ScHoolBoy Q or I as I like to call him BucketMan Q officially released his debut album Oxymoron today. This album has been highly anticipated and it’s here now for all of us to take in. As any album it has versatile judgments and expectations. Like most of us I couldn’t sit there and wait while others dipped their fingers in this project, so I went ahead and listened to the leak. Today listening to the official album and holding it in my hand made my experience with Oxy different. Many thought the album didn’t meet the hype or was quite ordinary, but I had a completely different view than that. As I listened to the first two songs I was caught off guard, you hear Q going in hard on somewhat odd beats especially in “Los Awesome.” It’s strange, but that’s what makes Q very unique, he is versatile and can essentially go in on any beat.
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I really liked this album and I think it clearly meets its expectations. People are quick to judge this album just because it has an acronym attached to it. TDE, its TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT not K DOT ENTERTAINMENT. I feel that many were expecting an album similar to Good Kid M.A.A.D. City but thats false hope because ScHoolBoy is not Kendrick or a lyricist like Kendrick. They both are very unique and that’s what makes TDE special, their artist are extremely amazing and remain genuine to their style. I judge Oxymoron based on what we know of Q. I love that he goes hard as hell on some of these tracks like “What They Want”, “Break The Bank”, and obviously “Man Of The Year”. As we all know ScHoolBoy Q also likes to kick back and light up, and you can clearly get that chill vibe in the song “Groveline Pt. 2.”
Three songs that really caught my attention were “The Purge”, “Prescription/Oxymoron”, and “Hell Of A Night”. The Purge features Tyler, the Creator and Kurupt, the song is also produced by the Odd Future commander in chief. I love that ScHoolBoy Q not only went over an OF beat, but killed it showing his versatility as well as his progression. “Prescription/Oxymoron” is a duo song, the first half shows Q’s dark side and we hear him open up to some of his lowest points. “I cry when nothing’s wrong, I’m mad when peace is involved; My senses harmed, sluggish ruggish; A couple Xannies popped, open my pill box.” He is struggling to keep his composure without drugs and it’s consuming him. Halfway through the track, “Oxymoron” starts playing and it has an amazing beat with lyrics that compliment it perfectly. He talks about gang banging and selling drugs; the full on struggle. “Hell Of A Night” is an incredible song that diverges a bit from the albums sequence/flow, but I think it’s going to be a hit. It’s a song I can see being played around the nation at parties and clubs.
Overall I am really satisfied and impressed by Oxymoron, SchoolBoy Q laid out 15 great tracks and they were all up to par. It’s an album you can listen to from start to finish without skipping a track and to me there is nothing better than that. Some tracks make you think while others make you want to party and get rowdy. I tip my
hat bucket hat off to ScHoolboy Q for creating an excellent album to start off the year. Two out of Six from TDE….. who’s next…. SOUL??