Oxymoron [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
While his labelmate and friend Kendrick Lamar was jumping on Imagine Dragons remixes and counting up his Grammy nominations, rapper Schoolboy Q remained the Top Dawg Entertainment label's strongest link to the left-field hip-hop. His highly anticipated 2014 effort Oxymoron was even previewed by the brilliant single "Collard Greens," a track where luxury and soul food clashed over a shuffling house music beat courtesy of the aptly named production crew THC, but that's about as easy as it gets on this grim and gutsy full-length. Think of Styles P, Young Buck, or maybe even Mobb Deep attacking abstract art the ski mask way and the brain-melting, coke game commentary called ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
While his labelmate and friend Kendrick Lamar was jumping on Imagine Dragons remixes and counting up his Grammy nominations, rapper Schoolboy Q remained the Top Dawg Entertainment label's strongest link to the left-field hip-hop. His highly anticipated 2014 effort Oxymoron was even previewed by the brilliant single "Collard Greens," a track where luxury and soul food clashed over a shuffling house music beat courtesy of the aptly named production crew THC, but that's about as easy as it gets on this grim and gutsy full-length. Think of Styles P, Young Buck, or maybe even Mobb Deep attacking abstract art the ski mask way and the brain-melting, coke game commentary called "The Purge" -- produced by Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator -- becomes a horrorshow highlight, with lyrics like "my glock is your f**k buddy" coming off just as dire as they need to be. "Prescription/Oxymoron" addresses Q's pain pill addiction and recovery with lurching electro and vivid, disgraced lyrics that are in the throes of depression ("My daughter calls, I press 'Ignore'") while other highlights are more a sum of their parts, as producer Pharrell Williams returns to gangsta music with the hard beats he lays under "Los Awesome," then the organic and ominous "Hoover Street" bubbles like a lava lamp and the not-so-awful sub-genre of psychedelic hip-hop is born. 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, especially for an album with "featuring 2 Chainz" on its track list. Check one of this maverick thug's more approachable efforts then come back here for something coarse and complicated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537705610
  • Catalog Number: 002002902
  • Sales rank: 23,299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gangsta (3:51)
  2. 2 Los Awesome (4:12)
  3. 3 Collard Greens - Kendrick Lamar (4:59)
  4. 4 What They Want - 2 Chainz (4:27)
  5. 5 Hoover Street (6:36)
  6. 6 Studio (4:38)
  7. 7 Prescription/Oxymoron (7:09)
  8. 8 The Purge (4:54)
  9. 9 Blind Threats (4:29)
  10. 10 Hell of a Night (4:32)
  11. 11 Break the Bank (5:54)
  12. 12 Man of the Year (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
ScHoolboy Q Primary Artist
Stephen Bruner Bass
Charly And Margaux Strings
Matt Schaeffer Guitar
Jazmine Bailey Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Mike Bozzi Mastering
Pharrell Williams Composer, Producer
The Alchemist Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Chris Parsons Videography
Anthony "TOPDAWG" Tiffith Executive Producer
Willie B Producer
Hector Delgado Engineer
Swiff D Producer
Ruth Radelet Composer
Nathaniel Alford Engineer
Lord Quest Producer
James Hunt Engineer
Corey Woods Composer
Alan "The Alchemist" D. Maman Composer
The Creator Tyler Producer
Marz Producer
DJ Dahi Producer
ScHoolboy Q Art Direction
Sounwave Producer, Additional Production
Dave Free Art Direction
Kendrick Duckworth Composer
Johnny McKinzie Composer
Tyler Okonma Composer
THC Productions Producer
Mike WiLL Made It Producer
Tauheed Epps Composer
Quincy Hanley Composer
Vlad Sepetov Graphic Design
Dacoury Natche Composer
Mark Spears Composer
Gwen Bunn Composer, Producer
Charly And Margaux String Arrangements
Gee Bizzy Rightnow Engineer
Nez & Rio Producer
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