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Studio album by Why?
Released June 16, 2003 (2003-06-16)
Genre Indie rock, alternative hip hop
Length 38:30
Label Anticon
Producer Why?
Why? chronology
Miss Ohio's Nameless
(2001)Miss Ohio's Nameless2001
Early Whitney
(2003)Early Whitney2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10[3]
Stylus Magazine A-[4]

Oaklandazulasylum is the second solo album by American hip hop artist Why?. It was released by Anticon in the United States on June 16, 2003. The album was recorded over a period of two years.

The track "Early Whitney" also appeared on the Early Whitney EP that was released shortly after Oaklandazulasylum.


At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Oaklandazulasylum received an average score of 70% based on 8 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ferriswheel" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why?, Jel 2:24
2. "Cold Lunch (Albert Brown Mortuary Dumpster Dive Remix)" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 1:36
3. "Afterschool America" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 1:19
4. "Our Neighbor's Daughter" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf, Jel Why?, Jel 1:44
5. "A Little Titanic" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 3:32
6. "Weak Moon" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 2:14
7. "Early Whitney" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 4:03
8. "Dream on Cortelyou" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 2:55
9. "Women Eye, 'No.'" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 1:32
10. "Dirty Glass" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 3:27
11. "Shirtless, Sheetless, And..." Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 1:59
12. "Bad Entropy" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 5:02
13. "Seventeen" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 2:33
14. "Ape in Cage with Wire Cutters" Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf Why? 4:08


  • Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf
  • Josiah Wolf – bass on "Dirty Glass"
  • Odd Nosdam – samples on "Dirty Glass"
  • Doug McDiarmid – guitar on "Shirtless, Sheetless, And..."
  • Alex Kort – cello on "Seventeen"
  • Jel – drums on "Seventeen"


  1. ^ a b "Oaklandazulasylum - Why?". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Why? - Oaklandazulasylum". AllMusic. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Dahlen, Chris (July 3, 2003). "WHY? - Oaklandazulasylum". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Boeckel, Gentry (September 1, 2003). "Why? - Oaklandazulasylum". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 

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