A Comprehensive Guide to Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Doris’

A Brief History of Earl Sweatshirt

Earl SweatshirtWe don’t want to indulge in his back story too much, though Earl’s beginnings are noteworthy in properly understanding where he’s at as an artist now. As so many of you likely know, he quickly transitioned from a mid-2000s MySpace rapper known as Sly to a veritable superstar.Everyone demanded to know more about the 16-year-old behind EARL, a brief outing of a clearly gifted artist who obviously had some growing up to do. But in the Internet age, maturing as both a person and an artist can be stunted through fame and the all-seeing eye of the press.

So when Earl disappeared amid rapidly growing buzz surrounding him and Odd Future, everyone and their mom wanted to know where he went. It didn’t hurt, of course, that his cohorts shouted “Free Earl!” every chance they got. Thanks to some investigating by Complex, Earl was found. He was studying in Samoa at the Coral Reef Academy, where he and other at-risk teens participated in therapeutic activities. He also kept writing.

Earl eventually returned to music in February 2012 with the aptly titled comeback song “Home“. He later reunited with his OFWGKTA peers on posse cut “Oldie” off The OF Tape Vol. 2, spit a killer verse on Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids“, and in between all that signed his own record deal. He also appeared on the first track from Flying Lotus’ rapper alter-ego Captain Murphy, “Between Friends“.

But the most notable move by Earl in 2012 came when he released his first proper single, the Christian Rich-produced “Chum“. That’s when it became 100 percent understood that we were witnessing the true growth of a determined and an extremely talented artist.

19 thoughts on “A Comprehensive Guide to Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Doris’

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  1. falei oalei|

    love sweatshirts style

  2. RachRockinOut|

    So Pitchfork even thinks this is one of the best new albums out there http://smarturl.it/EarlP4K well done Earl

  3. Lo estoy escuchando, me provoca un buen porro.

  4. Earl is a genius. His word usage is Impressive and the album will be magnificent. I aspect nothing less then perfection from this gent.

  5. Caleb Hill|

    Late July

  6. kingkias prynce nerdy|

    Earl is one of the best rappers in the game, one of the best ever! If not for earl, I don’t know if I’d like odd future as much as I do but he cruises on a track! He has a dark grunge atmosphere surrounded by some superb wordplay!
    But frank ocean is a decent rapper, hodgy beats is a haphazard wordslinger, Tyler is a character but Earl, Earl is the arsenal of abnormally crafted verses and songs
    http://hippynature.blogspot.com for more superb hip hop art abd culture

  7. Agreed. Still – i’m not getting my hopes on cuz he is an Odd Future member after all. Remember what happened with MelloHype and Tyler “real” albums….yeah – exactly

  8. Tyler did you . Have you listened to his new album?

  9. I don’t care what this dude raps about, because all his lyrics are fucking amazing! Despite his old stuff being about kidnapping and rape aha. I started listening to him and OF around when Yonkers came out, but I heard EARL and Assmilk first and i was impressed. And I found out that he was “gone” so I was so stoked to hear him on Oldie when the OF Tape Volume 2 came out, after waiting like 7 months. I really like the new Earl because he’s matured a lot, subject matter wise, but he hasn’t changed his style of rapping! This albums gonna be so sick!

  10. DatHoodrat|

    album will be on repeat for a long time……


    Theres a good chance Jonwayne will have some production on the album

  12. Some tracks he recently performed at sxsw



    the first is called hive you might have heard/seen him perform it live before and the second one is called 20 wave caps and i’m not sure but i think its the first time he has performed it, but not 100% so dont get pissy, anyway just thought i would help YGM!!

  13. wtfRonald|

    Earl is the only odd future member I take the time to listen to. This does not include Frank Ocean.

  14. It’s his proper debut on a label.

  15. This is his second album

  16. I love Chum to death and I agree that it is central to understand who Earl is becoming, but Home is overlooked (not in this article, in general) that track is fucking sick, its so energetic and fun i hope theres a lot more beats on Doris that sound like it. he just sounds right over it

  17. Got it, thank you.

  18. Just a heads up, Earl is the one who did the keys for Chum, Christian Rich only did the drums.

    Also stoked for this album. I always recognized Earl’s talent but couldn’t fuck with all that triple six, rebel, rape, murder shit. It’s not genuine. Glad he’s not afraid to mature and be himself. Wish Tyler would follow fucking suit.

  19. King VitaMN|

    “I hope i lose you as a fan if you only fuck with me because i rapped about raping girls when i was 15.”
    That’s the quote that got me amped for this release. His old shit did nothing for me, thought it was clear dude had bars.

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