AOTY 2018
Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #97 / 953
Year End Rank: #30
User Score
Based on 491 ratings
2013 Ratings: #65
August 20, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia, Tan Cressida, Odd Future / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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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.

The Odd Future sound hasn't aged well, and unfortunately it can be seen all over this record. While Earl does branch off into his own sector of style here or there, a lot of this music has become dated.

BEST TRACKS: Guild, Knight, Hoarse, Hive, Molasses, Burgundy, 20 Wave Caps
So after a heavy discussion surrounding IDLSIDGO on Discord last night, I saw fit to return to Doris to see whether my faint disappointment half a decade ago was underestimated or overblown. Wouldn't you know it, it's kinda both - I really don't care for most of the guest features on here besides Vince Staples and Mac Miller and I think the production can have its weak moments but on that note, there's a great deal of variety that means Doris never has a fog state moment like IDLS where I felt ... read more
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.
Favorite Tracks: 20 Wave Caps, Hive, Centurion, Uncle Al, Molasses, Hoarse

Least Favorite Tracks: Guild, Pre
“Doris” is a great hip hop album with smart, poignant writing, great performances and flows from Earl and solid features. The “Odd Future” production hasn’t aged that well but it mostly gets the job done here.

Fav Tracks: 20 Wave Caps, Sunday, Burgundy, Hive, Woah, Chum, Sasquatch, Centurion, Knight

Least Fav Track: Guild

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Track List

  1. Pre
  2. Burgandy
  3. 20 Wave Caps
  4. Sunday
  5. Hive
  6. Chum
  7. Sasquatch
  8. Centurion
  9. S23
  10. Uncle Al
  11. Guild
  12. Molasses
  13. Whoa
  14. Horse
  15. Knight
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Added on: July 12, 2013