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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Los Angeles-based rapper features guest appearances by Navy Blue and Standing On The Corner as well as vocal samples of his parents: Cheryl Harris and (the late) Keorapetse Kgositsile.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 7, 2018
    100
    One of the best rap albums of the year, a smoky iceberg of great emotional depth.
  2. Dec 20, 2018
    90
    For all its signs of progression, the record is never heavy-handed with its ambition. Its unforced attempt at making sense of the fraught present, at finding shelter without resorting to convenient escape, is a rare and, dare I say, sincere feat.
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    88
    The project is distinctly rough around the edges, to great effect; there’s the sound of dust popping off vinyl and cassette hiss throughout. ... His uncle and father are gone, but Earl is still here, carrying on their artistic legacy--and, with the help of his collaborators, building his own.
  4. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Some Rap Songs is the rare album by an immensely talented lyricist who deigns not to pull out any fireworks, opting to sink into the cushion’s of a therapist’s couch in the search for an honest work of art. It’s a delicate statement of restraint, and in this case the process shows more of the artist than ever before.
  5. Dec 5, 2018
    80
    The album reasserts his status as a uniquely fascinating rapper. On Some Rap Songs, he’s making the most adventurous and exciting music of his career so far.
  6. Dec 6, 2018
    75
    Though Some Rap Songs may come across as a collection of underdeveloped vignettes of previously covered subject matter, further and deeper listening showcases an economical poet at his most striking self.
  7. Dec 7, 2018
    60
    The problem is that Earl’s stream of consciousness style does not lend itself to easy listening. Off-kilter drum loops and piano chords bury the lyrics on Red Water and Peanut, creating an unfriendly sonic experience reminiscent of listening to a song with cheap earphones in a noisy room. Listeners will only be able to appreciate Earl’s poetry once they devote every ounce of their focus to hearing it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 62
  2. Negative: 6 out of 62
  1. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    Can't get over the feeling like this is an extension of J Dilla's Donuts....I play the whole thing through on repeat like Donuts too and findCan't get over the feeling like this is an extension of J Dilla's Donuts....I play the whole thing through on repeat like Donuts too and find something new to love about it each time. Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2021
    10
    I have a big emotional attachment for this album. The way this rekord does not follow the usual song structure was mind blowing the first timeI have a big emotional attachment for this album. The way this rekord does not follow the usual song structure was mind blowing the first time i listened to it. Back then my friends would only listen to the popular rap songs, but this album really showed my that music is so much more than streams. That there is space for all types of sound, which i think this album portrays perfectly. It is messy, depressive and hypnotizing. Expand
  3. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    A collection of songs where Earl somehow manages to only speak when necessary, leaving the listener amazed about how so little could mean soA collection of songs where Earl somehow manages to only speak when necessary, leaving the listener amazed about how so little could mean so much. Earl produces 9 of the 15 tracks on this possible AOTY candidate and leaves a listener in a daze from how great his rhymes, production and lyricism are. Definitely proving himself to be the best rapper of his generation. Expand
  4. Aug 2, 2020
    9
    feeling sorry for just listen this now, that is a masterpiece
  5. Nov 30, 2018
    9
    It's 24 minutes, but it is without a doubt Earl Sweatshirt's best album to date. He brings a sound and style to his music that we have notIt's 24 minutes, but it is without a doubt Earl Sweatshirt's best album to date. He brings a sound and style to his music that we have not heard before but still retains the quintessential Earl that we have heard on his other two albums.

    The first listen may be difficult for some, however a second and third listen prove much easier to pay close attention to and hear all of the unique sounds that Earl uses throughout this short journey into jazz and lo-fi territory. Highly recommend. Contender for best hip hop album of the year.
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  6. Dec 3, 2018
    8
    This will probably end up being one of the most important albums this year and maybe this decade. Showing the industry that you don't needThis will probably end up being one of the most important albums this year and maybe this decade. Showing the industry that you don't need 1h30min album, or a 5minute song to paint a complete picture.

    Although the distorted style production, won't please a lot of people, it even took me a while to appreciate, even though, i still think it doesn't fit in some songs. But the production is something i've never heard before, with the distorted like beats, showing us that Earl is lost and showing a whole new concept of depression in musically, bringing jazz/hip-hop to a whole new level.

    But if you don't enjoy the production, Earl's lyrics also make it count, the songs being very short, Earl rides, those beats, with great flows, and great lyrics, telling us what you can call it "short stories".

    The album doesn't come without it's small issues, but Earl has managed to deliver one of the best, and for some, even the best album of the year

    Favorite tracks: Shattered Dreams, Nowhere2go, December 24, The Mint, The Bends, Azucar, Veins
    Least Favorite Tracks: Red Water, Playing Possum
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  7. Apr 4, 2020
    0
    There Is Nothing I Can Say Great About This Album. Production Is Loud, Distracting, And Irritating, Which Pretty Much Drowns Out The Lyrics. IThere Is Nothing I Can Say Great About This Album. Production Is Loud, Distracting, And Irritating, Which Pretty Much Drowns Out The Lyrics. I Feel Like If The Production Was Turned Down A Notch, I Would've Been Able To Hear The Lyrics And Possibly Enjoy The Album. It's Like Listening Too Mumble Rap, But Instead Of Mumbling, We Get Overly Dramatic Samples Of Quiet Rapping. I Am Disappointed. Expand

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