AHH ALBUM REVIEW: Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron

First things first, if you are copping this album with the intention of experiencing some profound intellectual awakening, you should immediately put your hands on the wheel and swerve all the fuck away. Oxymoron listening sessions (especially in the whip) will no doubt produce a visceral experience that will slap the Kufi right off your dome. The hallmark of a superior group is that each member brings something fresh to the table, and while Ab Soul and Kendrick are rightfully regarded for their conscious lyrical content, the self-proclaimed man of the year is more concerned with titties, ass, and getting hands in the air. On Oxymoron, there is a plethora of that ignorant sh*t we love, magnified by beats that  bang.

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Schoolboy triumphs in an arena where many corny ass dudes fail because of his fearless approach to the art of creating so-called vain content; a rapper who truly spits whatever is on his mind, like on “Gangsta,” where Schoolboy states: “My Grandma showed me my first strap” not even a full 2 minutes into the album. The most sophisticated way to describe Schoolboy’s blatant rapping style is like the homie sitting at KFC going h.a.a.m. on a bucket of chicken with no regard as to how his appearance comes across to others, especially females, like on “Studio,” where Schoolboy speaks about his love interest with the sensitivity of a gentleman and a stoner.

Even though there is an abundance of features, they surely don’t detract from Q’s presence on the album. It may be of no surprise that Kurupt (“The Purge”) and Raekwon (“Blind Threats”) come through on their respective joints, but the best collaboration is by far “Groveline Pt. 2,” where Schoolboy and Suga Free make a certified jam gloriously laced with a g-funky ass feel.

While real thinkers will inevitably crucify Ab Soul’s TDE brother for his lack of “conscious” content, there is no doubt that Q is definitely serious about his craft. Songs like “Break The Bank” and “Hoover Street” are introspective departures from the more radio-geared tracks featured on the album. While I have no doubts that Kendrick’s next official release could potentially provide a solution for world hunger buried within the musical confines, in the meantime Oxymoron is a damn good soundtrack for fun frivolities and all things whip-related.



Lyricism – 9/10
Production – 10/10
Album Cohesiveness –8/10
Replay value –9/10
Overall –8/10

Personal Favorite Tracks: “Man Of The Year”, “Break The Bank”, “The Purge”,”Grooveline Pt. 2″

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  • don king

    Lyricism – 9/10
    Production – 10/10
    Album Cohesiveness –8/10
    Replay value –9/10

    Overall –8/10
    how can u give him 2 9s 1 10 n just 1 8, but its all 2gether a 8??? makes no sense. (9+9+10+8)/4=9

  • nloren

    would’ve been a decent review but you kept missing the dash from Ab-Soul’s name so it’s trash

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  • 7yoyo7

    I plan on buying the album , still haven’t listened to it yet I’m waiting for the CD release to bump it in my car.

    But I definitely DON’T expect it to be a 9/10… Overhyped BS.

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  • Lil B’s 13th Disciple

    There’s so many dumbass’ (mostly drake and YMCMB stans that hate kendrick and therefore hate everything he is affiliated with because of control, including TDE) that hate on this album, yet the reviews persistently are in favour of Q’s album, not saying that good reviews inevitably mean that the selected reviewed album is good, but they should surely hold some weight with concise breakdowns of the album, with justified valid points. I feel as though, in this current state of hiphop, people aren’t keen on listening to a challenging or “different” project from an artist, “Yeezus”, Danny browns “old”, Earl and Tylers “Doris” & “Wolf”, Kid cudi’s “indicud”, Killer Mike & EL-P’s “Run the jewels” shows that, anything thats sonically foreign is something the general hiphop community is not willing to listen to, or indulge in, it’s sad, because alot of MC’s are becoming incredibly innovative and are not getting the respect they deserve.

    • McGlock

      I cant help but agree with your comment.

      • Lil B’s 13th Disciple

        Lol, thanks bro. It is annoying that people always settle within their comfort zone in this genre now, thats why basic mediocre and underwhelming ass LP’s do so well commercially, but most people who expand their musical taste realize there’s so many more avenues to explore, shit, hiphop has sub-genres that are dope.

    • Kil47

      Agreed. That’s exactly why I love the current state of hip-hop. Doris, Wolf, OLD, RTJ were all amazing to me. They’re each pushing the boundaries of stereotypical rap music. Add all those guys to the likes of TDE, Beast Coast, Action Bronson, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and a lot more and I think rap is the best it’s been in a decade.

      I’ve been bumping Oxymoron all day. Really dope. Q has the best gangster rap out right now IMO. The thematics of gangster rap have been the same for a while. But Q brings a refreshing take on it.

