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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: 45 out of 53
  2. Negative: 6 out of 53
  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. Feb 6, 2020
    10
    Earl's opus quite simply. Mourning the death of his poet father in such a poetic way.
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    Dilla? Madlib? DOOM? Which one is it? Earl Sweatshirt seemed to have beautifully meshed those three into one album—a dark and unsettling oneDilla? Madlib? DOOM? Which one is it? Earl Sweatshirt seemed to have beautifully meshed those three into one album—a dark and unsettling one at that. The production and the lyrics go hand in hand and it seems that he certainly perfected the sonic landscape and overall "vibe" of what he was trying to achieve. This album is one that will polarize hip-hop heads just like To Pimp a Butterfly. All in all this album is a great piece of music... Its short and sweet.

    Favorite tracks:
    Cold Summers, The Bends, Azucar, Veins, and Riot!
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  4. Dec 8, 2018
    9
    This album is simply fantastic on all levels. Earl Sweatshirt is at the top of his game.
  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. Aug 2, 2020
    9
    feeling sorry for just listen this now, that is a masterpiece
  7. Dec 12, 2018
    0
    This album, in my opinion, does nothing. No good lyrics, no good beats. Come to expect this of him. Will not play this again.

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