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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: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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 4, 2019
    80
    Earl’s choose-your-own-adventure raps belie the precision of his lyrics. His dense words-per-second ratio, as well as the fluid, associative logic that guides Feet of Clay, makes each song appear as a bottled capsule of unfiltered stream-of-consciousness that spills out of him like water from an Artesian well.
  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 12, 2019
    80
    The seven tracks represent different, curious branches extending out from the seeds planted by Some Rap Songs, each reaching for new ideas and switching gears when another thought arrives. It continues Sweatshirt's streak as an innovator and as one of the more compelling artists of his time.
  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. 75
    Some Rap Songs was a few hairs more rewarding in this mode, but Earl Sweatshirt’s cemented a signature mood and production style unlike anyone else’s, and since he’s growing more thoughtful every year, there’s good reason to believe he’ll perfect it. Unfortunately, it also seems that every year he’s growing more depressed as well.
  7. Nov 5, 2019
    70
    The majority of its songs clock in under two minutes, but Earl is able to pack so much into the short amount of time that most tracks warrant multiple listens.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  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 5, 2019
    7
    Feeling somewhat rushed due to the overly repetitive production and the short length of most of the tracks, the EP nevertheless dishes outFeeling somewhat rushed due to the overly repetitive production and the short length of most of the tracks, the EP nevertheless dishes out another suitably satisfying barrage of Earl's verbal gymnastics to keep fans pleased until his next full-length release. Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2019
    7
    This is aight; it's fine. It's not as tight as SRS, nor is it as emotionally potent or as meticulously brilliant in detail. However, it worksThis is aight; it's fine. It's not as tight as SRS, nor is it as emotionally potent or as meticulously brilliant in detail. However, it works as an update to see where exactly Earl's creative head's at post-SRS. It's nothing new for Earl, but it shows him still playing with that New New York experimental hip hop sound (MIKE, Standing on the Corner, etc.) EAST sounds like a borderline meme. He promised "riskier **** since he parted ways w/ the major label, but he ended up signing with another one only to dish out this EP that keeps the SRS formula intact, but strips it of any sort of cohesion or emotional potency. He's touted himself as not being a single's artist, but these songs feel like a bunch of loosies than a project. But overall, I'd rather hear Earl spit in this form than not at all. He definitely claims the spot as one of the greatest MCs to break out this decade, even if his delivery hear teeters on being a little too disinterested. Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2019
    2
    Deadly samey and unadorned. Even Earl's fan won't ever remember this album existed.
  5. Nov 4, 2019
    0
    Not even close to as good as Some Rap Songs and that was a five at best. He's progressively getting worse with each album
  6. 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