Earl Sweatshirt turned in one of our 40 best rap albums (and one of the best album titles of the year) with I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Perhaps testing out some new material for a 2016 project, the LA spitter previewed five new tracks for a lucky crowd at the hometown Observatory. I Don’t Like Shit was dismal in mood, with themes of loneliness and depression complemented by beats with plenty of negative space for Earls dexterous laments. These five new joints are brighter musically, with soul samples, stride piano flourishes, and chicken grease chords coloring the usual slow tempo that gives Earl a chance to flex his cutting lyrical prowess. I Don’t Like Shit was really good, but it was also pretty damn depressing. It seems like the troubled young Earl may have experienced some happier days leading into the holiday season. Peep snippets of the five new tracks below.
I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside is out now on Sony/Tan Cressida.