Earl Sweatshirt
EARL


3.5
great

Review

by Marzuki USER (7 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2012 | 17 replies | 3,005 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So what you're telling me is, Odd Future ISN'T a vintage science fiction magazine?

1 of 9 thought this review was well written

Comment about how much hype Odd Future have received > Talk about Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt > Compare to Eminem > Talk about Earl’s skill > Talk about album > Comment about how messed up this music is > Comment about how messed up this music’s cover art is > SWAG!SWAG!SWAG!SWAG!SWAG!
(Crowd goes wild)

So. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Since you’re here, you know about them. You probably also have a working knowledge of Earl Sweatshirt – this guy who dropped a mixtape and then disappeared.

I’ll skip discussing how Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt are the most famed members of OF (bar Frank Ocean perhaps), and I’ll get right to the tape itself. This stuff is not amazing, it is not avant-garde, the stuff it does has been done before, and personally shock rap gets old quickly to me.

So why is there a red 3.5 slapped across the top of this review? It’s because Earl’s star and namesake is probably a prodigy. This short offering, less than a half hour of material including two interludes, presents a young rapper to be excited about. While other, lesser, OF members mumble and stumble their way through their lines, Earl cruises through his with superb flow and delivery.

The lyrics that roll off his big, ugly lips (not my words) are your basic rape-murder-and-controversy,oh-my! reminiscent of Eminem’s benchmark Slim Shady LP. Earl mentions the guy himself, and clearly Eminem has had a huge effect on the formation of not just Earl but all of Odd Future. Earl namedrops his idol on the track ‘epaR’, which you should probably read backwards if you haven’t already.

Production, mostly Tyler’s work, is very good in general. It stands out particularly on ‘Luper’, where a bouncy piano loop is the foundation for Earl’s heartbreaking breakup story (that phrase was not sarcastic at all). The guests add to the album overall, and Earl holds his own with all of them.

Let’s not forget, folks, that Earl was sixteen when Earl dropped. I’m around that age myself and so will not judge. He’s got a long way to go lyrically, but he’ll get there.

That cover art is one of my favourites of the year 2010, by the way.

I was advised by an Odd Future aficionado to ease up on the dreaded ‘S’ word. But allow me to write this lovely, self-indulgent sentence before I finish: Swag, swag, swaggity swaggity swag.

Colour: Neon Yellow
Choice Lyric: She said "You rushing, you rabid son of a Labrador”/But I'm attracted to you like teenyboppers to Apple stores



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snoopdogg6969 (2)
Earl: The black Aaron Carter...

Chriss Varvis (3.5)
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Unlike Asher Roth, Earl Sweatshirt definitely isn't asleep in the bread aisle....

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Don't let your children listen to this when they're sober....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Marzuki
July 22nd 2012



29 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I have cleaned up the structure a bit to leave the obvious stuff out, thanks to those who criticized my last review as it's an insight into how my writing can improve.

I was going to give the album a 3, but Earl is great and Tyler's production is great so I notched it up to a 3.5

SWAG, guys, and don't forget it. (Do OF fans really find this word that annoying?)

Kris.
July 22nd 2012



12152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Since you’re here, you know about them. You probably also have a working knowledge of Earl Sweatshirt – this guy who dropped a mixtape and then disappeared.


never

ever

ever

assume this about the reader
terrible mistake to make

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



49802 Comments


yeah who the hell is tyler and what did he create and why does his brother like sweaters so much?

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Marzuki
July 22nd 2012



29 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tyler created the xylophone, and his brother likes sweaters because he was found wrapped in one when he was abandoned by his father in Cape Cod! (I mean, really, just Google it)

Now for seriousness - I didn't really mean to assume anything, I just wanted to say that OF are pretty hyped and well known at the moment. I could have maybe phrased this point better, so I'll give a little background next time.

MeatSalad
July 22nd 2012



14195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Killed him on his own track

The faggot shouldn't have started it

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



4383 Comments


Ive heard parts of Radical and some of Tyler The Creator's solo stuff, which honestly was pretty okay. I thought it was good, but some of my friends act like these guys are the second coming. A lot of them keep telling me to check this out and that Earl is supposedly one of the best rappers of our generation. Which I intend do so out of curiosity.

Dont get me wrong, Odd Future is a pretty good group, but they are seriously overrated.

sixdegrees
July 22nd 2012



16848 Comments


yeah, the hype got pretty ridiculous.

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sniper
July 22nd 2012



19000 Comments


OF appeal to mostly 15 year olds i think. not saying they're awful, but they sound sort of "baby's first rebellion" to me a lot of the time.

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MeatSalad
July 22nd 2012



14195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their fans are very loud with the hype

sniper
July 22nd 2012



19000 Comments


what

MeatSalad
July 22nd 2012



14195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel you man

FourthReich
July 22nd 2012



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the hype was well warranted this, radical, & bastard are truly great albums.

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Marzuki
July 22nd 2012



29 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I never got Tyler myself, actually, particularly his second solo album. Out of OF, only Earl and Frank Ocean interest me really. And Earl has a real long way to go before he's more than just 'promising'.

And sniper01, I happen to be 15 myself and like to think I'm above baby rebellion stuff



Recspecs
July 22nd 2012



9820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lmao this review blows.

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bbdmittenz
July 22nd 2012



218 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album. Review was not great.

lucasjcockcroft
July 22nd 2012



3702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

keep writing dude, even im terrible at it, thats really the best advice.

sniper
July 23rd 2012



19000 Comments


And sniper01, I happen to be 15 myself and like to think I'm above baby rebellion stuff
word.



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