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  • Summary: A$AP Rocky, Dom Kennedy, Curren$y, and Kendrick Lamar are some of the guests on the Los Angeles rapper's second album on Top Dawg Entertainment.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 88
    The key is confidence. Moments that would be cringe-inducing if delivered by the less intrepid come across as triumphant.
  2. Apr 4, 2012
    Habits & Contradictions is a pleasurable listen with head-scratchingly pretty samplings and lyrics more or less liberated from value care of Q's devotion to "weed and brews" and the delirious enjoyment of something so simple as saying "fuck" a lot.
  3. Jan 27, 2012
    Habits & Contradictions may be no follow-up to fellow Kendrick Lamar's Section .80, but ScHoolboy Q definitively shines through as a formidable rapper with immense future potential.
  4. Jun 20, 2012
    Q's energetic, exuberant delivery is frames by some impressive and varied production throughout. [Jun 2012, p.108]
  5. Jan 27, 2012
    It may have its moments of aggression, but ultimately Habits & Contradictions is often a more quiet and thoughtful album.
  6. Feb 17, 2012
    Many of its strongest tracks are those that see Q take his foot off the gas, playing to more traditional communicative strengths in hip-hop.
  7. Feb 17, 2012
    He's certainly dextrous enough as a rapper to accommodate this musical schizophrenia, bobbing and weaving with a raw aggression that also serves to mask that he has little to say. [Mar 2012, p.69]

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Feb 18, 2012
    Very classic album Schoolboy Q did it again. His mixtapes & albums are instant classics. He taking hip hop by storm and he's bringing it back to the top of the food chain Collapse
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    TDE! Dope from start to finish. Sacreligious, Hands on the Wheel, Blessed, and There He Go are my favorites. I desperately need a Black Hippy album (kendrick lamar, ab soul, schoolboy q, and jay rock) The songs they have now are so freaking good. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2012
    Schoolboy Q is the most exciting thing to happen to rap since 2004. He distills the raw "Gangsta rap" sound of the early-'90s and combines it with relevant, white-hot lyrics that are sure to have hip hop heads noddin'. Highlights include "Sacrilegious", "Oxy Music", "Hands on the Wheel" and "There He Go". Expand
  4. Feb 12, 2012
    Nothing new, but definitely a good album, well produced and performed better. From an independent album, perhaps one can not expect better, but between "Section.80" and "Habits & Contraddiction" certainly prefer Schoolboy Q. Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2013
    ScHoolboy Q is probably on the same level as A$AP Rocky in that his subject matter is very limited. Lyrically he's not the best in TDE. But why he stands out in the group is he can make music on the level of the listener. I'm a huge fan of Kendrick Soul but you can make the arguement that sometimes they are TOO preachy. Q is not that kind of artist, he tells it to you like it is. And this album proves it. The first 3 songs: Sacrilegious, There He Go and Hands On The Wheel are very dark tracks. There He Go is him changing his voice so he sounds ADD-ish, like Nicki Minaj only better. Sacrilegious is a song about broken promises, how he doesn't follow a religion and so on. While Hands On The Wheel is mostly dark because of the beat and the sample of some chick performing Pursuit Of Happiness. But the song is pretty much about what he Rocky love: weed brews. Blessed is a personal song. While My Homie tells a story about how one of his best friends him over. Some more songs that stand out are Oxy Music, Raymond 1969, Druggies With Hoes Again and Nightmare On Figg St. My issue is that while he does try to do a lot. Not everything goes well, the last song gets really repetitive and annoying, Sex Drive isn't that good, Sexting isn't better and Gangsta In Designer is a really pointless song. But overall Q dropped a dope album. I can't say it's great though because it's too spotty. Expand