ScHoolboy Q - Californication (ft. A$AP Rocky)
I had pretty high expectations for this bonus track off of ScHoolboy Q’s new album Oxymoron that officially dropped today. Q and A$AP Rocky have a really strong history together when it comes to collab tracks. The best of them being Hands On The Wheel (ft. A$AP Rocky), which is my second favorite track off of ScHoolboy Q’s last album Habits & Contradictions. I also ranked it 54th on my list of The 60 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2012. That being said, Californication is a solid hype track with a lot of enjoyable qualities, but in the end I was hoping for something more from these two. It’s a grungy bass driven banger that sounds like something Tyler, The Creator might’ve produced, but in reality its instrumental is by the Chicago duo Nez & Rio, whom also notably produced Man of The Year and Gangsta. I had the impression Californication would end up being one of the better songs on the album, but it fell firmly into Oxymoron's middle lane. It has a very evident lack of variation in terms of the repetitively looped beat and recurring subject matter, especially considering the song is more than six minutes long. I actually prefer A$AP Rocky's hefty verse too Q's. I also would've liked to have seen them going back and forth on the last verse, or something to that accord. The beat just seems more suited for A$AP Rocky's trilled out style. As an additional side note, this song is definitely best enjoyed unsober with the bass and volume cranked up.
In case you’re interested, I also reviewed Break tHe Bank, Blind THreats (ft. Raekwon), and Yay Yay from Oxymoron.
"I’m in that BBC, niggas know I Bathing Ape. I’m sleeping with my Nina and I never put my blade away. Silly nigga fix your face, you drinking all that haterade.”
My Song Rating: 8.0 out of 10