Schoolboy Q: “I was gang-banging at 12. I was a Hoover Crip. My homies were doing it and I wanted to do it. I can’t really explain that. I didn’t get into it [having beef] with another hood or anything like that. I was just following the leader.
“I wasn’t thinking about it like it was nothing. When I was 16, it got real for me, like, ‘Damn, I’m really gang-banging.’ It’s all good—it got me to where I am now. I probably wouldn’t be rapping these bars if I didn’t gang-bang. I got shit to talk to about. I got a lot of aggression in my music and it probably wouldn’t be there if I didn’t gang-bang. 16 to 21, I was like, ‘Yeah, this is what I do.’ I stopped gang-banging like four months before Setbacksdropped.
I didn’t make a whole lot of money selling crack or weed or any of that. I made a lot of money selling Oxycontin. I used to go out of town and get it. You just sit back, your homie tell you about this person, and that person spread the word. And then they come to you.
“I was selling Oxycontin. I sold crack a little bit, but I didn’t make a whole lot of money selling crack or weed or any of that. I made a lot of money selling Oxycontin. I used to go out of town and get it. You just sit back, your homie tell you about this person, and that person spread the word. And then they come to you. You don’t need to get that hype.
“So I was selling all types of shit. Got beat up, beat shit up. When I was 21 I got arrested and went to jail. I got a felony charge and they gave me a strike too. I don’t be putting out what my charge was but it wasn’t a sexual thing.
“Gang-banging is not the same as it once was. That shit is all watered down now, gang-bang ain’t up to what all these niggas that be shooting all these videos make it look like. Because you go over there the next day [to where they shot the video] and ain’t nobody be partying.
“Don’t get me wrong, niggas is still gang-banging but its only a handful of people that are actually gang-banging. I think people are starting to get to the point where it’s really not cool. It’s cool to listen to the music and all that shit. But to be actually out there playing with your life? People got too much to gain and too much to lose. The Internet is probably saving lives.”