ScHoolboy Q had no intentions of adjusting his vision for Oxymoron to chase label mate Kendrick Lamar’s success and “Break The Bank” best sums up his mentality in creating the TDE record that would follow Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. Oxymoron is as purposefully depressing a record as you could expect Q to make with this much on the line, but he’s still determined to ‘break the bank’. The song is a flat out amazing display of rapping chops on which Q unloads a series of machine gun flows that any MC would have a hard time replicating all while laying down a visual account of the life of crime that led him to a career in music. “Break The Bank” is punctuated by a sing song refrain that highlights ScHoolboy Q’s wide vocal range.
He sounds like he’s coming for the crown and confirms it when he slurs “Tell Kendrick move from the throne, I came for it” midway through the song. All the TDE artists have a strong competitive spirit, even between each other, and this makes it easier for them to separate from the crowd. The stark video for “Break the Bank” is a great visual representation for the album as a whole, at least more so than the previously released videos for “Collard Greens” and “Man of the Year”, which are feel good outliers on the almost uniformly dark Oxymoron. The album's available at all major retailers on February 25th, Target features a deluxe edition with a couple of extra songs.