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Some Rap Songs

Earl Sweatshirt

Some Rap Songs

Third full-length album from LA-based rapper and member of hip hop collective Odd Future with guest appearances from Navy Blue and Standing On The Corner

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  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Make no mistake: This is an album by one of the best rappers alive, elbowing slant rhymes and assonance into his disses and exhaling those singularly oblong sentences of his
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Powerful, emotional poetry
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  3. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Some Rap Songs refuses a neat, generalizable diagnosis of the state of Earl or of the world, and for that it deserves time in a stirless room of the mind where speculation is kept at bay
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  4. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    With his latest record, the onetime teen prodigy reemerges as the face of a new sound and scene that blurs the line between avant-garde jazz and hip-hop
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  5. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Earl is a formalist who knows exactly when he's done making his point, a skill that puts him above most contemporaries just as firmly as his lyrical talents
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    Don't be fooled by the title - the rapper's third album is dense, experimental and deeply fascinating
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  7. 8.0 |   Crack

    It’s a record that’s unconcerned about being liked, but it’s worth spending some time with it. Earl Sweatshirt has important things to say, and you’ve got to lean in close if you want to hear them
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    One of hip-hop’s most original voices describes the feeling of drowning even as art keeps ascending
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A work of fractured excellence. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The most captivating album of his career
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    It is a short but intense experience, one that demands close listening, as though imbued by the spirit of poetry
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  12. 7.5 |   The 405

    Though Some Rap Songs, breathes hints of uncertainty and even futility, one thing is for certain, Earl Sweatshirt has stopped running from his pain, finally realizing the power of his struggle and the light he can shed as a result
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Although a very strong record for what it is, Some Rap Songs lacks the emotional power of the two albums that preceded it
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  14. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A conversation full of jaw-dropping beats and refreshing lines that ends too soon
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  15. 6.0 |   NOW

    The album could be a blueprint for the future sound of hip-hop, but for now, it’s unlikely the avant-garde lyricism will dominate RapCaviar anytime soon
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