Review #63: Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

Artist – Earl Sweatshirt
Album – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/3wUv2IjD5hPrqlPakpczQa

Earl Sweatshirt (Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) is an American rapper. Earl became well known as part of the extremely popular Hip-Hop group OFWGKTA or simply Odd Future, which features artists Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean. Earl released his first mixtape ‘Earl’ in 2010, which gained critical acclaim, but he was then sent off to Samoa by his mother until his 18th birthday. Once back Earl released his debut LP ‘Doris’ and now follows that up with the new LP ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt’.

During the last couple of weeks Kendrick Lamar released his incredible 2nd album, Action Bronson released his brilliant debut album and now Earl Sweatshirt adds to his discography with ‘I Don’t Like Shit …”…. and i can’t help but feel the later is lacking in comparison. Don’t get me wrong, Earl’s new album is okay and his lyrics are well thought out, it just pales in comparison to the latest rap albums. There seems to be no significant message throughout, it simply feels and sound as depressing/anti-social as the title suggests. The beats Earl raps over are in a very similar vain to his previous work and the Odd Future catalogue, dark, grinding and often strange to the ear, using complex jazz chords and eerie melodies. However over those often interesting beats are Earls flat, uninterested lyrical delivery, which was something different and new in the beginning, but now just seems as if Earl has put no effort in.

Earls new album is okay, as mentioned includes some often interesting lyrics and beats. Dynamically however it is just dull, we should expect at least a little aggression, passion and emotion from Earls work, but it just isn’t there. I would have to point you towards Kendrick Lamar’s and Action Bronson’s albums before even considering ‘I Don’t Like Shit …”

5.5/10

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