Oxymoron

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #244 / 1004
User Score
Based on 744 ratings
2014 Ratings: #110
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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.

Marowhacker
71

Some super assured, personality-filled and creatively produced gangsta rap! I someHow Haven’t checked out a full ScHoolboy project up until now but I Had a great time with this project - it’s Hard not to get caugHt up in it’s aggressive, sligHtly Hazy vibe. There’s great features throughout, great production on most tracks, and while ScHoolboy isn’t the most unique or profound rapper He brings a lot of raw personality to the table that carries a lot of this record. ... read more

Rollo_P
83

There were three albums that helped introduce me to modern hip hop back in 2014, when I was a lil Rollo Jr. with my Pandora account and my Spiderman lunchbox.

The first was good kid, m.a.a.d. city. Don't think I gotta explain that one.

The second was Wolf. Younger people can transition into a medium easier if it can mesh well with accessible comedy, and Wolf was that album for me. I just enjoyed how blunt Tyler's humor was, especially contrasted with how jazzy the record was.

And the third ... read more

Seb_Harris
90

My 1000th rating! I'd like to reflect on my history of music nerd-ism since Oxymoron was one of my first "favourite" albums.

I got into hip-hop and music around 2007 or 2008 when my dad bought Dr. Dre's 2nd studio album "2001" and Beastie Boys' 4th album "Ill Communication" and popped them into the CD player in our car. From that moment on I fell in love with hip-hop, I'd constantly listen to the radio trying to find new music to listen to. I mostly grew up with ... read more

Tarantino2D
85

This is easily Schoolboy Qs best record in his discography, and very hard to hate on.

I honestly think that the only criticism that you could levy at this album is that parts of the production have not stood the test of time as well as older albums in other artists discographys. The club banger merging with the hardcore hip hop song style hasnt necessarily been in use for a while, which is why it can be hard to adjust to when most of what you've been listening has been newer hip hop.

I think ... read more

Lundmao
100

best 2014 album

ThisIsTristenT
87

Despite being honestly really inconsistent, the bars, flows, and instrumentals are gritty and a great listen. The features and Schoolboy's delivery sell this album greatly and push it to greatness.

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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