Say what you want about Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, but Earl Sweatshirt is a rare talent. His new album isn’t set to drop until next Tuesday, August 20th, but Earl was nice enough to bring it to us early. There is now a full stream of Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris on Soundcloud. I can’t embed it here, so click the link above to check it out; or scope my favorites below.
Earl has an uncommon abundance of honesty and creativity, making his lyrics hit hard over any beat, so the whole album is above average. And as suspected, there is no shortage of cameos (11 of the 15 tracks “feature” somebody) but I was happy to see Frank Ocean’s name on Sunday. But the real highlights for me come directly after Ocean; Hive, featuring Vince Staples, sounds just like classic Earl and Chum, a track that has been floating around the internet for a while, adequately building buzz for the album. Molasses featuring RZA is also top notch. If you consider yourself a fan of hip-hop, Doris is definitely worth a listen… or a dozen.