Oxymoron
Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2014 Rank: #185 / 827
User Score
Based on 192 ratings
February 25, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Top Dawg / Interscope / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

Oct 22, 2017
pouls
NR
An inconsistent and at times uninteresting album from Schoolboy Q that is saved because of the select few highlights in the track list. One of those instances in which Q showcased potential but never truly fleshed out that potential because of the track list's inconsistency.

Best songs: Hoover Street, The Purge, Break The Bank, Man of the Year
Worst song: Gangsta
Oct 7, 2017*
ASAPbroccoli
75
This album is solid showing of weed induced party anthems and sobering street cuts.
Q's voice guarantees that he will never make a bad record.
Oct 24, 2016
85
Gangsta - 7.5/10
Los Awesome - 7/10
Collard Greens - 9/10
What They Want - 8/10
Hoover Street - 9.5/10
Studio - 8/10
Prescription/Oxymoron - 8/10
The Purge - 4/10
Blind Threats - 6/10
Hell Of A Night - 8/10
Break The Bank - 8.5/10
Man Of The Year - 8.5/10
Jul 28, 2016
CxAylward
63
he definitely has the most potential of the TDE lot but consistency seems to be a huge problem for Q
Jun 14, 2015
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.
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


Added on: December 11, 2013