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I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #162 / 770
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Based on 514 ratings
2015 Ratings: #43
March 23, 2015 / Release Date
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Tan Cressida / Label
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A.V. Club

Doris made it clear that Earl’s not the kind of artist who’s going to outdo himself with a Paul McCartney and Rihanna feature, and his follow-up I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside only pushes that album’s muted, beats-and-rhymes aesthetic to even further insular extremes.

Pretty Much Amazing

I Don’t Like Shit moves at a stroll not because it’s lazy but because its creator knows exactly what he’s doing, such that there’s no need to show off. 


With nothing to prove and no longer an upstart, Earl sounds, more than ever, simply like himself.


Never in any danger of overstaying his welcome, Kgositsile shows an overall maturity on Outside that suggests great things in his future.

His self-expression is supported by an album mostly produced by him (a.k.a.. randomblackdude) and Left Brain, where the entire production is minimal, dark and contains rare interludes. It's the glue that holds all his confessions and retrospective bars together.

His paranoia is as thick as Drake's on the similarly inward If You're Reading This It's Too Late, from earlier this year. However, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside is a much leaner, less showy effort (Drake is an actor, Earl decidedly is not), and Earl turns his pen on himself, too, not just everybody else.


On I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, Earl forgoes youthful cheap thrills to tell the tale of the kid who'd rather stay inside to hone his craft.


On the deeply atmospheric I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, Earl Sweatshirt has leveled up and grown into his talents as a rapper and producer. The unnecessary shock value buffer between he and his audience has been cast away leaving an impactful artist in its wake.


I Don't Like Shit is heavy and lacks much hope, and yet it communicates these feelings with such skill and artful understanding that it still fills the soul.

The 405

I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside is an exceptionally realised and meaningful work from an artist looking well beyond turn up culture in the pursuit of something deeper and longer lasting.

The Guardian

The album staggers by quickly, making it easy to miss a lacerating line here or clever double entendre there. In that respect, it lends itself well to multiple listens. 


This portrait of the artist might be a gloomy, oppressive one but it’s grimly fascinating nevertheless.

NOW Magazine

He's at his best on final song Wool, eschewing his inner turmoil for a raw verse that shows him at his most confident: wisecracking, carefree and defiantly proud of what he and a group of outré misfits have accomplished.

With this, Earl is setting himself as the anti-hero of the urban catacombs. As his peers conspire to help each other on the way to the perfectly marketable, headphone-empire utopia, Earl cuts up his creations in the subterranean.
Consequence of Sound

I Don’t Like Shit is Earl Sweatshirt’s darkest and most honest work. Each word on the album is shaped by his orotund tone as he nosedives straight into depression.

The Line of Best Fit

The art comes first, and as a result, Earl’s produced an album that’s concise, consistent and cerebral.

Rolling Stone

On his excellent second LP, Earl Sweatshirt keeps deepening his game — spooling out dense, mordant rhymes over zombifically blunted tracks as he somehow sucks you into his sunless reality.

Slant Magazine

I Don't Like Shit may be a master class in ominous mood-setting and a cutting excavation of a wounded psyche, but it also reveals that Earl is at his best when he engages the outside world rather than getting mired in his own emotional claustrophobia.


_ I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside_ doesn’t stand out for advancement for Sweatshirt or the rap genre, but offers something the other releases lacked – a human relatability.


It's a pared-back approach, which could easily be viewed as effortless if it wasn't so evident that this album finds the rapper focusing his trademark sputter on content over delivery.

This album sounds like the diary of a man who retreated into himself and now chooses to share his darkness with the rest of the class.

The little dude is a poet. Still, at a relatively lean 30 minutes, it’s hard to argue this is a heavyweight album.

The Needle Drop
Earl Sweatshirt's latest release is noticeably darker than his last, but it doesn't necessarily surpass it.
In the darkest album in his discography Earl Sweatshirt comes off as a tragic hero of sorts. The overlying theme on “I Don’t Like Shit...” is the concept of Earl’s twisted cynicism. While the traditional idea of this philosophy would find people rejecting all conventional desires to find happiness, it seems that Earl wishes to reject everything to live in his own lonely world.

Album: I Don’t like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt

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I'm not sure how many people love this thing enough to give it an 88, but I'll give my reasoning. Let's start off with the production. The beats you'll hear on this thing are some of the darkest you'll hear this year. The production only really makes sense with that album title and cover. The production matches up so well with the lyrics on this thing. They talk about Earls very depressing lifestyle up to the release of this album, talking about his drug abuse, death, growing up, and... not ... read more
Holy fuck this is some depressing shit! Earl’s verses are very well-written, the features are really good and the production sets the mood for the album perfectly! Overall, “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside” is a big stepping stone for Earl Sweatshirt.

Fav Tracks: Mantra, Faucet, Grief, Off Top, Huey, Wool, AM // Radio

Least Fav Track: Inside


This might just be a personal favorite because it helps me reconcile with my own anxiety and depression but c'mon.
Earl holds nothing back here, production and bars wise.
Doris and Earl were great in their own right, but I always felt like he was just making those songs to make them.
Here, he shed's the public manic personality for an opportunity to show his true colors.
And that color is darkness, in every sense of the word.

Tightly thematic and ... read more
One of the most unappreciated and fantastic rap record of the decade. Earl Sweatshirt "I don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside" is perhaps one of the bleakest and nocturnal rap records to ever come out. You can clearly hear that Earl Sweatshirt was on his lowest and depressing state with this record. People may find this album dull from earl sweatshirt performance, however it plays greatly to his dispiriting and gloom-ridden lyrics and flow. The features here do hold their part but ... read more
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Track List

  1. Huey
  2. Mantra
  3. Faucet
  4. Grief
  5. Off Top
  6. Grown Ups [ft. Dash]
  7. AM // Radio [ft. Wiki]
  8. Inside
  9. Dna [ft. Na'kel]
  10. Wool [ft. Vince Staples]
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Added on: March 17, 2015