- 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.
- Record Label: Columbia
- Genre(s): Rap
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Nov 30, 2018The 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.
Dec 4, 2018Some 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.
Dec 7, 2018The 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.
Dec 3, 2018Can'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
Mar 20, 2019I love this record. I didn't understand it on the first listen, but I listened to it again and stumbled on something. If you've listened toI love this record. I didn't understand it on the first listen, but I listened to it again and stumbled on something. If you've listened to this album, you are probably aware that the first two words of "Shattered Dreams" (first track of the album) are: "Imprecise words". Why is that?
The album is unlike any I've heard. Not just the best album of a year or decade or genre, but one of the strongest pieces of music using the language of its time. Why is that?
I'll prove my case by explaining one of the many musical jokes in the album.
In the track "December 24th", after Earl is done rapping, you hear a common trope in hip hop music. When the artist stops rapping and the beat cuts only to come back harder than ever, sometimes, instead of complete silence, you get a headphone solo or evidence of a leaky channel being muted on a master console. In this case, you hear the instrumental Earl was rapping over. If you carefully listen, you'll notice the beat is the same as the one featured in the majority of the track, only pitch shifted up somewhere in the area of a major third. This is not an accident. This record is full of jokes like this; some obvious, others buried.
Whether this is intentional or not is up to Earl to reveal. But make no mistake that, like the fake ending in "Shattered Dreams" where the introductory vocal sample (is it a sample or treated to sound like one?) repeats as soon as he says the word chosen.… Expand
Dec 1, 2018This album is a masterpiece. Everything from the beautiful production to the overall MADVILLAINY inspired sound really blew me away. Earl hasThis album is a masterpiece. Everything from the beautiful production to the overall MADVILLAINY inspired sound really blew me away. Earl has managed to put together an experimental album that packs and punch and gives listeners an insight into Earl's psyche.… Expand
Dec 1, 2018Took me few listens to really enjoy this album, but if you give it a chance you will probably enjoy it. Earl tried something new with thisTook me few listens to really enjoy this album, but if you give it a chance you will probably enjoy it. Earl tried something new with this album and I think that it's captivating. The beats are the way they are so you focus more on the lyricism over the beats. If you focus on the lyrics you will eventually be all over the album. It's been on repeat since it dropped for me.… Expand
Dec 4, 2018Lyrics are the best Earl's ever had and though it would sound better cleanly produced, the shaky production fits with the sinking and confusedLyrics are the best Earl's ever had and though it would sound better cleanly produced, the shaky production fits with the sinking and confused feeling of the album. Themes of family and death make the album emotionally stronger.… Expand
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