Welcome to The Rap Report!
We finally did it! Knowledge and The Verbal Arteest made a podcast!
In this episode we discuss:
- Sadat X – Agua
- DJ Khaled – Major Key
- Schoolboy Q – Blank Face
Sorry the audio quality is crap, we’re working on that! That’s why this is episode negative one, and why there seems to be two intros*. These negative episode numbers will continue for a little while until we get better. Expect another episode very soon!
*We’ve been talking about doing this for ages and now we’ve finally made it happen. But, it turns out that podcasting isn’t the easiest task in the world. So there’s a whole ~45 minute segment that we decided to cut from between the two intros. It wasn’t the worst audio ever, but there was too much dead air for us to not even be talking about the selected albums.
Two recent interviews have all but confirmed what I suspected about Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron album: it’s the product of the tedious, usually fruitless process of trying to please a major label while still making honest art. This isn’t surprising, nor is it a new trend. Most of my reviews note the lack of quality that results from serving these two opposing masters. But, until major labels curb their interference or mercifully die off, these stories will continue to be noteworthy. Especially when the artist complains so quickly after the release of his/her first album, and especially when that album seems to have succeeded with both critics and fans (Oxymoron has a 79/100 on Metacritic and debuted at #1) And, selfishly, especially when I just finished panning the album for this very problem.
Continue reading Did Interscope’s Expectations Stifle Schoolboy Q’s Creativity?
Schoolboy Q had failed to impress me up until now, so the level of hype before Oxymoron’s release surprised me. I expected a Lloyd Banks level of hype, where we’re paying attention out of respect for his more popular teammate, but Q seemed to warrant his own love. Unfortunately, the radio interviews and the acclaim for the lead-up singles didn’t match his actual talent in my opinion. Collard Greens and Man of the Year were fun songs, but not fun enough to hide their emptiness, so neither lead-up single convinced me that a great album was on the way. Sure enough, hype-be-damned, Oxymoron only managed to slightly impress me. Here’s how:
Continue reading Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron