Earl Sweatshirt second studio album, ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt‘ is a short, dark, twisted and honest piece of work. While the album cover supports this theme, with a primarily pitch-black background with a grainy-static like font for the title. It was evident from the title of the album and the minimal artwork that Earl was aiming to appease his fans with a project that would sound all too familiar.
“Huey”, the first track of the album has playful organ keys and lo-fi drum kicks. Earl’s flow is slow, but his aggressive and complex rhyme schemes, detailing how an average day with Earl goes, shows his fans that his lyrics are developing and sounds ready to take the throne.
The album is most definitely an insight into the darker and personal emotions of Earl. He reflects on his rise to fame, the untrustworthiness of the music industry, being an underrated emcee and trying to live in a world that’s made out to be more accepting than he thought.
“Grief” is one of the tracks that brings together all these themes. Over very lo-fi production, where the synth sounds like the bass, distorted hi-hats and claps, Earl spits furiously about the injustice of rappers biting his style, drug addiction and his emotionless towards a lot of his friends. At first, it’s quite a difficult and heavy song to get into, but once you get past the menacing production and listen to Earl’s bars, you can’t help but relate and take on Earl’s emotions.
The short “Off Top”, sounding like an un-used MF Doom instrumental sees Earl discussing the debt he owes to his mum for standing by him for all the infamous internet trends he became a part of. There’s a low growl from the snare, swerving keys and terrifying drums. Throughout the album, Earl displays this production consistently.
“AM // Radio” has one of the lighter instrumentals and also sports one of the three features on the album. A groovy bass line, the odd guitar strum and subtle drums. Wiki’s verse is a waste of a verse and to be honest, someone from the Odd Future crew should have hopped on the beat (Mike G?). Earl rides on the beat with a smoky verse, however, the production on this track is the real standout.
In all, ‘IDLSIDGO’ sounds like the album that Earl was aiming to make since the release of his self-titled and Odd Future EP ‘EARL’. While the themes of his previous releases are heard on this album, he sounds more confident, hungrier and more eager to prove to his haters that he truly is a force in Hip-Hop to be reckoned with.