Growing Up In L.A. & Playing Football

Schoolboy Q: “I grew up in L.A. on 51st Street, a few minutes away from the Staples Center and the USC campus. My childhood was good. I got whatever I wanted. My grandma was really there for me. I wasn’t like one of them rappers who were super poor coming up, but I wasn’t rich either. My mom—she did what she could for me.

“I played football from when I was six years old until I was 21. I didn’t have to do gang-banging; I made that choice. I could’ve made the choice to keep playing sports but I just started to do both.

 

When I was in school, all the homies called me Schoolboy. I had a 3.3 in high school, before f*cking up my senior year gang-banging. My name’s Quincy, so I just stick to Schoolboy Q.

 

“I played receiver, corner, and tailback. But in college, I just played receiver and returner. Two years I made All City. I fucked up on my shit. I couldn’t go to a university. I could’ve went to a Division II school, but my shit wouldn’t have gone [through because of my case]. I fucked up by gang-banging.

“I went to West L.A. college, I went to Southwest college, LACC, and Glendale. I didn’t really get the school like that. I would go to practice and go home. I wasn’t really paying attention in class. I was just in there making sure I did enough work so I could still be eligible. I wasn’t really trying to pass the class. I was just trying to be eligible to play football.

“When I was in school, all the homies called me Schoolboy. I had a 3.3 in high school, before fucking up my senior year gang-banging. My name’s Quincy, so I just stick to Schoolboy Q.

“I wish I was rapping then because I didn’t go nowhere with football, so I wish I was rapping then. That’s why I could really be in the mind state. I don’t regret football, I just wish I was rapping then. It would just make me better now.”