Album Review | Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

I first heard about Earl Sweatshirt a few months after the OF Tape, Vol. 2 dropped. I was still gettin’ into Tyler The Creator at the time. I heard about Tyler when he one that award for Yonkers. Honestly, the only reason I checked him out was because I thought Tyler The Creator was a cool name. The first time I heard Earl was on Oldie. That verse was dope af. I didn’t really start listening to him like that until I heard AssMilk. I love that song. When Doris came out, I thought it was ok. The slow paced production and Earl’s monotone delivery made the project pretty boring to me. It started growing on me the more I listened to it and now I love that project. I ain’t really like Sunday tho. Or Pre. I also prefer the Left Brain version of Chum. Anyway, I got really excited when this project was announced. That was like one of the greatest days in Hip Hop for me because To Pimp A Butterfly had just dropped and y’all already know how I feel about that, so when I added that album to iTunes and then heard that this was comin’ out in a week I was happy. Real happy. This album’s delivery seems to have been fucked up by Earl’s label, just like To Pimp A Butterfly. In fact, Earl tweeted about it and basically ripped off the format of Top Dawg’s tweet.

I’m expecting this to be dope af. Earl’s delivery has become a lot more energetic since he released Doris. His verse on New Faces by Mac Miller was dope af.

Track 1: Huey (Prod. randomblackdude)

In case you didn’t know, randomblackdude is the pseudonym that Earl goes by as a producer. This beat is dope af. Earl’s beats always remind me of Napoleon Dynamite for some reason. His flow is dope af. His flow and delivery are a lot more exciting than they were on Doris. Sometimes his monotone delivery worked to his benefit on Doris tho. Like on Chum, it made it sound like he was really depressed. This was a really good intro to the album. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 2: Mantra (Prod. randomblackdude)

Oh shit. This beat is dope af. This is great. The hook is dope af. It’s so weird hearing Earl with this delivery. If it was anyone else this wouldn’t really matter, but since it’s Earl it seems so much doper than it really is. It doesn’t even sound like the same person. His flow is dope af. This is great. The song gets pitch shifted up and down at the end. It slows down and then switches up. Damn this beat is even doper. Fuck. It sounds like… something you might hear on the radio, but it’s still got that cheap OF sound. I don’t mean that as an insult tho. If you listen to OF you know what I mean by cheap. It’s a lo-fi beat. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Faucet (Prod. randomblackdude)

The transitions on this album are dope; i didn’t even notice that this was a separate track until I looked at the iTunes window. This beat is better than the previous one. It’s real smooth. The hook’s dope af. Earl’s a complexed dude. I honestly have no idea what the fuck he’s talkin’ about on this song. It definitely ain’t about how much money he’s stackin’ or how many females he’s makin’ sweet, sweet love to down by the fire. I get certain parts of it like when he’s “On tour wildin’ by the truck stop racists,” but I haven’t gotten the full message of the song. This is one of the downsides to the kind of reviews I do. 95% of the time they’re just my first reaction (like Big Quint), so these projects don’t really get time to sit with me. Honestly, my initial thoughts on Hip Hop projects never really change, but I don’t get the time to analyze every bar of every song… What was I talkin’ about? Oh yeah. Earl’s flow is dope on this. The beat is dope af. I fuck with the hook. His flow’s on point. The song is dope af. I fuck with the song. His song’s on point. 5/5

Track 4: Grief (Prod. randomblackdude)

Grief

I know I’ve only listened to three tracks so far, but I don’t see any of the other beats being as fucked up or dark as this. It kinda reminds me of Guild, except the drum pattern is a lot more up-tempo. This was the first single for the album and it’s incredibly dark, just like Chum was. This is an even darker song than that was tho. He’s talking about how his grandmama died and how he doesn’t trust anyone. The beat works, but it’s hard to say “it sounds good.” It’s not really meant to sound good. It really just makes this sound dark as shit. The biggest problem I had with Guild was the slow, lazy flow and the pitch-shifted vocals. Both of those problems are pretty much nonexistent with this song. In the first bar of the second verse he talks about how he’s high and the way he’s flowing over the beat makes it sound like he’s actually really high. His voice becomes more monotone and his flow slows down a lot. I feel like if the beat wasn’t already as fucked up and dark as it is now it would’ve become more distorted for this verse. The beat switches up at the end. It sounds a lot happier. This part of the song reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite, to a much lesser extent than Huey. The way the beat switches up at the end is similar to that of Chum. It’s a lot less EXTREME!!! tho. It’s not as fast-paced as that was. Overall this song is dope. The beat might grow on me eventually, but right now it’s nothing special. 4/5

Track 5: Off Top (Prod. randomblackdude & Left Brain)

This beat is dope. It actually has a melody. It still sounds real dark. Like something you would hear in a horror movie. There’s not much to say about this song that I didn’t say about the other tracks. It’s still just a real dark sounding beat with incredibly personal lyrics about how Earl doesn’t trust anyone. His flow is nothing special on this track. It’s a good song, but it doesn’t stand out from the other ones so far. It’s real short. It’s even shorter than the intro, Huey. This is dope. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 6: Grown Ups Feat. Da$H (Prod. Left Brain)

