- Oxymoron

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 21 reviews
2014 Rank: #172 / 797
USER SCORE
75
Based on
135 ratings

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91
Consequence of Sound

The moral of Oxymoron, though, is that Q couldn’t have made a much better album being the rapper he is.

85
The 405

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.

80
Exclaim!

Rambunctious and irreverent, Oxymoron blasts bullet holes in the theory that gangsta rap can't sound fresh for 2014. 

80
AllHipHop

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.

80
The Line of Best Fit

For its occasional low ebbs, Oxymoron is an impressive display of bleak wit: ScHoolboy Q pits image against reality and myth against misery, trying to make a space for himself among the densely tangled contradictions of existence.

80
PopMatters

Unlike his previous efforts Oxymoron picks a brand of momentum and sticks to it, avoiding the peaks and surprises that have so often signified a ScHoolboy Q project.

78
Pitchfork

There isn’t a bad song in the bunch, but you get the sense that three albums in, Q’s readymade sense of what a Schoolboy Q album should sound like is as much a safety net prohibiting outright failure as it is a hindrance to true progression.

75
A.V. Club

That tight focus is Oxymoron’s greatest asset, though its hour runtime might have benefited from a few more verses from lighter presences like Lamar, if only because it’s refreshing to hear from somebody who doesn’t rap like he’s robbing you at knifepoint from time to time. 

75
Pretty Much Amazing

This is functional, engaging music, even exceptionally so, but it never seems to have a real, vested interest in being anything beyond that. 

70
AllMusic

The wonders never cease on this adventurous and street-tough effort, but they never sort themselves well, either, and with accessible highlights like "Blind Threats," "Break the Bank," and "Man of the Year" all bundled toward the end, this LP requires a surprising amount of patience

70
Sputnikmusic

What it lacks in punch it makes up for in being a more focused effort than its occasionally mixtape-esque brother, and thus, Oxymoron isn’t so much a backpedal for Q and TDE as it is a solid side-step.

70
HipHopDX

Given TDE’s ever-increasing appeal, Oxymoron isn’t quite an elite offering, but it meets the difficult task of attracting casual fans without straying too far from the formula that attracted ScHoolboy Q’s core audience.

70
Spin

Oxymoron, the rapper's third full-length and first for Interscope, is powered by the sturdy widescreen hedonism of Dr. Dre's The Chronic, full of well-rapped and witty lyrics about doing dirtbaggy things over top-shelf, endlessly fascinating, forever-morphing beats. 

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

In truth, Schoolboy Q is neither a great lyricist nor a technically dazzling rapper. In his own words, he stays in his lane. His greatest attribute by far is charisma: he has a raspy, distinctive voice, and his delivery is energetic and pliant.

noonoo97
79
Great album the badass gangster vibe really comes through but with some emotion as well. WELL produced and some great guest appearances to add to a good album.
dabreuc
88
Best hip-hop album of 2014. Highly listenable front to back with some crazy bangers.
Ideekay
75
FAVS: What They Want, Prescription/Oxymoron, Man Of The Year
io
74
A pretty decent, yet inconsistent, commercial gangster rap album. Some of his best songs are bundled with some that are near unlistenable. His elastic flow, catchy hooks and the usually good trap beats are what makes this album rather than deep lyrical imagery which other hip hop albums rely on.
BEST TRACKS: Gangsta, Break the Bank, Man of the Year, Hoover Street, Blind Threats
LEAST FAV TRACKS: What They Want (2 Chaniz guest verse.... ummm...), Hell of a Night (downright annoying)
rapmartin12
73
Stand-Out Tracks:
- Los Awesome
- Break The Bank
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DETAILS

February 25, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Top Dawg / Interscope / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Gangsta 
  2. Los Awesome [feat. Jay Rock] 
  3. Collard Greens [feat. Kendrick Lamar] 
  4. What They Want [feat. 2 Chainz] 
  5. Hoover Street 
  6. Studio [feat. BJ The Chicago Kid] 
  7. Prescription/Oxymoron
  8. The Purge [feat. Tyler, The Creator, Kurupt] 
  9. Blind Threats [feat. Raekwon]
  10. Hell Of A Night 
  11. Break The Bank
  12. Man Of The Year
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Added on: December 11, 2013