Album Rating: 3.8
I don't want to talk about Doris nearly as much as I want to listen to it. I mean, it's good. Hell, it's great. But if you were an Odd Future fan like I was--bumping EARL daily and sacrificing bitches in order to invoke his return--this isn't the record you were waiting for. However, that doesn't change the fact that Earl is in better form than ever, the beats are brilliant, and several of the niggas on here are most definitely on point. But, as great as all this sounds, Doris feels a little loosely slapped together. There's some mediocre, underwhelming and even downright awful shit on here (SK La' Flare...I don't even...), but mostly, Doris is way too inconsistent and hit-or-miss to feel like a real, flowing album. Hell, EARL (apparently a mixtape and not an album) is more of an album than this one, but between Staples flowing like a motherfucker on "Hive", or RZA and his beat on "Molasses" getting me AMPED AS FUCK, how could this be a bad album? Simply put, Doris is a taste of Earl that only adds to the promise of his budding career, and that's all it needs to be, even if it did take a long time. It's safe to say that this is Earl's debut, because the Earl you knew is definitely in the ground.
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