From Lupe Fiasco to Jay Z, we're all used to hearing rappers threaten retirement and then never following through. But in a new interview with MTV, ScHoolboy Q says that he almost quit rap after the Oxymoron tour, and that he's not far off from quitting rap for good right now - all because of his daughter.
I toured a whole year, when I came back my daughter was doing different things, talking different. I'm at the crucial years of her life, she's only 7-years-old. Every time I go and come back she's doing something new. I got tired of missing that, I almost quit rap. Almost...almost happened. It comes to a point where you're starting to put music before your kids, your family, that's not what I signed up for. But, at the same time, it's what pays the bills and what I love to do, my daughter loves to see me do it too.
Can't hang it up yet, but it's getting close though to that point. I'm trying to be more of a father than a rapper that just runs around doing shows, interviews, pleasing everybody.
It might sound cliche, but while you can always make that album later, go on that tour later, you'll never be able to get back time with your children, and long after the fans and critics have stopped caring about you, your relationship with your children will be what sustains you until your dying day. Q's obviously had this realization, it's why he seems to make so many efforts to bring his daughter into this music, and while I'd hate to see one of my favorite rappers leave music, this would be one retirement decision I'd support wholeheartedly.
Children over everything - even music.
By Nathan S, the managing editor of DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.
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