Oxymoron - ScHoolboy Q
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

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  • Summary: The major label debut release for the Los Angles rapper features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kurupt, Jay Rock, Raekwon, Suga Free, and Tyler The Creator.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 91
    It’s something special, just like it was always planned to be.
  2. Feb 25, 2014
    85
    Make no mistake, Oxymoron is rather brilliant, and provides a perfect foundation to build upon in later releases. An exciting release from an exciting artist.
  3. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    Through varied production, Q strikes a balance between his hard persona and the party vibe found on Habits’ catchiest tracks.
  4. 75
    The height at which Oxymoron’s target is set is not very impressive, but the precision and showmanship with which it’s hit deserves commendation.
  5. Mar 13, 2014
    70
    While Oxymoron is never dull, thanks to Q’s indisputable skills as a rapper and beat selector, by its conclusion you’ll wish he’d given less of its runtime over to his gangsta persona and more to exploring his own identity.
  6. Feb 27, 2014
    70
    ScHoolboy Q comes off like the dude who gives in to all the peer pressure, constantly on the verge of betraying his talents and smarts just to fit in and be one of the bros. The weirder he gets, the better.
  7. Mar 7, 2014
    50
    Ultimately, nothing hangs together long enough to enable a consistent or enjoyable listening experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    10
    This album is what I was excpecting from schoolboy q. It was a very enjoyable gangster rap album with plenty of bangers. I am giving it a 10This album is what I was excpecting from schoolboy q. It was a very enjoyable gangster rap album with plenty of bangers. I am giving it a 10 because people had mixed opinions about the leak and I think it deserves a higher score than people have been giving it. I love all the singles and songs like blind threats and prescription/oxymoron. Very good album. Just don't expect it to be like Good Kid m.A.A.d city Expand
  2. Feb 26, 2014
    10
    This is the album which portrays the "m.A.A.d city" to Kendrick Lamar's "good kid", with Schoolboy Q adopting a variety of flows,This is the album which portrays the "m.A.A.d city" to Kendrick Lamar's "good kid", with Schoolboy Q adopting a variety of flows, instrumentals and musical personas. Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2014
    9
    Schoolboy Q has made the best west coast hip-hop album of the year. This album is helping revive Gangsta Rap and it is one of the best hip-hopSchoolboy Q has made the best west coast hip-hop album of the year. This album is helping revive Gangsta Rap and it is one of the best hip-hop albums of the year. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    8
    Bumping, loud, raw and dope. Q gets his things straight and drops a dime with this project, although it may look like obnoxious and basic atBumping, loud, raw and dope. Q gets his things straight and drops a dime with this project, although it may look like obnoxious and basic at times, he gets things done and puts his own stamp on it. At first it's easy to get lost and frustrated, very fast. But with some time on it, you get caught by Q's powerful and banging voice, along with the deluxe production featured. At times Q may sound weak in lyrics, or substance, but for real you can count those with one hand. Q shows how he can be an overall threat for any rapper out there, getting his oxy music as realer as it gets. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2014
    7
    Make no mistake; Schoolboy has an unbelievable talent, and for the future, this could foreshadow for very good things in hip-hop. OnMake no mistake; Schoolboy has an unbelievable talent, and for the future, this could foreshadow for very good things in hip-hop. On "Oxymoron," Q holds nothing back...or at least that's what he wants you to think. For a good part of the album, you almost get the impression that he could do so much more, and for the other part, you are satisfied beyond belief. This record has good production here and there, but with consistent production, Q could really make a deep crack in the genre of West Coast gangster rap. For now though, the catchy hooks and dangerous choruses will have to do, which is great in itself, as this album is a very solid addition to his arsenal. Standout tracks for me would be the proud-gangster bump with TDE's Jay Rock of "Los Awesome," the trippy "Collard Greens" collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, and (though I've gotten criticism for this) the simply-produced, dangerous track with Tyler, The Creator, "The Purge." Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2014
    6
    A decent attempt for his first major label album but there are just far too many areas that detract from the bottom line. The album startsA decent attempt for his first major label album but there are just far too many areas that detract from the bottom line. The album starts out with great energy but that translates into a lot of yelling more so than a controlled, powerful delivery with conviction. There is also far too much vocal layering (echoing) that muffles the clarity of getting the message through. There are a number of instances of lyrical laziness, particularly on Collard Greens with K.Dot slaying him with pace changes and double time (and content). Then to follow up that with just keeping pace with a very inferior lyricist in 2 Chaniz on the next track. There are areas of superiority - the underlying message with his daughter sprinkled in through the tracks ties things together a little though it is in no way a concept album. A stand out is diffidently Hell of a Night with great production and a baseline that sucks you in and wont let go. Many themes are repeated from Habits & Contradictions but are not communicated as effectively or with as much skill (i.e. oxy music, hands on the wheel). Lastly, to wrap up the album with a dense trap beat didn't do any favors.

    I've spun this five times now... we'll see how it soaks in over the next week or two but to take a quote from hiphopdx comments section from a 'john smith', which I think hit the nail on the head: This is no doggystyle off the back of the chronic or all eyez on me off the back of dogg food when thinking about how Oxymoron follows up Good Kid Madd City.
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  7. Feb 27, 2014
    1
    The worst album i have ever heard bar none. Not only is it boring. its not even good. lyrics are boring. beats are flat, bad order of songs.The worst album i have ever heard bar none. Not only is it boring. its not even good. lyrics are boring. beats are flat, bad order of songs. just a poor effort from Quincy. Expand

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