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  • Summary: The seven-track surprise EP release for the Los Angeles rapper features guest appearances from Mach-Hommy and Mavi.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nov 5, 2019
    84
    This is straight-up anti-pop-rap: unpolished, unevenly mixed, structurally unbalanced, primarily self-produced, and polarizing. ... They don’t sound half-baked so much as purposefully unfinished, a move even further off the grid for one of our most promising shut-ins.
  2. Nov 15, 2019
    80
    As with the free-jazz innovators of the 1960s, Sweatshirt continually pushes against the notion that rap music requires any formulas at all.
  3. 80
    There’s the sense that the artist is using this record as a transitionary vehicle, a space where he can blend familiar themes with unfamiliar sounds, adopt different lyrical approaches and mix them with different styles of production and instrumentation. Such an effort is testament to Sweatshirt’s status as one of the foremost artists of the hip-hop avant-garde.
  4. Nov 15, 2019
    80
    If you’d said in 2014 that by 2019 Earl Sweatshirt, a scrawny kid from Odd Future, would be one of the most well-regarded hip hop artists, nobody would have taken it seriously. But after 2018’s Some Rap Songs, it has become evident that it’s true, and the new EP proves it.
  5. Nov 7, 2019
    76
    The only real thing separating this from Some Rap Songs is the lack of duration and inter-song flow; Earl's last album deserved those slightly silly Abbey Road nods as much as Jeff Rosenstock's WORRY. did, whereas FEET OF CLAY plays as self-contained little musings that seem to flutter in and out as a radio channel changes.
  6. Nov 15, 2019
    76
    As abrasive as it feels, it’s a lyrically rewarding payoff for listeners who choose to sift through the muddle and explore a high-brow exercise into poetry. Otherwise, old Odd Future fans and casual Hip-Hop listeners will be turned off by its off-putting and annoyingly grating aesthetics.
  7. The Wire
    Dec 9, 2019
    50
    I’m always holding out hope for more of the genius heard on Doris but it’s unfortunately absent on Feet Of Clay. [Jan 2020, p.74]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Nov 4, 2019
    10
    Earl never dissapoint. He has found a new sound in his music-making. And he is keeping the pace.
  2. Nov 17, 2019
    10
    This album is absolute dumb fire. Earl delivered an excellent project from top to bottom. His lyricism on this was definitely top notch andThis album is absolute dumb fire. Earl delivered an excellent project from top to bottom. His lyricism on this was definitely top notch and the production was fantastic as well. Earl Sweatshirt did an immaculate job on this album. Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2021
    8
    Not as good as Some Rap Songs, but always great.
    I didn't liked 4N, but other tracks (example for WHOLE WORLD in the deluxe edition or EAST
    Not as good as Some Rap Songs, but always great.
    I didn't liked 4N, but other tracks (example for WHOLE WORLD in the deluxe edition or EAST in the normal version) were great and with strange instrumentals.
    Surely experimental and surely great, but not as great as Some Rap Songs, even thought the style is the same.
    Great album 8/10.
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  4. Jan 1, 2020
    7
    Definitely not nearly as good as Some Rap Songs, but not at all disappointing. I've seen quite a bit of mixed opinions on this album, but IDefinitely not nearly as good as Some Rap Songs, but not at all disappointing. I've seen quite a bit of mixed opinions on this album, but I think it's pretty solid for what it is. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2019
    2
    Deadly samey and unadorned. Even Earl's fan won't ever remember this album existed.
  6. Mar 8, 2020
    0
    mumble dick garbage this shouldnt be in the hip hop section at all it really is senseless crap wtf
  7. Nov 5, 2019
    0
    Take this review lightly as I am not a fan of Earl however I have taken a listen to each of his albums to see what there is to offer. Most ofTake this review lightly as I am not a fan of Earl however I have taken a listen to each of his albums to see what there is to offer. Most of his stuff has come to be more of a lyrical artistic vibe. This album is completely that and I am not sure if it can really be considered as "Hip-Hop" or "Rap". Appealing most likely to the die-hard fans of Earl and anyone who likes good lyricism over terrible beat selection. Expand

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