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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: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dec 7, 2018
    100
    One of the best rap albums of the year, a smoky iceberg of great emotional depth.
  2. Dec 6, 2018
    100
    Well, it can be [dour]. But it’s also ecstatic. Make no mistake: This is an album by one of the best rappers alive, elbowing slant rhymes and assonance into his disses (“Please do abort, I could feel when you’re forcin’ it / Still in a bore riddim”) and exhaling those singularly oblong sentences of his (“Galaxy’s the distance between us by Christmas,” he describes one foundering relationship).
  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. 80
    Some Rap Songs may be a brief exercise, but its ambition and the--largely successful--execution of its ideas demonstrate that the enigmatic Earl is as fascinating as ever.
  5. 80
    Musically, Sweatshirt couples the words with rhythmically skewed, sampled loops of vintage soul artists including singer Linda Clifford, funk band the Endeavors and Stax Records group the Soul Children. Unlike the boom-bap producers who did the same in the ’90s, though, Sweatshirt busts the bars into cubist, Earl-descending-a-staircase increments.
  6. 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.
  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: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  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. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    A collection of songs where Earl somehow manages to only speak when necessary, leaving the listener amazed about how so little could mean soA collection of songs where Earl somehow manages to only speak when necessary, leaving the listener amazed about how so little could mean so much. Earl produces 9 of the 15 tracks on this possible AOTY candidate and leaves a listener in a daze from how great his rhymes, production and lyricism are. Definitely proving himself to be the best rapper of his generation. 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
    Thank you fath for making some gud rap songs. fav tracks= shattered dreams, nowhere2go, ontheway, the mint, azucar, peanut, riot
  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 7, 2018
    9
    A experience that challenges the listener. Very influenced by underground hip-hop and by the recent events in earl's life, creating greatA experience that challenges the listener. Very influenced by underground hip-hop and by the recent events in earl's life, creating great sounds and lyrics. Expand
  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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