Oxymoron

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 165 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: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  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: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  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. Mar 26, 2015
    7
    7.4/10................................................................................................................................................
  6. Mar 6, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Oxymoron had to be one of the most anticipated rap albums of 2014, releasing singles like Man of tHe Year, Break tHe Bank and Collard Greens. It had high expectations, both musically and commercially. In my opinion, it met the musical expectation fairly well. Though ScHoolboy is not the most lyrical rapper out there, his storytelling ability and his ability to capture you into songs stands out, making you unable to ignore some of these songs. Production-wise, this album is pretty good, with some great production on tracks like Man of tHe Year and Collard Greens (wise decision to make them singles), Los Awesome and the Tyler, the Creator-produced track The Purge. Its concept is nothing REALLY new to rap, but the way ScHoolboy tells it, offering different perspectives, enlightens it more, adding to its originality.

    Overall: 7.5/10, but Metacritic doesn't accept decimals, so I gave it a 7/10.
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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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