Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron – Review


School Boy Q is a big name in the hip hop world at the moment, releasing his first mix tape entitled “ScHoolBoy Turned Hustla” in 2008 and dropping his first independent album “Setbacks” in 2011 and following it up with “Habits and Contradictions” over a year later, all of which gaining him a following and critical praise. School Boy Q has recently dropped his first major label debut with Interscope recorders entitled “Oxymoron”.

Q is a member of West Coast hip-hop collective Black Hippy alongside Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul and is the second from the group to release an album on Interscope Records, following Kendrick Lamar’s 2012-drop “good kid m.A.A.d city”. Q’s album was leaked in early 2014 to very positive results from hip-hop fans, music bloggers and music publication.

The album explores themes of gang culture, fatherhood, depression, drug use as well selling drugs and poverty, all of which is done in a way that actually makes the album quite uplifting rather than being an album full of negative vibes.

The first track “Gangster” is a perfect opener, Q’s flow works very well with the almost drill music style production which really personifies the aggression in the lyrics and in Q’s voice.

Other stand out tracks include “Collard Greens”, which features Kendrick Lamar, this track is a bit more upbeat and mainly about the difference in lifestyle from when Q was growing up and where he is now, Lamar’s verse has a very good flow and the two MCs seem to have a lot of chemistry. “The Purge” is another stand out track, with a nice half-time feel, a hook from Tyler, The Creator and a verse from Kurupt it has a different vibe from the other tracks and provides a nice change in the track list and compliments the the tracks either side of it.

The album features a large number of MCs on various tracks including Raekwon, Jay Rock and A$AP Rocky, all of which add something to the tracks they are on. With the album’s mix of old school and new school Hip Hop, as well as it’s multitude of guest stars it’s defiantly worth a listen, as if this is any indication of his future career Schoolboy Q will most definitely follow up with something even better.

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