ScHoolboy Q has been nominated for two Grammys this year, an achievement he sees as a win whether or not he takes home an award. Speaking to Beats 1's Zane Lowe, the lyricist—whose "That Part" single is up for Best Rap Performance and Blank Face LP for Best Rap Album—realizes that it's an exception for him to even be recognized, saying:
“You see the type of rappers they put in the Grammys. They don’t put rappers like me. With me just being nominated, I won…You see Chance, Kanye, Drake, De La Soul. None of them are street rappers. Rap music came from the streets. Not knocking them. I love Chance’s music. I love Drake’s music. I love Kanye’s music. I’m [a] fan. But they never want to acknowledge that other part. The fact that 50 Cent, Snoop [Dogg], Nas, none of these guys ever won a Grammy, 2Pac didn’t win a Grammy, Biggie never won a Grammy. Why the artists like us never win the Grammy? We never get to walk up there and grab that Grammy. Everybody else do it, people that’s nice, people that’s kid-friendly music. You gotta have this whole little smiling thing about you. You gotta show up everywhere and shake hands and everybody gotta love you. What about the music though? What about the life? We are putting our life in our records.”
The rapper didn't attend the 2015 Grammys when his debut album Oxymoron was nominated because he didn't think he'd win. And he's considering skipping this one, too.
“I’m not a suit type of person. I’m not like a mingling…the smiling nigga…Nah, I don’t wanna do that. I made it here without doing that and I’ma stay doing me.”
However, there is one way he'll attend.
“My daughter wanna go. I think she said she wanted to go so I may go. If she says again that she wants to go then I’m gonna go but if she says she doesn’t want to go, then I’m not gonna go.”
And that's not the only way his daughter has influenced his actions; Q also mentioned during the interview that his new album will reflect a new side of him, "the father, the dude that’s actually happy."