Listen to the hottest songs from the Odd Future rapper's new album.
A few days ago, the 19-year-old Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt shared his long-awaited 'Doris' album on SoundCloud; it is officially out tomorrow through Earl's Columbia Records imprint, Tan Cressida.
'Doris' features guest spots by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and Casey Veggies, as well as by Odd Future members Tyler, the Creator, Domo Genesis, and Frank Ocean.
Last week, we called Earl the best rapper not "killed" by Kendrick Lamar on his "murderous" verse on Big Sean's 'Control.' It was a wise decision for Kendrick to leave Earl out because 'Doris' is a remarkably inventive rap album that lives up to the hype.
We listened to 'Doris' non-stop all weekend, and we think the following five songs are the best ones. Do you agree?
The penultimate track on 'Doris' finds Earl alone, rapping over one of the most apocalyptic beats on the album: it begins with a guitar strum that sounds like an OM riff, and ends with machine-gunning drums and dark, droning synths. And Earl spits tongue-twisting fire. "Pinnacle of titillating crisp spit / Fist clenched emulating '68 Olympics." Defiant.
Listen: Earl Sweatshirt - 'Hoarse'
Including this track, Vince Staples makes three appearances on 'Doris.' Vince and Earl's verses on 'Centurion' could be easily split in two, as the song's vibe radically shifts once Earl arrives. Over a weird, psych-horror beat, Earl delivers one of his nastiest verses ever. He sprays buckshot and spits into hot dog rolls and has Satan whispering commands directly into his ear. Scary.
Listen: Earl Sweatshirt - 'Centurion'
Since Earl's appearance on Frank Ocean's 'Super Rich Kids,' from 'channel ORANGE,' we've been waiting for the two to jump onto another track together. Enter 'Sunday,' where Earl shares his feelings about the burden that being a musician places on a relationship. But after his apology, and his claims of fidelity, he confesses that he cannot stop rapping: "My momma raised me a prophet / I play for dolla incentive." For his verse, Ocean calls out Chris Brown over the altercation the two had earier this year.
Listen: Earl Sweatshirt - 'Sunday'
Tyler loves egging Earl on. In protest of Earl's earlier, more confessional single 'Chum,' Tyler promises Earl will return to his gnarlier, dirtier, 'EARL'-ier side on 'Whoa.' That's exactly what Earl does: he eats venison with Saint Nick (Rudolph?), smacks rappers with tennis racquets, writes with used syringes, and name drops Flocka. He also makes a Harry Potter reference, which is something no other rapper would likely do on the track where they are supposed to be acting especially hard.
Listen: Earl Sweatshirt - 'Whoa'
The majority of the songs on 'Doris' feature at least one guest rapper. But Earl is at his best when he is on his own, able to take full control of the track's flow and narrative. He does this on 'Chum,' the introspective track Tyler aims to combat with 'Whoa.' It's a bleak, autobiographical tune, where Earl talks about how much he misses his father, and how his mother couldn't fill the void but Tyler could. It's sad and heavy and brutally honest. "Been back a week and already feel like calling it quits." Lucky for us, he didn't.