Schoolboy Q may be from the West Coast but during a recent interview he broke down who it is from the East Coast that he really admires and looks to for influence. He said
I was inspired by a lot of East Coast rappers, from Mobb Deep, Biggie, even 50 Cent,.
He went on to explain that he believes some of the best rappers come from New York:
Nas is my favorite rapper. I also think Jay Z is the best rapper to ever rap, just because he’s at his age and what he’s doing and he still is relevant. He’s been doing it for years and [he’s] consistent. You like his album or not. The people liked it. I didn’t like everything Jay Z did. The majority of the people liked it, so that’s consistency.
He explained how he really got into New York rap first but that he’ll always have love for the West:
Everybody just expect me to say ‘Pac, Dogg Pound, everybody else. Cypress. It’s nothing against nobody from the Coast. I was just in the car as a kid coming up in the car with somebody who listened to East Coast music. My older cousin, all he would listen to was like East Coast stuff, like Nasand all them, so I had to get into that. I got into that first before I actually got into the other stuff.
Watch the full interview below!