Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
By Engineer James
A debut to some but a coming out party for most, Schoolboy Q released his third studio album, Oxymoron, in the last week of February 2014. With this release, this “Black Hippy Lieutenant” solidifies an esteemed position in modern hip hop.
Proving that he can excel in any environment, Q stands face to face with current rap king Kendrick Lamar on “Collard Greens” and doesn’t miss a step. He also shows his versatility with a nod to 2 Chainz on “What They Want,” displaying his southern prowess mixed with his distinct west coast flow.
“Hell of a Night” may be the most impressive song on the album. With the song solely dependent on Q, he attacks this urban pop track with such style that it’s easy to put it on repeat. With characteristics of Eminem’s “Superman,” Ludacris’s “Blueberry Yum Yum,” and Kanye West’s “Stronger,” it’s a hit regardless of chart position.
Never shying too far away from hip hop’s bread and butter, “Break The Bank” and “Man Of The Year” showcase his innate desire for women and money—acceptable because the album is not oversaturated with these references and his delivery is refreshing.
With a flow that hugs the music and lyrics that amuse and spark conversation, it wouldn’t be farfetched if Schoolboy Q gains a spot on your top 10 rappers of the year list.
Although this album is not for the overly impressionable or adolescent, Oxymoron really is exceptionally brilliant. It’s going to be very difficult for Schoolboy Q’s constituents to top this piece of work. – (9/10)
Engineer James also contributes to Seattle music blog Reaching Notoriety.