IF YOU DON’T know the origin of the name, you must not be into hip-hop. Good grades and athletic participation were unique attributes for a teen caught up in South Central Los Angeles gang activity, and from then on, Quincy Matthew Hanley became known as ScHoolboy Q. His 2014 album, “Oxymoron,” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and he has toured alongside rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar in the supergroup Black Hippy. Now 32, Q is a devoted father who lives in a gated community and is a member of Calabasas (Calif.) Country Club. While his fans eagerly await a fifth studio album, we caught up with Q at his home track. Here ScHoolboy Q is interviewed by his regular golf buddy, Stephen Malbon, co-founder of L.A.-based clothing brand Malbon Golf.
HOW’D YOU GET INTO GOLF?
It was a bet. We were in the studio, and my boy starts talking crazy. He’s a fashion designer who grew up playing with his dad. He says golf’s too hard for me. Bets me 10 grand that I can’t make a birdie in two years. At this point, the only golfers I’d heard of were Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Arnold Palmer, and him only because of the drink. In less than 10 rounds I made a birdie, sank about a 70-foot putt, and it was over.
HE HOOKED YOU.
That first day, I was addicted. Coming from baseball, I couldn’t believe I could hit it so bad. I tried again and again. I finally hit