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Doris is the first effort by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All member Earl Sweatshirt. After a hiatus from the group, shortly after it's formation, Earl returned about a year ago with a few singles and a verses on albums for Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator, The OF Tape Vol.2, Mac Miller, etc. After much anticipation, his first solo record was announced for an August 20th release date.
The group (Odd Future) gets most of its recognition from their crazy antics, mostly those of the groups fearlees leader, Tyler. But what not enough people seem to realize about OFWGKTA, is that, they are a collection of extremely knowledgeable and talented lyricists, producers and performers. Earl being possibly the best of them all. At the shocking young age of 19, Earl Sweatshirt is essentially a prodigy, showing skill and smarts that should be light years ahead of him.
Many of the songs on Doris come from a very personal and deep part of Earl, which is why anyone who listens to the record will feel the devastation and heart that is truly poured into each track. In one of the albums best tracks For example, in Hive we hear the breathtaking line "It's probably been 12 years since my father left / Left me Fatherless / And I used to say I hate him in dishonest jest." The rest of the track revivals just how vulnerable and damaged Earls upbringing has left him. A tough, but stunning verse.
The album features brilliant tracks like Hive, Chum, Whoa, Sunday, Burgundy, etc. All containing superb lyrics and verses from Odd Future colleagues Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis, etc. And collaborators RZA, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and more.