Album
Oxymoron
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User Reviews
Artist
Schoolboy Q

Oxymoron by Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 18 reviews
2014 Rank: #100 / 576
USER SCORE
74
Based on
67 ratings

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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
Hip Hop DX

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.

User Reviews
rapmartin12
73
Stand-Out Tracks:
- Los Awesome
- Break The Bank

JAM
71
When listening to Oxymoron, I find myself confused and a bit frustrated. Half of the songs on the album are outstandingly well-produced and have a smooth flow. Those moments are Schoolboy Q's best of his career so far. But, the other half tracks on this album are terrible to the point that i can't listen to them..

Pros: On the better parts of the album, the Production is tight and the tracks are outstanding. Some of my favorite songs of the year to be honest..

Cons: Incredibly ... read more

75
ScHoolboy Q continues the theme of his discography of doing bad things with good contradictions or for a good reason. Best tracks are Gangsta, Collard Greens, Hoover Street, Hell Of A Night, Break The Bank, Man Of THe Year. Also, Perscription/Oxymoron is a sad introverted song up to par with Blessed from Q's last album. Great Album.

86
A darker side of Q than Habits and Contradictions, which may be inferior in overall mood and flow, but is superior in gritty and memorable songs. Q even provides radio-ready pop hits like Studio, Collared Greens and Los Awesome.

SiberianBreaks
78
The album can get inconsistent at times, the hooks can get irritating, and the lyrics aren't very strong either. But the production is fantastic and the guests featured do a great job in the songs they are featured in.

Favourite tracks: Break The Bank, Collard Greens, Blind Threats, Gangsta, Los Awesome, Prescription/Oxymoron

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DETAILS

RELEASED: February 25, 2014
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Top Dawg / Interscope
GENRE: Hip Hop
WEBSITE: www.schoolboyq.com
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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