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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 30, 2018 | Tan Cressida - Columbia

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (aka Earl Sweatshirt) makes his return with his first full album since 2015. This record from the Odd Future (hip-hop collective) man is filled with complex lyrics on complex topics, and of the fifteen tracks, only two exceed two minutes in duration. Some Rap Songs is full of soul searching and comes after a difficult few years for the rapper from L.A. Since he released I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside in March of 2015, both his father (South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile) and his uncle (South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela) have passed away. On top of this he has been battling with some depression and anxiety problems which have kept him out of the game for the best part of the last two years. One of the defining aspects of the album is the way in which it has been produced (mainly by Kgositsile himself). The samples and loops are purposely unbalanced and chaotic, and the lo-fi effect is present throughout the record giving it a sort of old vinyl sound. These chaotic samples could be giving us an insight into Kgositsile’s overactive mind and his hectic flow of ideas. As well as focusing part of the album on tributes to his mother, father and uncle on tracks such as Azucar, Playing Possum and Peanut, the rapper also brings attention to his mental health during his time off with the singles Nowhere2go and The Mint (featuring rapper Navy Blue), stating ”two years I been missing living life” on the latter. The disjointed production is what gives this album a unique quality and despite the powerful lyrics not always being on the beat, it sounds great! Earl Sweatshirt has, in a sense, paved the way for a newer, jazzier type of alt-rap which many younger rappers have started to embrace. © Euan Decourt/Qobuz
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 16, 2013 | Tan Cressida - Columbia

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
With the 2010 drop of his debut mixtape, Earl, rapper Earl Sweatshirt became one of the main reasons the underground rap crew Odd Future went from obscurity to everywhere. Then, Earl's mom decided he was an "at risk" kid (not because of his ugly, ugly music, but because he was "getting in trouble"), so off to the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa he went, quickly falling into the category of "more of a legend than rapper" as Odd Future broke out the "Free Earl" T-shirts with no other explanation for his absence. As such, his official debut falls into the category of "highly anticipated," but the real story behind the murky and free-flowing -- almost globular -- Doris is that the morbid horror-show rapper heard previously has grown into an observational maverick-style artist, offering downtrodden and even dour rhymes that come off like MF Doom recounting his visit to the Grand Guignol. Swaying slowly with Tibetan monk vocals in the distance, the ghostly "Hive" with Vince Staples and Casey Veggies offers the vivid "Come around we gun 'em down/Bodies... piled... Auschwitz," while the Tyler, the Creator feature "Whoa" kicks off with the Odd Future leader declaring "This ain't no 2010 sh*t," which Earl proves by dropping crooked rhymes about pot ("Steaming tubes of poop and twisted doobies full of euphemisms") and Harry Potter ("Bruising gimmicks with the broom he usually use for Quidditch"). MF Doom fans will be familiar with the style, and while the rumored Doom collaboration does not wind up on the final Doris, another obvious influence, RZA, is here, appearing on the aptly titled "Molasses," a slow, rich mix of Wu-Tang and Wolf Gang flavors. Mac Miller's recent embrace of the underground pays dividends during the bent and broken "Guild," while Frank Ocean influences Earl to sing his own blues on the great "Sunday" ("Nightmares got more vivid when I stopped smoking pot/And lovin' you's a little different, I don't like you a lot"). Underneath all this mumbled madness are some truly wonderful sounds -- much of it made by Earl under his alias randomblackguy -- as "Chum" runs like an underground indie suite of excellent ideas while "Centurion" twists a Krautrock and Can sample into something thug and stately. All that said, Doris is unsettled, messy, and takes a bit to sort, but there are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 3, 2015 | Classic Hits

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 23, 2015 | Tan Cressida - Columbia

"[An] exceptional internet-released 2010 debut....Grisly subject matter and dark humour abound."
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 20, 2018 | Tan Cressida - Columbia

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 8, 2018 | Tan Cressida - Columbia

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 17, 2015 | Tan Cressida - Columbia

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 12, 2013 | Tan Cressida - Columbia