UNITED STATES—On Tuesday, August 27, Earl Sweatshirt from the rap group Odd Future released his studio debut album “
Doris.” Earl, known to be the group’s best lyricist and rapper, held his fans in anticipation until now.
He kicks off the album with “Pre” featuring SK La’ Flare, as they both trade off on verses over a slow beat. The album than goes into “
Burgundy” featuring Vince Staples, in the song he talks about the expectations of being a rapper. “20 Wave Caps” features Domo Genesis as both rap random rhymes with no objective. “Sunday” one of the best songs on the album features Grammy-winning crooner
Ocean. “Hive” featuring Vince Staples and Casey Veggies showcases the rapper talking about knocking people out with Veggies offering a verse and Staples assisting on the hook.
“Chum” an honest song, which was also the first single on the album, is a dark song that offers insight into Earl’s thoughts on not having a father and looking for direction. “Sasquatch” features Odd Future’s leader, Tyler The Creator who offers the first verse, which is another random song. “Centurion” features Vince Staples with a beat that is dark and they both share eerie raps. “523” is a sort of skit, an instrumental featuring drums and a sample. “Uncle Al” is a short song in, where Earl raps about various things; not really an eventful song.
“Guild” which features Mac Miller is another dark song. Miller gets on the first verse and Earl raps after that as they both have distorted voices. “Molasses” is a good song that features Wu Tang’s RZA who offers the hook of the song and the beat. “Whoa” features Tyler The Creator, and its a song that sees Earl return to his lyrical style which allows him to let loose. The album transitions into “Hoarse,” which has a good beat and more dark material. The album caps off with “Knight,” assisted by Domo Genesis as both rappers offer honest raps both about not having their fathers and how their lives turned out well without them.
This album shows flashes of Earl’s progression in songs such as “Chum,” “Sunday,” “Knight,” “Hoarse” and “Sunday.” His monotonous voice isn’t a problem it’s more of his random raps in various songs that feel like album fillers. He needs songs with more of a topic and direction.