EARTHGANG - Mirrorland
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #395 / 649
User Score
Based on 405 ratings
2019 Ratings: #739
Liked by 4 people
September 6, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dreamville, Interscope / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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The magic of EarthGang is that they’re able to easily traverse soundscapes that swim against the current while remaining so connected to their southern roots (musically and culturally).

Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot bring deep lyricism to their Dreamville debut. With jazzy licks and intricate concepts, they could become the next Outkast.


Mirrorland is a southern hip-hop (specifically Atlanta) record through and through, and some of the references may go over the heads of listeners outside of Georgia. But its eclectic jazz and funk production serves as a great introduction to the new class of rappers on the come up since OutKast.

The debut album from Spillage Village founders Olu and WowGr8 is a whimsical, theatrical attempt to capture the inexhaustible magic of Atlanta.

If they can trim flab like "LaLa Challenge" on their next LP, EarthGang's otherwise lean and careening style has the potential to reach the acclaim earned by their label head J. Cole — even if the stratospheric success of Stankonia remains out of reach for now.

The Needle Drop

EarthGang's shortcomings become apparent when they tone the intensity down midway through Mirrorland.

New OutKast album? No. Not at all.

Earthgang have released "Mirrorland", a rather inconsistent debut album. But let's be clear, Earthgang have a lot of talent, and this talent is reflected in "Mirrorland". Driven by J. Cole's label Dreamville Records, the duo composed by Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot) have distinguished themselves from the trap scene of Atlanta by offering a kind of hybridization between Outkast and The Pharcyde. On paper, the idea may ... read more
EARTHGANG finally drops their long-awaited album, 'Mirrorland'. Was the wait worth it?

Honestly, yeah!

It's clear that EARTHGANG are trying to make catchy banger after and catchy banger, and while they don't necessarily achieve that consistently throughout the album, their personality and energy keep this from becoming a stale listen towards the end. UP is the clear standout on the album, but songs like Proud of U, Top Down, Swivel, Blue Moon, and many others are all tracks that really ... read more

EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ is closest to a modern hip-hop psychedelic experience in the modern age. The duo transitions painlessly from bluesy RnB progressions to hard-hitting bangers. For me, it was a great time.

Color: Pink
FAV TRACKS: UP, Avenue, Tequila, Bank, Lala Challenge, Top Down, Proud of U, Blue Moon, This Side
LEAST FAV: Fields, Wings
I'm really not feeling this tbh
My office moved locations and my new lease doesn't start till October 1. It's on the other side of the state and the commute is hellish. Good prep for if I ever decide to move to LA I guess.

Anyway I had a lot of fun listening to this while stuck in endless traffic on the pike yestterday. Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot are clearly still honing their craft but bring a lot of great ideas to the table. The Outkast comparisons escape me since what made Outkast great was the juxtaposition of Andre's ... read more
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Track List

  1. LaLa Challenge
  2. UP
  3. Top Down
  4. Bank
  5. Proud of U (feat. Young Thug)
  6. This Side
  7. Swivel
  8. Avenue
  9. Tequila (feat. T-Pain)
  10. Blue Moon
  11. Trippin (feat. Kehlani)
  12. Stuck (feat. Arin Ray)
  13. Fields (feat. Malik)
  14. Wings
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Added on: May 28, 2019