ScHoolboy Q, the Grammy-nominated rapper from Los Angeles, has stirred up some controversy with his recent remarks on the Back on Figg podcast. In the interview, he discussed his upcoming album, his views on the rap game, and his personal life. What caught the attention of many listeners was his subtle jab at rappers who release albums every year.
Did ScHoolboy Q Diss Drake on the Back on Figg Podcast?
ScHoolboy Q explained that he is not one of those rappers who needs to drop an album every year, because his music comes from the heart and it is made with passion. He said that rappers who drop every year are only doing it to make money. In his own words, he said to the affect of, “your favorite rapper needs to drop every year, because they need chili”, by chili he meant money.
Some people are speculating that ScHoolboy Q was taking shots at Drake, the Canadian superstar who has released eight studio albums since 2010, along with a plethora of unofficial albums that he called ‘mixtapes’. Drake is known for his prolific output and his dominance on the charts. He has achieved twelve number-one albums on the Billboard 200, and eleven number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100. He is also among the best-selling music artists in history, with 170 million records sold worldwide.
Other people think that ScHoolboy Q was not talking about Drake, because they claim that Drake has so much money that there is no way he is releasing albums, because he is hurting for cash. Drake is reportedly worth $250 million as of 2023, and he has multiple sources of income besides music, such as endorsements, investments, and his own record label, OVO Sound. He also owns a lavish mansion in Toronto, which he calls “The Embassy”.
So far, neither ScHoolboy Q nor Drake has responded to the speculation. However, this is not the first time that the two rappers have been involved in a potential beef. In 2016, ScHoolboy Q released a song called “THat Part”, which featured Kanye West. In the song, Kanye rapped, “Wifey gonna kill me, she the female OJ / Y’all don’t feel me, man this ain’t okay”.
Some fans interpreted this as a reference to Drake’s song “4PM in Calabasas”, where he rapped, “All you boys in the new Toronto want to be me a little / All your exes know I like my O’s with a V in the middle”. The O and V are seen as symbols of Drake’s OVO brand.
Whether ScHoolboy Q was dissing Drake or not, it is clear that he has a different approach to making music than his fellow rapper. ScHoolboy Q conveyed that he takes his time to craft his albums, and that he does not care about sales or awards. He conveyed that he only cares about making music that resonates with his fans and himself. He conveyed that he is not in competition with anyone, and that he respects all artists who are true to themselves. You can’t hate on that.