Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt is a Los Angeles-based rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) crew. Following in the footsteps of Eminem, Natas, and Esham, his languid style is a blend of highly personal alt-rap and morbid horrorcore. In 2010 he released his Earl mixtape to critical acclaim before mysteriously going on hiatus later that year. It was subsequently revealed that Kgositsile had been sent to a Samoan boarding school by his mother during this period. He returned to L.A. at age 18, determined to build on the success of Earl, and he ultimately signed a deal with Columbia Records, enabling him to issue material on the major label through his own Tan Cressida imprint. Ahead of November 2012's "Chum" — his first solo single since his return — Kgositsile eased himself back onto the scene with a number of collaborations. After live appearances and recordings with Odd Future, he made numerous guest appearances, most notably on Frank Ocean's acclaimed debut studio album channel ORANGE and Flying Lotus' summer single "Between Friends." To coincide with the release of "Chum," he announced that his next album would be titled Doris. Preceded by further singles "Whoa" and "Hive" — featuring Tyler, the Creator and Vince Staples, respectively — the album arrived in summer 2013. ~ Gregory Heaney & James Wilkinson, Rovi
Looking forward to this one!
very exited for this one!
holy shit cant wait
Waiting for this all day
Fat let down for me. “Grief” was nice but the last two tracks “DNA” and “Wool” are FIRE. I wasn’t that stoked on ‘Doris’ either but who knows maybe I just don’t like him anymore. Always be a fan of ‘Earl,’ production, beats, it was good. Even if the content was a little iffy. But I do think this will grow on me. But after a listen and a half I’m still very unimpressed.
This album would mostly appeal to a dedicated Earl fan. The first album that came out the way he wanted, no interference whatsoever. The only songs that really stick out on this album would be “Grief”, “AM // Ratio” , and the most distinct track being “DNA”. Na’kel’s verse was made just after he heard the news of his best friend dying. Never heard an artist rapping about his homie when the wound was fresh. 8.5/10