The young Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, a.k.a. Earl Sweatshirt, that Odd Future fans first became familiar with in 2010 is no more. With the release of his latest album, “Some Rap Songs”, on Friday, Nov. 30, Earl has made it known that he’s grown substantially both as an artist and individual. The hypnotic, melancholy sounds of each track take listeners on a journey filled with tribulations Earl has overcome and pain he has yet to face.
“Some Rap Songs” plays out as a sample-heavy collection of hard-to-find 1960s and ‘70s soul music, with some electronic, funk and jazz samples sprinkled throughout as well. Not only that, but the album also contains audio excerpts from works of art central to black American culture, like the Blaxploitation film “Black Dynamite” and an educational album about ebonics called “The Dialect of Black Americans”. “Some Rap Songs” is only 25 minutes from start to finish, with 15 songs in total.
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