There’s certainly a lot of vitriol necessary in the proper delivery of the title of Odd Future affiliate, Earl Sweatshirt’s latest album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside but on ‘Off Top’ his content burns acidic. Like he’s offing bile that’s been bubbling in his throat he darts out lyrics, illustrating the length his rap tenure using the release of the Motorola RAZR as a touch point and frankly, it’s serenely impressive. It’s rugged, it’s pointed, it’s self-aware and it’s heavy. It’s open, it’s honest, it’s serious and it’s funny.
Calling your record something like Earl has suggests a level of turmoil, of struggle and an overbearing anger at the world but in channelling his frustration into tracks like this he’s proving himself very worthy of his plaudits whilst distancing himself through the teenage angst and wide-on humour his crew came through with.
Earl’s latest album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside is out now through Columbia.