FEET OF CLAY

Earl Sweatshirt - FEET OF CLAY
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
User Score
Based on 970 ratings
2019 Ratings: #861
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November 1, 2019 / Release Date
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Warner / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Pitchfork

A woozy, raw, magical, and extremely short album from hip-hop’s most tantalizingly inscrutable rapper.

80
NME

‘Feet Of Clay’ eschews Olympian-style rhyme schemes and bursts of clear-eyed soul-searching, instead offering a tender portrayal of Earl's psyche.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The EP retains the low-fi stream-of-consciousness sensibilities established in Sweatshirt’s past work whilst trading introspection with a much more tender sense of retrospection.

80
Rolling Stone

Feet Of Clay comes to life on a granular level. A tiny masterpiece awaits around every corner.

80
AllMusic

It continues Sweatshirt's streak as an innovator and as one of the more compelling artists of his time.

76
Sputnikmusic

It's hard to look up after these 15 minutes have passed and feel like you've been taken on any sort of journey or along any narrative.

76
HipHopDX

As abrasive as it feels, it’s a lyrically rewarding payoff for listeners who choose to sift through the muddle and explore a high-brow exercise into poetry.

75
Consequence of Sound

Earl’s dense, unassuming flow is mixed almost equally alongside labyrinthine samples and buried-alive drums like a particularly busy piece of mosaic art.

70
Clash

Earl is as you've come to know him: unflinchingly honest, languid yet lyrically dexterous and decidedly lo-fi.

55
Spectrum Culture

The beats push at the extreme of what a beat can be, the raps push at the extremes of cryptic boho lyricism, and they seem to drift along on their own sleepy paths, parallel but never quite meeting.

50
The Needle Drop

Feet of Clay sounds like a cobbled together set of SRS-style odds and ends.

PipePanic
65
Be me. I'm enjoying myself a good sandwich. A turkey sandwich to be exact, with mayo and the crusts cut off. I'm having a good time, a good day, a good hour. It's calm, meditative and pleasing. I'm in my lungs in my couch, and am watching an episode of Tim and Eric on TV. Then all of a sudden...CRASH! The window of my lounge breaks.

'What the fuck was that?', I say to myself. I out down my half eaten sandwich and pause the TV (I have Tevo, it's fine) and investigate. Around the corner of the ... read more
Mol
86
This isn't quite a review of the album, but more of a reflection.

When Earl Sweatshirt's Some Rap Songs came out in November last year, I felt like my back was against the wall. I had fixed a lot of facets of my life but I still felt alone and like I was fighting for everything - my reputation, my achievements, my grades. The album served as a solemn battle cry as I rushed into my life an achiever but alone.

Now it's November this year. I stumbled upon two friends who changed my life and ... read more
WhatTheFunk
61
This is what you get when your mom says "We have Some Rap Songs at home"

Earl Sweatshirt arrives when you least expect it. Similar to a Frank Ocean or an Isaiah Rashad, he updates his catalogue every three years instead of every 12 months. Earl's stans hate it. They always want more, it never comes fast enough.

After the release of his 2018 album "Some Rap Songs", his third album, we could assume that another long pause will separate his last project from the next. ... read more
_zeltrxn17
71
UPDATE: I got off my medication, and yeah, this got a lil bit old. The dark-faceted production is sure admirable, but not quite hypnotic like SRS. And idc East actually isn't as bad as some claim it is. Not Earl's best performance, but the arabian sample loop is weird in a kinda good way, and he rides it decently.

After a disappointing JIK and Pony, Earl announced new music to save all of us who stan him.
A short, brief, quality 15-minute extension of the Lo-Fi environment that was on SRS, but ... read more
Doofly
88
Earl could make a song about making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and it’ll be song of the year at this point.
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Track List

  1. 74
  2. EAST
  3. MTOMB (prod. The Alchemist)
  4. OD
  5. EL TORO COMBO MEAL (feat. Mavi)
  6. TISKTISK/COOKIES
  7. 4N (feat. Mach-Hommy)
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Added on: October 31, 2019