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Lately, I have been getting more into rap music. Somebody suggested that I review ScHoolboy Q's third album, "Oxymoron".
I did enjoy the album, but ScHoolboy did have a few key issues that kept popping up throughout the album. The biggest one is that most of the songs were a little bit too long. In addition, some of the songs were competitive and annoying.
On the flip side, this was a very lyrically successful album. Moreover, collaborations with rappers such as the famous Kendrick Lamar worked out most of the time.
Track #1: Gangsta
"Gangsta" did prove to me that ScHoolboy Q might have what it takes, but I didn't particularly love the repetitiveness of the song. The instrumental worked with this type of song, but it could have been better.
Track #2: Los Awesome (ft. Jay Rock)
To be honest, I enjoyed "Los Awesome" a lot more than "Gangsta". I felt like I could jam to it a lot more easily, and the guest verse was very well executed.
Track #3: Collard Greens (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Both ScHoolboy and Kendrick showcase their excellent flow in this song, even though Lamar does outshine ScHoolboy. Despite this, both rappers succeed in creating a lyrically strong song. The beat is pretty nice too.
Track #4: What They Want (ft. 2 Chainz)
In terms of a collaboration, "What They Want" was not as successful as the previous track. However, it is a hit in my terms, and masters the art of repeating a certain lyric without it becoming tedious, unlike "Gangsta".
Track #5: Hoover Street
It is obvious that ScHoolboy G intended for "Hoover Street" to be a lyrical masterpiece. I would say that it is very lyrical, but in the end, it isn't the best rap song I have ever heard.
Track #6: Studio (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid)
This was an excellent song lyrically, flow-wise, and beat-wise. My only complaint is that it lasted a little too long. ScHoolboy should have cut 30 seconds of the song.
Track #7 (Part 1): Prescription
To be honest, I think that ScHoolboy should have split the song "Prescription/Oxymoron" into two songs, due to the fact that they are entirely different. Therefore, I reviewed both parts separately.
I personally thought "Prescription" was the better half of the song. ScHoolboy's daughter's lyrics were very touchy, and I really enjoyed the emotional feel of "Prescription".
TRACK #7 (PART 2): Oxymoron
To be honest, I thought that "Oxymoron" was the lesser half of the song. It was too repetitive for me, and I felt like it could have used a nice feature. The beat was pretty dope though.
Track #8: The purge (ft. Tyler the Creator & Kurupt)
I thought the siren affect with the beat was pretty cool, but I didn't really enjoy this song. I tried to give it a chance, but I simply just did not like it.
Track #9: Blind Threats (ft. Raekwon)
I did enjoy the lyrics of "Blind Threats", but it did feel a little too much like a "filler" song. The album would probably be better without it.
Track #10: Hell of A Night
"Hell of A Night" could have easily been the best song on the album. The beat was pretty dope, and Q's flow was right on. However, ScHoolboy once again cannot figure how long he should make his track, and this song could have used a dope feature.
Track #11: Break The Bank
The hook for this song was a little embarrassing, but "Break The Bank" is a fairly solid song. I don't think the length of the song was terrible, but once again, it could be a little shorter.
Track #12: Man of the Year
"Man of The Year" had a reasonable length, and I did really appreciate that. The beat is dope, and I enjoyed Q's flows. However, "Man of the Year" was one of the worst lyrical songs on the album.
Track #13: His and Her Friend (FT. Sza)
Some collaborators are perfect for each other. For example, ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar are a nice duo. However, ScHoolboy Q and Sza are not. Their verses did not really fit in together, and it made this perfectly good song come off as a sloppy one.
Track #14: Grooveline, Part 2 (feat. Suga Free)
This was a great follow-up to arguably the worst track on the album. Even though Suga Free outshined ScHoolboy in this song, both did excellent. It could be better in the lyric department though, as it is very repetitive.
Track #15: Fuck LA
The final track on the album, "Fuck LA", was actually a grand finale. It was quite catchy, unlike some of the other songs on the album.
Here are my five favorite songs on the album:
That is all. I hope you enjoyed my review! Stay tuned for more true music reviews!