Hey y’all it’s Cara back with a mini review. It’s been a minute since I reviewed an album
(life is hectic) but I’m back to take a quick look at the latest offering from the TDE crew, ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron.
Let’s be clear: Q is not the first rapper from LA with a gang affiliated/drug dealing background and probably won’t be the last. In a time when most rappers in the game are known for bragging how much money they have, how fly they are, and are known to show their emotional side, TDE’s ScHoolboy Q breezes through the genre like a breath of fresh air. Instead on his album Oxymoron, he shares an autobiographical tale of some sort. He delves into his experience being addicted to pills, he describes his history gang banging on the streets, and he also celebrates how he’s about to make it big because of the rap game. Q is as blunt as they come today. He doesn’t waste time waxing poetic sayings in a woman’s ear to get her panties to drop. He blatantly tells her that he’s gonna put his dick all up inside of her. While his bluntness is endearing, he still manages to let his creativity show with verses where he is speaking from a pill’s perspective and songs that show the contrast of him being an addict versus being a dealer that supplies addicts. Point blank, the man’s wordplay is insane and might go over your head if you aren’t paying close attention.
After the critical success of Q’s Habits & Contradictions along with the overall success of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, hip hop listeners were waiting with bated breath to see if Q could build on the success from the TDE camp while showing people that he too could be a viable opponent for Kendrick’s crown. Oxymoron is the type of album where one won’t be able to understand its appeal after one listen. It may take several listens for a person to truly understand the concept of the album. So if you’re looking for songs filled with radio ready singles, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for an album that takes a deep look into Q’s candid background as a pill addicted gang banger that keeps it gritty all the time, you’re in for a treat.
Favorite Song(s): “Studio” feat. BJ The Chicago Kid