Fans have been clamoring for an album from Black Hippy, the TDE quartet made up of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul, for years now, but every so often, ScHoolboy reminds us all that it's not happening.
In a new interview with MONTREALITY, Q was (once again) asked about the prospect of the four emcees finally coming together to write, record and release a full-length Black Hippy album.
Whereas in the past, Q has stated that, while the foursome love one another, they "don't like rapping with each other no more" and "that's pretty old now," this time around, the GRAMMY-nominated rapper elaborated on why, specifically, the collaborative project is a pipedream.
"I don't see the time," Q said. "People don't understand when you're working on an album, you get into a groove. It's hard to stop that groove and zone you in and that vision you got to jump onto a whole new thing."
Since artists are often held to unrealistic standards by their most die-hard fans, Q knows that TDE's track record of well-thought-out, concept-driven albums would prevent the crew from simply mailing it in for the sake of satisfying their fan base.
"Everything we do [at TDE] is like a concept," Q continued. "We never sat down and said, 'Oh, we gotta do concepts,' it was just something that we've all done as artists. That's why we click so much... I can't say we'll be in the studio, getting a Black Hippy album ready—no matter how much y'all want it to happen. No matter how much Dave and the fans want it to happen."
Although this news is disappointing for anyone holding out hope for a Black Hippy full-length, it's encouraging to hear that Q and his labelmates believe in a quality over quantity methodology when it comes to releasing material.