Earl Sweatshirt Review: Doris

Earl Sweatshirt

Doris

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For some reason I believe a lot of people were expecting a masterpiece from Earl Sweatshirt.  A lot of hype has surrounded Earl’s return to the United States and getting back on the grid.  The hype wasn’t without merit, highlighted by his turn on Frank Ocean’s superb “Super Rich Kids”.  But I think everyone kind of forgets that a.) he is only 19 years of age, b.) his mixtape Earl was almost entirely produced by production wizard Tyler, the Creator, and c.) most of his other credits were at the hand of very experienced producers and more accomplished artists.  So no, Doris is not a masterpiece.  But give Earl Sweatshirt a couple more albums and I think he may have that potential.
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A$AP Rocky Review: This Sh*t Cray

A$AP Rocky Review

LiveLoveA$AP        

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This may be the only time I ever review a mixtape.  Some hip-hop artists are so prolific with the amount of mixtapes they release (e.g., Gucci Mane), it is often hard to keep up.  So, I often just stick to studio releases, and the occasional mixtape that gets a lot of good publicity.  Well, I can’t recall a mixtape that has gotten as much hype as A$AP Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP, and the alleged 3 million dollar deal he received from RCA/Sony.  I was skeptical of the hype Rocky has been receiving, but let me tell you that this self-proclaimed “pretty motherf****r” has delivered not just the best mixtape of the year, but possibly the best hip-hop album in general.

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