Earl Sweatshirt‘s second studio release I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt differs from its predecessor in being shorter and nearly produced entirely by the artist himself. The production sounds similar to past releases from Odd Future, simple and not overly produced. Earl recorded this project in his apartment and that sums up the vibe of the album, hence the title. Fame is a current theme found on this album. While there are songs where he’s flexing his wordplay like on “Off Top”, there’s songs like “Faucet” where he details his relationship with his mother before being well known. “Inside” he expresses his feelings on his crew blowing up and how he can easily get drugs because he’s famous. On “Mantra” fame comes up once again and also his ex-girlfriend. The only other producer on the project is Left Brain. Vince Staples and Wiki feature on two separate songs bringing excitement to each.
Earl doesn’t need big radio songs or real catchy hooks with R&B singers. He’s fine doing him. With that said, the album is cool but not crazy. One thing that may turn people off is his slow flow. Some may take that as he’s not trying, pertaining to his delivery but that’s all perception. This album is a tale of an artist who’s grown as an individual and artist and you can tell if you compare his two albums. Clocking in at thirty minutes, many would wish it was a tad bit longer but like Earl said on Twitter, “Run my shit back twice, that’s what it’s made for.”
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