On solo album number three, one-of-a-kind Californian rapper Earl Sweatshirt has continued on the experimental and sometimes dejected trajectory that he started with 2015’s I Don’t Like Sh-t, I Don’t Go Outside.
The album’s beats will be the first thing to grab your attention: Madlib-inspired, with a silver jazz lining. Some Rap Songs is devoid of choruses or bridges – which is confronting at first – just Earl laying out verse after verse after verse. The fifteen-track, 24-minute release is rough around the edges, but that’s the point – Earl doesn’t want to sugarcoat or glorify his public battles with depression, creativity, fame or reconciliation with his family, and while this might alienate Odd Future fans, Some Rap Songs is this artist’s most honest release to date.
Some Rap Songs is out now via Sony.
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