Working With Schoolboy Q on “White Walls”
Macklemore: “Q and I met at SXSW two years ago. Like a year and a half ago I guess. We were performing at the same show. We just chopped it up afterwards. We both watched each other’s set. We were feeling each other’s music. Kept in touch and I sent him one record. I didn’t hear back immediately. I was like, ‘Nah, that might not be the song.’ Shortly afterwards I was like, ‘I don’t like that song.’ I hit him up I was like, ‘Yo, that’s not the record.’ He was like, ‘I was feelin’ it. But it’s a little bit different than the shit I am used to.’ Q and I have way different styles.
That was the main thing with any sort of features we did for this album. I didn’t want them to be forced collaborations. I didn’t want it to be like, ‘Have my manager hit up your manager and we can figure it out.’ Q’s my homie. That’s how the best music is going to be made.
“He came into town to do a couple of shows. We were just kicking it. And the next day, we got into the studio and I played him a couple of beats. A couple of song ideas I had. He ended up picking a beat, the concept that I had was about Cadillacs. The song is called “White Walls.” It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album. It’s got my homegirl Hollis who sings the hook on it.
“It’s a song that you wouldn’t expect from me, but it’s completely who I am. I think Q and I balance each other well on the track. That was the main thing with any sort of features we did for this album. I didn’t want them to be forced collaborations. I didn’t want it to be like, ‘Have my manager hit up your manager and we can figure it out.’ Q’s my homie. That’s how the best music is going to be made. And I think that’s how that record turned out. Real organically, and not forced. It sounds that way. I didn’t want to go the route of paying for features and trying to do favors. Industry stuff. That’s corny to me. That’s not that way music should be made.
“I would like to [shoot a video.] He’s down. It’s a matter us of figuring something out. I know Q is down. I talked to him. He’s with it. It’s a matter of being at the same place at the same time. I am going on tour. I know that he’s going on tour. But, we’ll figure it out.”
“I don’t want to do the typical rap Cadillac video that’s been done 5,000 times. But at the same time, I do want to have that aesthetic of some classic rap shit with some cars in it. I want to do something creative with it that hasn’t necessarily been done. We’ll see. I am not sure yet.”