Ab-Soul Says ‘My Boss Is Not Kendrick’
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In an interview with Montreality, the TDE rapper clarified the relationship within Black Hippy. “I don’t want people to think that Kendrick is like Lil Wayne or like 50 Cent,” he said. “It’s not G-Unit. My boss is not Kendrick. Kendrick didn’t sign me. Kendrick didn’t add me to his group. This was a collective. Long before it was Black Hippy, we were all together.”
The 26-year-old California native makes it clear that he’s not an artist waiting in the wings while Kendrick stands in the spotlight. “I just wanted that to be known to the world. Don’t get the wrong idea. We’re not band members. We don’t just stand in the background and dance while Kendrick raps.”
The rapper has been publicly critical of media and fans who distinguish Kendrick as the leader of the group. Recently, XXL magazine’s new issue features Ab-Soul, Kendrick, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q on the cover with the tagline “Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy.” Those words resulted in Ab-Soul taking to Twitter to share his frustrations.
If y’all keep printing “Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy” I will remove myself from the group. Thanks.
— ab-soul (@abdashsoul) October 16, 2013