15 Songs, 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Earl Sweatshirt’s second album, 2015’s I Don’t Like S**t, I Don’t Go Outside, is a masterwork of efficiency. At just 10 songs over 30 minutes, not a word is wasted nor a note held a second too long. Brevity, specifically, is a concept Sweatshirt cites in interviews as a guiding principle in his art, one he leans into even further on I Don’t Like S**t’s follow-up, Some Rap Songs. At an even brisker 15 tracks in 25 minutes, the project is mineral-rich, Sweatshirt losing himself in a relentless pursuit of clever and complex bars. His rhymes are marvels of non sequitur, rarely tracking a theme or singular direction for more than a few lines, all delivered over subdued and unrelenting soul loops. The former Odd Future standout handles the bulk of production as well, though Some Rap Songs also includes contributions from frequent collaborators Denmark Vessey and Gio Escobar (of NYC art-jazz duo Standing on the Corner), among others. Vocal guests include two of Sweatshirt’s oldest inspirations—his mother, UCLA professor Cheryl Harris, and late father, South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Earl Sweatshirt’s second album, 2015’s I Don’t Like S**t, I Don’t Go Outside, is a masterwork of efficiency. At just 10 songs over 30 minutes, not a word is wasted nor a note held a second too long. Brevity, specifically, is a concept Sweatshirt cites in interviews as a guiding principle in his art, one he leans into even further on I Don’t Like S**t’s follow-up, Some Rap Songs. At an even brisker 15 tracks in 25 minutes, the project is mineral-rich, Sweatshirt losing himself in a relentless pursuit of clever and complex bars. His rhymes are marvels of non sequitur, rarely tracking a theme or singular direction for more than a few lines, all delivered over subdued and unrelenting soul loops. The former Odd Future standout handles the bulk of production as well, though Some Rap Songs also includes contributions from frequent collaborators Denmark Vessey and Gio Escobar (of NYC art-jazz duo Standing on the Corner), among others. Vocal guests include two of Sweatshirt’s oldest inspirations—his mother, UCLA professor Cheryl Harris, and late father, South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
275 Ratings
275 Ratings
Realdylpickle ,

Classic

The production is very unique and psychedelic, paired with earls stellar lyricism, this album is his magnum opus.

Spikay do ,

Experimental

The Album Is Way More Experimental Than Any Other Album By Earl, And It’s For A Certain Kind Of Listener. For Me, This Album Was Awesome.

Thats on me ,

Earl

This is a classic album.This was A highlight in music for the year

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