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 f### 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 t######, a##, and getting hands in the air. On Oxymoron, there is a plethora of that ignorant sh*t we love, magnified by beats that bang.
Schoolboy triumphs in an arena where many corny a## 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 a## 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
Personal Favorite Tracks: “Man Of The Year”, “Break The Bank”, “The Purge”,”Grooveline Pt. 2″