Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2018 Ratings: #48 / 794
Year End Rank: #20
User Score
2018 Ratings: #10
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November 30, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tan Cressida, Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

The video-game melancholia and digital ephemera of I Don’t Like Shit showed how purposeful the blown-out sonics of the SoundCloud era can be when paired with a generational talent, but Some Rap Songs places Earl’s aesthetic within a longer timeline, reaching back to the atmospheric, bomb-shelter style of turn-of-the-millennium backpack rap, as well as the early-’90s golden age to which that nodded.

100
The Guardian
Amid a rap culture of sprawling albums with cosmopolitan beats that hop between country and style, Earl Sweatshirt’s third album initially seems as modest as its title. Mostly self-produced and with few guests – two of whom are his own parents – its 15 tracks only break the two-minute mark twice. But it ends up being one of the best rap albums of the year, a smoky iceberg of great emotional depth.
90
Highsnobiety
This modestly-named third full-length foray sees Kgositsile comes into his own by fully embracing genre-bending abstraction. It can be challenging, even voyeuristic, but it is heart-wrenching and compelling nonetheless.
90
AllMusic

Simultaneously sad, strange, and warmly nostalgic, Some Rap Songs is excitingly listenable and emotionally connected despite its abstruse approach.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

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.

88
Pitchfork
With his latest record, the onetime teen prodigy reemerges as the face of a new sound and scene that blurs the line between avant-garde jazz and hip-hop.
85
Northern Transmissions

Some Rap Songs is a pretty rare rap album as each song perfectly bleeds into one another. This leaves the group of songs in its own concept universe.

84
Sputnikmusic

Detractors might call Some Rap Songs unfinished-sounding or simplistic, pointing to the 15 tracks that barely eclipse the length of Kanye's 7-track Wyoming albums earlier this year. But Earl is a formalist who knows exactly when he's done making his point, a skill that puts him above most contemporaries just as firmly as his lyrical talents.

82
HipHopDX

With its esoteric lo-fi production and imperfect style, Some Rap Songs is easily one of the year’s most intriguing projects.

80
NME
‘Some Rap Songs’ may be a brief exercise, but its ambition and the – largely successful – execution of its ideas demonstrate that the enigmatic Earl is as fascinating as ever.
80
Crack Magazine

In just under 25 minutes, Some Rap Songs explores a great deal of psychological territory. It’s a record that’s unconcerned about being liked, but it’s worth spending some time with it. Earl Sweatshirt has important things to say, and you’ve got to lean in close if you want to hear them.

80
Rolling Stone

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.

80
The Needle Drop

Some Rap Songs is Earl Sweatshirt's most emotionally intense and artistically defined project yet.

80
XXL

Some Rap Songs packs a lot in 25 minutes, making for an unsettling listen that is also one of the most personal, gripping rap records of the year.

80
Spectrum Culture

It’s impossible to say where Earl is mentally after Some Rap Songs. This was obviously a document of catharsis and exploration, diving into his own artistic and troubled genetics. But musically, he’s created the most captivating album of his career.

80
Mojo

Some Rap Songs is Earl Sweatshirt's most accomplished and deeply personal statement yet.

75
The 405

Some Rap Songs is not a casual record—it isn’t one to bump in your car, neither is it one to “enjoy” per se. Depression, a shared yet unique experience—is a topic to empathize with—and for Earl, it’s a festering reality—one he has finally been able to channel into his art most intricate and affecting.

70
Exclaim!

Although a very strong record for what it is, Some Rap Songs lacks the emotional power of the two albums that preceded it, particularly Doris, which charted Earl's transition back to civilian life from a Samoan wilderness camp.

67
Consequence of Sound
It’s yet another deep, personal, reflective album that’ll impress listeners but, in this instance, leave them only partially satisfied. While they’ll no doubt be dreaming about some of these beats for weeks, they will also wish the conversation Sweatshirt begins here would continue and that the young rapper would speak up. That’s the price that comes with having something to say.
60
NOW Magazine
The album could be a blueprint for the future sound of hip-hop. But for now, it’s unlikely the avant-garde lyricism will dominate RapCaviar anytime soon.
PcPowerUp
45
an album of snippets

Edit for people who wanna know my issues with this: It feels and sounds like a bunch of unfinished demos that were made in 2 months. The flows are really uninteresting and overall there's really nothing overtly enjoyable about this project. Each song is too short to be truly enjoyable (That's not saying short songs are all bad, but at least pack something interesting in the short runtime of a song)
MaxSmitty98
95
Ever since their dismemberment, the solo acts of Odd Future have put out their best work to date. Frank Ocean with Blonde, Tyler with Flower Boy, and now Earl with Some Rap Songs.

This album is this generations response to Madvilliany. It is mind-warping, lo-fi, and at the same time feels like Earl coming to peace with who he is.

FAV SONGS:
Shattered Dreams, Cold Summers, Nowhere2go, December 24, Ontheway!, The Mint, The Bends, Azucar, Veins, Playing Possum, Peanut, Riot!

LEAST FAV ... read more
ThrowBackG
85
I like to imagine I’m at a Denny’s at three in the morning.

I pick a seat near the window so my eyes can fixate on the street. I can’t sleep and I’m done wrestling my urge to. I order coffee.
“Black, please.” I ask quietly.
I can’t taste anything right now, so why make things harder for the people in the back? I hear the creaking of a chair. I see a man stand up getting ready leave. Seemingly, a trucker from the look of his wonky physique and the way ... read more
Atrocityblubber
100
idk man everytime I listen to this I feel like I'm getting in touch with God. Everything feels like everything here is like done to near perfection. Instrumentally abstract but tight. Lyrically amazing but simple. He basically maximized everything to make this album feel special like its a wildly different album from the rest of his discography. And packs more depression filled lyrics despite it not being as dark as idls,idgo which is a great album. But I keep returning to this album cause of ... read more
hermit
100
Wow... I really spent the last hour writing this.

For those of you who don’t know this about me (as I dislike bringing this up constantly in every review) I was diagnosed with clinical depression at a young age. Growing up with the rough childhood that I had, being bullied and outcasted throughout my years in school, struggling to make friends in any form I tried to, my family had trouble understanding the way that I acted with them in denial that I was depressed and not having any ... read more
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Track List

  1. Shattered Dreams
  2. Red Water
  3. Cold Summers
  4. Nowhere2go
  5. December 24
  6. Ontheway! (feat. Standing On the Corner)
  7. The Mint (feat. Navy Blue)
  8. The Bends
  9. Loosie
  10. Azucar
  11. Eclipse
  12. Veins
  13. Playing Possum (feat. Cheryl Harris & Keorapetse Kgositsile)
  14. Peanut
  15. Riot!
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Added on: November 20, 2018