How to Compare ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

They're two very different rappers.

By Jamilah King Feb 25, 2014

ScHoolboy Q’s new album "Oxymoron" is out today, and it will inevitably be compared to his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmate Kendrick Lamar’s last album, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city." They’re with the same crew and have guested on one another’s projects in the past. But, as Billboard points out, they’re two very different rappers:

To say that ScHoolboy Q’s major-label debut is "less consistent" than "good kid, m.A.A.d city" is something of a misnomer, because, while Lamar dazzles with precise storytelling, Q conjures attention with brusque physicality. Both MCs are aiming for different marks, and although Q’s style is too unkempt to produce an album full of clean shots, his misses on "Oxymoron" are often just as compelling. 

For a track-by-track review, head on over to Billboard.