If Schoolboy Q’s long-awaited Oxymoron can be summed up in one word, it’d be collaboration. Q brought in tons of talent from all over the American hip hop scene to craft this eccentric studio debut. Throughout the album one can hear the consistency of Q’s vision cutting through the variety of his collaborators, which includes West-Siders (Black Hippy’s Rock and Kendrick, Kurupt, Tyler, TDE’s Digi+Phonics & THC, The Alchemist), Chicagoans (BJ), New Yorkers (Rae), and Southerners (2 Chainz, Mike Will). He wanted to bring all of these people into something special, and it shows.
A lot of the Q tropes are still here: his asymmetrical vocal rhythms, his YAWK YAWK bravado guarding his hidden pains (this time addiction) like a trojan horse, and his insanely good ear for beats and samples. It might be too early to tell, but for now I won’t say I love it more than I loved Habits. It definitely doesn’t feel unwelcome after all of its infamous delays.