOOLBOY Q: Man, it’s crazy. I honestly don’t believe nobody under 24 will really understand it though. Because the way music is now — the music is so soft. Like gangster rap music is never respected now. They call it no substance now. I know this is way off subject but, like, what makes you think Waka Flaka and them is not — Gucci Mane is not speaking substance. Like Gucci Mane is from the hood, he’s talking about hood tales, you know what I’m saying — that is substance. People mistake gangster music for no substance now.
ScHoolboy Q on Microphone Check