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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537705610
catalogNumber: 002002902
Rank: 26945

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
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Alchemist   Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Chris Parsons   Videography
Anthony "TOPDAWG" Tiffith   Executive Producer
Willie B   Producer
Swiff D   Producer
Ruth Radelet   Composer
Nathaniel Alford   Engineer
Quest   Producer
James Hunt   Engineer
Corey Woods   Composer
Alan "The Alchemist" D. Maman   Composer
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
Hector Delgado   Engineer

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