      • King Royalty Princely Rich

        Where are yall from. I cant find anyone from NY who appreciates the guys yall mentioned. These are the new raps. Vic Mensa’s Innatape mixtape was very good. Doris is one of my favs for 2013. Chance the rapper is insane. Along with Danny Brown. You two are the first people i seen you have bunched these guys together. I thought i was the only one who thought these guys had something special. Thos are all that i listen to. Beast coast are just plain beasts. Every last one of them! Since yall appreciate new music, yall must check out Kembe X and Alex Wiley from Chi. They are the leaders of the Village with Isaiah Rashad as a member. Kembe X is serious. I hope him and Q do a song together! Damn kind of excited i finally see some real music listeners. Not hating on anyone else but im excited with these new crops of music we’ve been receiving for the past few years. Like i said…check out Kembe X. Young dude from Chicago.

  • Emilione

    Outkast is my favourite group, especially Andre3000 and i feel like TDE carry the torch..Very creative as far as flows, lyrics and sometimes sound-wise. GKMC and Oxymoron are BY far the best “commercial” rap albums in recent years to me..On another note i wish Detox would come out with TDE as the foundation..Kendrick, Schoolboy, Ab-soul and Jay Rock are all at the beginning of their legacy with crazy hunger and talent.To me it would be an instant classic..! But will never happen i guess.

    • johnblacksad

      Detox? really?!

      Dre can take back Chronic 2001 and never release Detox and I wouldn’t care

  • carlos1993

    People have a tendency to dismiss ScHoolboy Q unnecessarily because they may not agree with the braggadocios subject matter of his content or his lines that appear to seemingly endorse drug use and promiscuous sex.

    Understand that Q differentiates himself from the majority of other rappers doing the same thing with his approach; While most rappers speak about these topics proudly, ScHoolboy Q approaches them from an angle which views as addictions of sort, an issue he is unable to break free of because of the environment he was raised within. He’s a product of his environment and relishes the opportunity to bring people into his world.

    Sure, he may not be spiritually conscious like Ab-Soul (that dude is like a modern day Plato to me) but in terms of mainstream hip-hop, he is one of the only ones worth listening to. I listened to the entire album upon its leak and thoroughly enjoyed it. I certainly plan to purchase it tomorrow upon release.

    • Mooseda

      So endorsing any sort of addiction/environments/scenarios where you cant break free from, is something to glorify? Do you think mentioning all these empty boasts is going to help the ears of the people listening or make them believe that they gotta go through that same path to get where he’s at? It strikes me odd that the content is what people stand for, so strongly might I add, yet its deteriorating the people. I agree with some of what you’re saying but whether the different approach is there or not, its a path that’s being demonstrated as “ok”.

      • carlos1993

        Good questions.

        Understand his music, first off, is aimed at adults who have the fortitude to differentiate between entertainment and reality, as well as the fortitude to recognize that Q did not succeed because of drugs and instead is one of the lucky few who was able to use them and not suffer immensely (and he still did, to a degree).

        I was praising the album for its themes, lyricism, beats and content, not necessarily endorsing the abuse of drugs.

      • Mooseda

        I feel you, I just wish the content was developed better. I’ve been listening to hip-hop/rap since 93-94. So I can say for myself I have heard transitions and trends in music for a long time. I feel like since music is so much more accessible and more catered to the audience..that we got desensitized to a lot of the content over the years. I eventually got just turned off by most of the themes and standards these lyrics are setting. That’s probably why I am so critical towards these little minute details. I remember hearing the first few songs from Q on hotnewhiphop before anyone really knew who he was, and I knew I loved the dude’s style from the jump. He’s the only rapper past few years or so to really get me to still love society’s rap. He’s got a different style that I absolutely respect. But the content before he got big wasn’t so dark and maybe Ill say, influenced by his environment, like most other artists. It just saddens me to see that effect on artists that I’m inspired by.

      • carlos1993

        I completely feel you. This album was intentionally dark. Check out Q’s interview with NPR if you get a chance; he addresses why this album has such a dark tone.

        The interviewer said that even on “Setbacks” and “Habits & Contradictions”, there were still party-type joints and upbeat tracks like “Blessed”. He inquired why Q decided to make the album void of those and so dark and Schoolboy said it’s because there is a chronology to the story he is telling.

        As time goes on, the material will become much more positive. Right now, on this album, he is reflecting on a life of crime marred by a drug addiction. Slowly, he will transition away from that. Think of Eminem for instance. Many of the songs on his first major label debut (The Slim Shady LP) were extremely dark and downright depressing. But compare that to his subsequent albums and there is a notable change in tone.

        I suspect Q is on a similar path.

      • Mooseda

        Ill contact you in a couple years and see what happened to Q then lol. God bless

      • carlos1993

        Lmaoooo. I look forward to it.

        God bless you too, buddy. Thanks for the nice conversation.

  • Andrew GongDaddy Thomas

    It wasn’t as good as Common’s “Be” or The Game’s Documentary

    • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

      Well you don’t say.

  • kenneth randall

    everyone forgets Jay Rock 🙁
    Follow Me Home was better in my opinion

  • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

    It’s decent…..I would not have given 8/10. Probably like 6/10. I mean just using kendrick’ s album as a comparison I would have given it 9/10…….so there is no way I could give this a score just below gkmc.

  • trapstar3

    absolute CLASSIC!!!!

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