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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 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. 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.
  3. The brevity and density of the album, coupled with the unique production, makes it seem like an epilogue to ‘Some Rap Songs’. Earl Sweatshirt has made another project that listeners will scrutinise and dissect repeatedly. It’s further proof that Earl Sweatshirt is a generational talent.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. 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