I fuck with Da$H. It kinda bothers me that he doesn’t have “A$AP” in his name tho. He’s in the A$AP Mob, but he’s the only one without the A$AP moniker. It’s not really a big deal, but it just kinda bothers me a little. I don’t know about this beat. It honestly just sounds like noise. It’s pretty annoying. Da$H is barely on here. He has half a verse at the end. It also sounds like a few of his bars were mixed with Earl’s in the first verse. I’m not really feelin’ this. The lyrics are kinda cool, but the beat is annoying and Earl & Da$H’s flow was nothing special. The hook’s alright. Nah. I ain’t feelin’ this. 2/5

Track 7: AM // Radio Feat. Wiki (Prod. randomblackdude)

I only ever heard Wiki one other time, on Blockbuster Night, Pt. 2 by Run The Jewels. He got kind of a weird voice, but he ain’t that bad. He really ain’t nothing special tho. He’s a member of a group called RATKING. I never listened to any of they shit. In the intro to this song there’s a generic stock sound effect of kids screaming. I’m pretty sure you can find that same sound effect in GarageBand. Oh…  It’s part of the actual beat. Wiki’s flow is nothing special. Earl’s flow is better tho. The beat’s dope. It just switched up. Oh shit. This beat is dope af. This is way better than the first beat. It’s instrumental. I feel like Earl never raps over his best beats. This song is dope af. The production was great, and both MCs did thye thing. I fuck with this. 5/5

Track 8: Inside (Prod. randomblackdude)

This beat is dope af. It’s a lot less dark than the other songs on this album. This is actually kinda smooth. I fuck with this hook. Earl’s flow is on point. Damn. This song is too short. It’s only a minute and 50 seconds long. That’s the third song on the album that’s less than three minutes long. It ends really abruptly and makes the song sound incomplete. I’m not taking off points for that because I still like the song, I just wish it was longer. I fuck with this tho. ‘Cause it’s dope af. 5/5

Track 9: DNA Feat. Na’kel (Prod. randomblackdude)

Na’kel isn’t officially a member of Odd Future. I don’t even think he’s a rapper. He was just on Trashwang, but that was a joke song anyway. His verse wasn’t bad on that song or anything, but the song as a whole wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. Oh shit. Earl’s flow is dope af on this. This is gonna sound weird… but it actually kinda reminds me of the Migos flow… He’s rappin’ in triplets. Earl’s verse is dope af. The hook’s dope af. Na’kel sounds dope on this. He’s rappin’ about his brother who died. Damn. According to RapGenius, he wrote his verse right after getting the news of his brother’s death. That’s fucked up. You can tell that he’s fucked up because of his delivery. He’s apparently high on acid too. This beat is dope af. I fuck with this. Man… This shit dope af. 5/5

Track 10: Wool Feat. Vince Staples (Prod. randomblackdude)

Oh shit. This beat is dope af. Vince fuckin’ killed it. I fuck with Vince Staples. Vince & Earl always make heat. Earl killed it too. Both they flows was dope af. This is probably the most energetic delivery that Earl’s had on the whole album. This is the most energetic song. This is probably the least dark song on the album. There’s no hook. That’s a good thing. I fuck with this shit. This is dope af. 5/5

Final Thoughts:

That was a pretty good album. It got kinda rough in the middle, but as a whole I fuck with this shit. Earl’s delivery and flow have seen a massive improvement. He’s a lot more energetic and he doesn’t sound as monotone as he used to. I feel like some of these songs would’ve benefited from his more monotone flow, like Grief. It was refreshing to hear him with more energy for the most part tho. The production is really hit or miss for me. Earl isn’t really an amazing producer or anything, but since he raps over his own shit he’s able to make the perfect sound for what he’s going for. If he knows the lyrics are gonna be really dark, he makes a beat like Grief. If he’s making a more standard rap song with bars and energetic flows, he makes a beat like Wool. I said before that Earl leaves his best beats as instrumentals. I really wish he would just rap over them. They’re really good beats, but I don’t really like to listen to just instrumentals. There dope, but they ain’t dope enough for me to want to listen to them without vocals. The only song that I didn’t really like was Grown Ups. It wasn’t terrible. I only disliked it because of the beat. Earl and Da$H did they thing, but the beat was just so annoying to me. Na’kel’s verse on DNA was fucked up. In a good way tho. It made sense for him to be on this project. He probably wouldn’t have gotten a verse if his brother didn’t die. I don’t know what else he would’ve rapped about. He really hasn’t put out enough music for me to know what kind of rapper he is. I’m pretty sure that’s only the second verse he ever released. If you already like Earl and you aren’t incredibly obsessed with his Doris flow, you’ll definitely like this. If you didn’t like Earl before and thought he was boring, you might like this. If you never liked the beats he rhymed over, not much has changed. If you have no idea who the fuck Earl is, listen to Chum, Hive & Grief. You’ll probably know whether or not you like him from those songs. This album is really personal. He raps about personal problems. I definitely like this project. This shit is dope af.

Favorite Song: Mantra

Least Favorite Song: Grown Ups

Verdict:

90%

VERY HOTTTTT

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