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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Los Angeles-based rapper features guest appearances by Navy Blue and Standing On The Corner as well as vocal samples of his parents: Cheryl Harris and (the late) Keorapetse Kgositsile.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 7, 2018
    100
    One of the best rap albums of the year, a smoky iceberg of great emotional depth.
  2. Dec 20, 2018
    90
    For all its signs of progression, the record is never heavy-handed with its ambition. Its unforced attempt at making sense of the fraught present, at finding shelter without resorting to convenient escape, is a rare and, dare I say, sincere feat.
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    88
    The project is distinctly rough around the edges, to great effect; there’s the sound of dust popping off vinyl and cassette hiss throughout. ... His uncle and father are gone, but Earl is still here, carrying on their artistic legacy--and, with the help of his collaborators, building his own.
  4. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Some Rap Songs is the rare album by an immensely talented lyricist who deigns not to pull out any fireworks, opting to sink into the cushion’s of a therapist’s couch in the search for an honest work of art. It’s a delicate statement of restraint, and in this case the process shows more of the artist than ever before.
  5. Dec 5, 2018
    80
    The album reasserts his status as a uniquely fascinating rapper. On Some Rap Songs, he’s making the most adventurous and exciting music of his career so far.
  6. Dec 6, 2018
    75
    Though Some Rap Songs may come across as a collection of underdeveloped vignettes of previously covered subject matter, further and deeper listening showcases an economical poet at his most striking self.
  7. Dec 7, 2018
    60
    The problem is that Earl’s stream of consciousness style does not lend itself to easy listening. Off-kilter drum loops and piano chords bury the lyrics on Red Water and Peanut, creating an unfriendly sonic experience reminiscent of listening to a song with cheap earphones in a noisy room. Listeners will only be able to appreciate Earl’s poetry once they devote every ounce of their focus to hearing it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    Can't get over the feeling like this is an extension of J Dilla's Donuts....I play the whole thing through on repeat like Donuts too and findCan't get over the feeling like this is an extension of J Dilla's Donuts....I play the whole thing through on repeat like Donuts too and find something new to love about it each time. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2019
    10
    Absolutely brilliant. near masterpiece of an album. Lyrically, Earl is as sharp as ever, his words carrying the awesome depth he is renownedAbsolutely brilliant. near masterpiece of an album. Lyrically, Earl is as sharp as ever, his words carrying the awesome depth he is renowned for, his flows are innovative and carefully crafted, and his delivery is poignant, but where this project really stands out is in groundbreaking production. This, however, is also a point that is sure to stir a great deal of discord. Where some will find it cutting-edge, lush, and perpetually alluring due to its auditory range, others will find it lazily executed and cobbled together due to the short track lengths, tight, compact mixing, and lo-fi aesthetic. Also, the avant-garde nature of this project will inherently bring its fair-share of detractors, and many simply will not be able to understand the soundscapes that Earl has crafted. Simply put, this album sounds nothing like any other album ever released (including, and especially Earl's own), within the hip hop genre and elsewhere, and stands at only 24 minutes long, despite having 15 tracks. The instrumentals throughout the project are lo-fi (as previously stated), sample-heavy, detailed, meticulously concocted, and altogether decidedly difficult to properly describe. At times they are clunky and disjointed, at others they are velvety and sleek, and everything in-between. There is a great deal of warmth in some, and in others a cold despondence, and this spectrum makes for an abundance of sonic diversity throughout. Overall, an open-minded listener who appreciates lyricism and conceptually and who is a Madlib fan (this is not required in order to enjoy Some Rap Songs, though), is in for an absolute treat, others, however, may be turned off by the experimentality of it. As someone who identifies with the former class, I was floored. This is one of, if not the album of the year, undoubtedly. Expand
  3. Dec 1, 2018
    10
    This album is a masterpiece. Everything from the beautiful production to the overall MADVILLAINY inspired sound really blew me away. Earl hasThis album is a masterpiece. Everything from the beautiful production to the overall MADVILLAINY inspired sound really blew me away. Earl has managed to put together an experimental album that packs and punch and gives listeners an insight into Earl's psyche. Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2018
    9
    This album is simply fantastic on all levels. Earl Sweatshirt is at the top of his game.
  5. Dec 1, 2018
    9
    Took me few listens to really enjoy this album, but if you give it a chance you will probably enjoy it. Earl tried something new with thisTook me few listens to really enjoy this album, but if you give it a chance you will probably enjoy it. Earl tried something new with this album and I think that it's captivating. The beats are the way they are so you focus more on the lyricism over the beats. If you focus on the lyrics you will eventually be all over the album. It's been on repeat since it dropped for me. Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2018
    9
    Some Rap Songs is, in short, a phenomenal album. Earl has evolved his sound like never before, taking the general direction of loosies andSome Rap Songs is, in short, a phenomenal album. Earl has evolved his sound like never before, taking the general direction of loosies and snippets like Wind in My Sails and Hat Trick, and running with it. The resulting work of art is a deep, thoughtful, and difficult to digest one that requires many listens to truly sink one's teeth into.

    Watching Earl evolve over the years has been an exciting process. The hot and bothered astronaut we knew years ago is gone, as is the troubled youth trying to find his place in the world, and the poet who neither liked **** or going outside; instead we find a significantly matured Earl struggling to find peace in his relationship with his recently deceased father, and, thusly, himself.
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  7. Dec 5, 2018
    0
    Unfortunately does nothing for me. A competent rap devoid of any genuine courage to push boundaries in his subject matter. Awful

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