by Earl Sweatshirt


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888837517027
catalogNumber: 375170
Rank: 19783

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Sweatshirt   Primary Artist
Chad Hugo   Trumpet,Keyboards
Frank Ocean   Keyboards,Vocals
Vince Staples   Vocals
Ron Gilmore   Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Axelrod   Composer
Irmin Schmidt   Composer
Holger Czukay   Composer
Michael Karoli   Composer
RZA   Producer
Jaki Liebezeit   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Alchemist   Engineer
Om'Mas Keith   Engineer,Instrumentation
Neptunes   Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Paul Willis   Composer
Lennie Hibbert   Composer
Josh Berg   Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Samiyam   Producer
Jeff Ellis   Engineer
Dominique Cole   Composer
Mike Larson   Engineer
Clement Dodd   Composer
Christian Rich   Producer
Taiwo Hassan   Composer
Creator Tyler   Producer
Frank Ocean   Producer
Vince Staples   Composer
Michael Uzowuru   Producer,Instrumentation
Matt Martians   Producer
Vic Wainstein   Engineer
Malcolm McCormick   Composer
Tyler Okonma   Composer
Casey Jones   Composer
Thebe Kgositsile   Composer
Christopher Breaux   Composer
Kehinde Hassan   Composer
BadBadNotGood   Producer
Julian Prindle   Engineer
Kunle Martins   Illustrations
Tyrone Douglas   Composer
Shakeir Duarte   Composer
Malay HO   Engineer

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