Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #95 / 950
Year End Rank: #30
User Score
Based on 354 ratings
2013 Ratings: #66
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FACT Magazine

Doris is miles ahead of 2010’s Earl, and on it, Earl surpasses nearly all of his contemporaries.


Doris is full on its author’s prodigious abilities as a formidable young voice in L.A.’s resurgent hip-hop scene, but it’s not as concerned with the wider significance of the moment as it is with disbelief it’s actually happening.

Pretty Much Amazing

Earl is still negotiating his capricious tendencies with a more consistent, reliable style. Doris displays some of those growing pains, but it also delivers a uniquely impressive collection of vicious beats and lyrics that make Magna Carta…Holy Grail sound like Marky Mark.


Doris is unsettled, messy, and takes a bit to sort, but there are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted.

Consequence of Sound

It’s a work as notable for its technical achievements as its nuanced themes, and that’s almost as impressive considering that so many artists lack in one or both of those fields.


Whether selfish or smart to persist on remaining a standoffish mystery, Earl prospers in establishing himself as a 19-year-old with an unusually high standard for rhyming that should be separated from urban legend.


Enamored with language itself, Doris is a celebration of syntax, a yoga pose pushing the limits of the MC's flexibility


Doris represents one of the most innovative and important hip-hop releases of the year. Not just because of the charm and intrigue of Earl’s story but because of the immense and understated level of his talent for writing rhymes. 

Under The Radar

Overall, Doris will likely stand tall as another step in the maturing and deepening of the Odd Future ethos and sound.

The 405

Not to say that the Sweatshirt is incapable of sounding original and "influenced", but at times it sounds as though he's still in the 'teeming with potential' stage of his career, immature attempts at articulating "sounds done by grown folks".


Earl Sweatshirt has officially entered himself into the conversation for best MC of Tumblr generation. The only question is will he ever give a f*ck to fully reach his potential.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Doris is not a tidy next step in this narrative. It is not the Big Album many were hoping for, although it certainly shows great growth when compared to EARL. Instead, it sounds like a transitional record by a 19-year-old with a lot on his mind.

Dec 7, 2017
Earl's bars and flow are so tasty. Best lyricist working today, however he may benefit from more precisely choosing who he works with. Some beats on this thing (Chum, Burgundy, Molasses etc.) are really good, and some features, like from Vince and Domo, are worthwhile, but this album lacks focus due to an over-saturation of sub-par guest spots and some weaker beats.
Sep 12, 2017*
this album really surprised me
best track: knight or whoa
worst track: pre
i found this album funny, charming, and with the perfect amount of edge
Dec 6, 2013
Why is Tyler the Creator the Leader of Odd Future? He needs to bow down to the true artist of the group, Earl Sweatshirt. An amazing Debut album.
Oct 18, 2013
Best Track: 20 Wave Caps, Sunday, Hive, Chum, Centurion, Uncle Al, or Whoa
Worst Track: Guild
Most Overrated Track: Sasquatch
Most Underrated Track: 523
Aug 27, 2013*
Wielding one of the most impressive voices and styles of lyricism in rap music, Earl had a lot to live up to with Doris. Luckily, he played his cards right, because Doris is very good. "Chum", the first single, is the best track beside "Sunday", perhaps; they're two of the most emotionally direct rap songs to come out this year. Whether or not Earl can keep up this great pace is up to him, but he's definitely still, well, "brash as fuck".
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Added on: July 12, 2013