Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs ALBUM REVIEW

Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs ALBUM REVIEW


Hi everyone, Anthony Fantano here, the Internet’s busiest music nerd and it’s time for a review of the new Earl Sweatshirt album Some Rap Songs. This is the third full length album from poet, song writer and abstract hip-hop word ninja, Earl Sweatshirt. It’s been a few years since we last heard from Earl in a studio album capacity, his 2015 record I Don’t Like Shit I Don ‘t Go Outside was his last. That year was also the same when the hip-hop collective that helped pave his way to fame, Odd Future, had pretty much become defunct as a cohesive unit. Though Earl’s absence from the group during their peak of hype kinda became a rallying cry across every corner of the internet. On music boards, on social media; every music publication under the sun as well as even traditional outlets like the New York Times Free him, free my boy Earl Free him now He’s literally been free for like the past five years. We did it, we did it everybody We did it, good Job While Earl is a member of Odd Future and certainly a big reason as to why the group blew up there’s always been something about him that’s made him stand out amongst every other member in the group whether that be his literal geographic location Or his lyrical talent and attention to detail. Also, an uncompromising emotionally dark streak in his music. That not only made him stick out like a sore thumb in Odd Future, but really in the current hip-hop meta in general. And Earls anxieties, as well as his depression, have not been exactly a secret up unto this point They were on display in a big way on his last record and on top of it, earlier this year Earl canceled a entire European tour citing anxiety and depression as the reason why. Considering that I guessed months ago “whatever Earl’s next album is going to be will most likely be his darkest and maybe most dependent yet” And the teaser tracks for this record like the Mint and Nowhere to Go certainly foretasted towards that Especially considering the songs gloomy lyrics, minimal structures and hypnotic experimental production

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  1. I honestly don't see the appeal to this album. I've listened to Some Rap Songs multiple times, and I've attempted to indulge myself in the lyrics MULTIPLE times, but I just can't seem get into it. Lyrically, the album is generic, for Earl's standards at least. I mean, Doris has unique lyrics and storytelling capabilities along with tear-jerking tracks that could hit hard to home in certain situations.

    But this album displays Earl's anxiety and depression in a way similar to Logic's 1-800.

    Not a fan, I'd give this album a solid 6 if I were to be completely honest.

  2. Am I the only one who thought this was a piece of shit? The average length of each song is like 1:20… It’s kind of creative but it just drones. One thing’s for sure, he’s made an impact on the industry; lowered the standard.

  3. I think the album shows a fractured mind and a bad acid trip and listen to this on nbome trust me everything fits together and the album sounds more complete that way

  4. SRS had terrible production throughout, I could barely make it to the end it was so shit house.

    I'm surprised that Earl is going through such a decline, it just seems that he's not into it anymore. Earl and Doris were awesome, IDLS:IDGO was pretty underwhelming but this is his worst effort so far.

  5. I have no clue whatsoever why melon has hated on Earl so much over the years. Doris and IDLSIDGO are incredible

  6. I’m a Old School Hip-Hop/Rap fan. Been listening to it since the 80’s and this Album I can describe in 2 words. Beautiful Nightmare. I can relate to this Album on many levels. Depression. Confused. Losing so-called friends.

  7. I really like this album, it's pretty different from what I heard in Doris, or I Don't Like Shit, I Don´t Go Outside. Some Rap Songs was one of the best albums in 2018, and I'm still listening to it most of the times.

  8. SHATTERED DREAMS LEAST FAV TRACK ARE YOU KIDDING???? Peanut and red water are the worst tracks. Shattered dreams doesn’t belong there

  9. I've probably listened to SRS a couple hundred times. It's honestly my favorite hip hop album and it's a 10/10 in my mind

  10. Damn, that Prurient record in the background, talk about an album dealing with loss, depression and pain. Well done, just the influence of seeing it during this review had value.

  11. This album just proved that earl ran out of money so he put out a pile of hot garbage and cried depression so that people would buy it and he would get paid. Complete trash album

  12. Don't know what the fuck happened to Tyler but I knew Earl was gonna grow to be the most talented of everyone in odd future. He's like the mf doom of our generation.

  13. Call me what you want, but Earl Sweatshirt’s “Some Rap Songs” lowkey sounds like a mashup playlist of Madlib/Quasimoto, Ripdae La Wise (myself), and MFDOOM.

    It all starts at Red Water then it goes on for about 10 or so songs after that.

    It shows how we’re all pioneers of a certain sound. This album has so many homage & shoutout layers to it it’s fuckin’ insane.. I enjoy this project an awful lot, maybe too damn much.

  14. Probably one of the best rap albums I’ve heard in a decade. The experience from my first listen, was just out of this world. Sure you could say Earl borrowed ALOT from Mike the rapper, he still came through with this masterpiece of work. Loosie and Peanut are my favourite tracks hands down. The sound on this album, is nothing I’ve ever heard before on a rap project.

  15. This is such a good album one of my favorites, it doesn't seem like it's trying to be an album at all but rather a collective of thoughts I love it I didn't think he could out do himself but goddamn it's too good.

  16. There were many points on this album where I asked myself “Am I listening to Madvillainy 2?” The production gives me huge Madlib vibes, and Earl’s flow is reminiscent of DOOM.

  17. I came back here after giving the album some time and listening, and for me its just unlikable.
    Maybe because im thinking about his old work, but its a un-mastered mess and feels random.
    This album is just not for me.

  18. Who the fuck does this chrome dome little cunt think he is; acting like he knows what a music is. Bitch.

  19. I dont really like this album but at the same time it sounds like the music I would make so I give it 10/10

  20. Having been addicted to this album for the past 6 months of my life, Im about to dislike this review just bc you didnt give it a 9 or 10

  21. i try to see music from different perspectives to try and understand different opinions when i don’t like something, but the fact that people see this album as anything more than complete mammoth shit still baffles me

  22. I fux with Earl, heeeeavy! I must admitt though, lately he's been rapping over anything beatwise. Experimental doesn't always mean dope.

  23. This is a really good review, but I'm not sure I'm a fan of the 5 minute rant on why black people are ruining society and Earl Sweatshirt is a white man taking advantage of it

  24. Its quite sad how there are so many ignorant people in here calling earl sweatshirt lazy and boring just because they heard 30 seconds of this album and call it trash

  25. A true fan knows this is an Example of Earl mastering his craft and sound. The sampling and minimalist production with great flows is perfect . Easily his best album .u right melon

  26. Bruh I’m sorry but earl sweatshirt isn’t for me.The album is not good it’s weird I can barely understand what he’s saying,There are maybe 3 or 4 good songs in my opinion he’s overrated.But his comedy is top quality

  27. This record is probably the least accessible Earl album as I LOVE his other stuff, but couldnt seem to get into this one. The wait is worth it though as it has grown on me tremendously with more listens

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