Over the past couple of months, it seems everybody is jumping on this Odd Future bandwagon. I haven't listened to all of Odd Future so I'm not jumping on the bandwagon but I am a fan of Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean. For those of you who don't know about Earl Sweatshirt, he released this FreeLP in 2010 at only 16 years of age. The release was met with much acclaim however, once his parents found out what he rapping about, they sent him out of the country to finish his schooling. Complex Magazine believes to have found him in Samoa attending a boarding school. Many have praised Tyler The Creator's production on EARL and rightfully so. The gritty, raw, and untraditional beats have opened up the door for Hip Hop to take a step away from the Pop route it has ventured into and revert back to experimental days when artists weren't afraid to take a chance.
What draws me to Earl is the the intricate rhyme scheme he applies to each individual line coupled with the maniacal content of a lunatic who escaped an asylum. When combined, the two elements create a listening experience comparable to a viewing of A Clorkwork Orange; obscure, disturbed, ultraviolent, and even kind of beautiful in some odd way. After listening to a few bars of "Earl" you'll realize you haven't heard anything quite like this. I disagree with the horrorcore tag many are slapping on Earl Sweatshirt. In my opinion, his content is similar to Eminem's Slim Shady LP in terms of shock value. Well thats about as much of a review as I'm going to write for this. Enjoy the music.
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