Sitting down with journalist Peter Bailey for a lengthy interview, ScHoolboy Q credited Kendrick Lamar for pulling him out of depression with an opportunity to tour and make music. Referencing a period of self-doubt leading up to 2012, Q detailed his struggle with depression.
“I would say that I really believed that 2012 was gonna happen at a point because I was so down and out,”
he said of fears of an apocalypse.
“Like when you mad, you say and do things that you may not even really mean or noone will know what you’re saying. It’s just in the moment. When you’re dealing with depression, it’s the same thing it’s just over a long period of time. It ain’t just a day. Think about being mad. When you mad you say something…it’s momentary. Imagine that the whole day. It becomes depression. Stress and depression.”
When asked about how he was able to return to good-health, ScHoolboy Q referenced his opportunity to continue rapping.
“TDE. Kendrick. Honestly, Kendrick Lamar more than anybody. He put me on the road with him. Made me his hypeman. Put some money in my pocket. Top was behind me. Punch was behind me. But mainly Kendrick was the one that showed me that this is for real. We could really eat off this shit. Not even just eat off this shit. This is something you like to do, why not love it?”