This Is ScHoolboy Q's Brain on Drugs: 'Prescription/Oxymoron' - Rolling Stone
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This Is ScHoolboy Q’s Brain on Drugs: ‘Prescription/Oxymoron’

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Hopefully, ScHoolboy Q will create a short for his 7-minute, two-part song “Prescription/Oxymoron.” The vivid storytelling describes his character’s love affair with medications.

In the first verse from the song on his Top Dawg Entertainment / Interscope album “Oxymoron” out Tuesday, ScHoolboy rattles off a list of prescription drugs of choice – Percocet, Adderall, Xanax and Codeine – before describing the enabling effects.

ScHoolboy talks being disoriented, stressed and restless, so much so that he ignores calls from his mother and daughter.


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“What’s wrong with me? Now the pressure creep,” he raps over an orchestral chopped and screwed beat. By the end of the verse, he’s resorting to more drugs to cope.

The song’s haunting chorus features cries from his daughter who discovers him in the unresponsive state as she repeatedly pleas “What’s wrong, Daddy? Wake up! Wake up!” to no avail.

As the song progresses, he compares his connection to the drugs to a relationship with a woman. The binge continues with him senselessly driving while high.

After an outro chorus from his daughter, the song takes a dark turn. It becomes eerie and villainess as his voice turns scratchy and menacing.

For the “Oxymoron” half of the song, he adopts a new sarcastic hook. Here he boats that “I just stopped selling crack today,” but the verse celebrates the opposite.

ScHoolboy gloats, “I done sold more sh-t than hookers,” and “Dirty money, clean money the same.”

In the fourth and final verse, he seeks props for his lifestyle, suggesting that Spike Lee make a movie about him when he dies.


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He believes he is unstoppable and refers to himself as “your doctor” while lavishing about the potency of his synthetic heroin.

He wraps the song without remorse: “So trapping in a Nissan, O-X-Y, I keep ’em, O-X-Y, you need one?”

Oblivious to a drug dealer’s ultimate fate, he drives off without concern, making the morale of the song even more potent – Don’t. Do. Drugs.

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