Earl SweatShirt
Released March 31, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Length 24:34
Label Self-released
Producer Tyler, The Creator, Left Brain, BeatBoy
Earl is the debut mixtape by Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt. It was released as a free digital download on March 31, 2010, on the Odd Future website.

Recently, the mixtape was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far, a list published by Pitchfork Media in August 2014.

Background and lyrics Edit

The album features production by BeatBoy and fellow Odd Future members Tyler, The Creator and Left Brain. The album features vocals from Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples, Hodgy Beats, and some backing vocals from fellow Odd Future members Syd Tha Kydand Taco Bennett. Earl recorded his lyrics when he was 15-16 years old. The album has drug references, themes of rape and murder, and sexual lyrics.

Reception Edit

Upon its release, the album was met with much interest and general acclaim on the web. Pitchfork Media called the album "mesmerizing". Pitchfork's sister site Altered Zones listed Earl as one of their top twenty albums of 2010, praising the album for its ferocity and for making "some of the most vile verses sound eloquent". Music site Gorilla vs. Bear listed it at number 12 in its list of the 30 best albums of 2010. Complex magazine rated Earl as the twenty-fourth best album of 2010

Track listing Edit

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Thisniggaugly"   Tyler, The Creator 1:18
2. "Earl"   Tyler, The Creator 2:26
3. "Couch" (featuring Tyler, The Creator) Tyler, The Creator 3:16
4. "Kill"   Tyler, The Creator 2:20
5. "Wakeupfaggot"   Tyler, The Creator 0:42
6. "Luper"   Tyler, The Creator 1:59
7. "epaR" (featuring Vince Staples) Left Brain 4:00
8. "Moonlight" (featuring Hodgy Beats) Tyler, The Creator 2:04
9. "Pigions" (featuring Wolf Haley) Tyler, The Creator 3:33
10. "Stapleton"   BeatBoy 4:16

Notes: The track "Thisniggaugly" features uncredited vocals from Tyler, The Creator and Taco Bennett. The track "Wakeupfaggot" features uncredited vocals from Syd Tha Kyd. The track epaR features uncredited vocals from Hodgy Beats and Mike G. "Wolf Haley" is a pseudonym for Tyler, The Creator.