The prodigal son returns! Earl Sweatshirt serves up his third solo LP Some Rap Songs three years on the troubled I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Well, we say LP - at just shy of 25 minutes, Some Rap Songs is as brief as they come. However, this brevity plays to the Off Future man’s strengths as he serves up a series of quick-fire impressionist hip-hop takes. He also sounds a little happier than before - some of the beats could almost be described as ‘sunny’.
Vinyl LP £15.13 19075898051
LP on Odd Future / Columbia.
8/10 Tom 24th January 2019
Since going solo and seemingly parting ways with his Odd Future cohorts, Earl Sweatshirt has ploughed a singular depressive path. Arguably the most naturally talented rapper in the clique, Some Rap Songs finds Earl going easy of the multi-syllabic rhyme schemes of his early work in favour of a more relaxed stream-of-conscious flow. This combined with the lo-fi Madlib- and J Dilla-inspired production gives Some Rap Songs (as it's nonchalant title suggests) a low-key, even low-stakes, feel. But in stripping away the lyrical theatrics and Tyler the Creator's Neptune-indebted, bombastic production, Earl presents us with a micro-glimpse into his inner-world, where he occasionally lets slip details of parental strife (namely with his late father poet Keorapetse Kgositsile) and his struggles with mental health. With 15 songs coming in at 24 minutes, the songs are tantalizingly short which works to their advantage, leaving you wanted more.
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