Doris [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Following his 2010 debut mixtape, Earl, and a period of time spent at a boarding school in Samoa, Doris is Thebe Kgositsile's first album to be released through his own Tan Cressida imprint. The record features contributions from Tyler, the Creator -- an early champion of the L.A. rapper -- as well as further help from the likes of Frank Ocean and RZA. The singles "Chum," "Whoa," and "Hive" are all featured.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With the 2010 drop of his debut mixtape, Earl, rapper Earl Sweatshirt became one of the main reasons the underground rap crew Odd Future went from obscurity to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Following his 2010 debut mixtape, Earl, and a period of time spent at a boarding school in Samoa, Doris is Thebe Kgositsile's first album to be released through his own Tan Cressida imprint. The record features contributions from Tyler, the Creator -- an early champion of the L.A. rapper -- as well as further help from the likes of Frank Ocean and RZA. The singles "Chum," "Whoa," and "Hive" are all featured.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With the 2010 drop of his debut mixtape, Earl, rapper Earl Sweatshirt became one of the main reasons the underground rap crew Odd Future went from obscurity to everywhere. Then, Earl's mom decided he was an "at risk" kid not because of his ugly, ugly music, but because he was "getting in trouble", so off to the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa he went, quickly falling into the category of "more of a legend than rapper" as Odd Future broke out the "Free Earl" T-shirts with no other explanation for his absence. As such, his official debut falls into the category of "highly anticipated," but the real story behind the murky and free-flowing -- almost globular -- Doris is that the morbid horror-show rapper heard previously has grown into an observational maverick-style artist, offering downtrodden and even dour rhymes that come off like MF Doom recounting his visit to the Grand Guignol. Swaying slowly with Tibetan monk vocals in the distance, the ghostly "Hive" with Vince Staples and Casey Veggies offers the vivid "Come around we gun 'em down/Bodies... piled... Auschwitz," while the Tyler, the Creator feature "Whoa" kicks off with the Odd Future leader declaring "This ain't no 2010 sh*t," which Earl proves by dropping crooked rhymes about pot "Steaming tubes of poop and twisted doobies full of euphemisms" and Harry Potter "Bruising gimmicks with the broom he usually use for Quidditch". MF Doom fans will be familiar with the style, and while the rumored Doom collaboration does not wind up on the final Doris, another obvious influence, RZA, is here, appearing on the aptly titled "Molasses," a slow, rich mix of Wu-Tang and Wolf Gang flavors. Mac Miller's recent embrace of the underground pays dividends during the bent and broken "Guild," while Frank Ocean influences Earl to sing his own blues on the great "Sunday" "Nightmares got more vivid when I stopped smoking pot/And lovin' you's a little different, I don't like you a lot". Underneath all this mumbled madness are some truly wonderful sounds -- much of it made by Earl under his alias randomblackguy -- as "Chum" runs like an underground indie suite of excellent ideas while "Centurion" twists a Krautrock and Can sample into something thug and stately. All that said, Doris is unsettled, messy, and takes a bit to sort, but there are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837517027
  • Catalog Number: 375170
  • Sales rank: 21,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prez - Skla Flare (2:52)
  2. 2 Burgundy - Vince Staples (2:07)
  3. 3 20 Wave Caps (2:12)
  4. 4 Sunday - Frank Ocean (3:25)
  5. 5 Hive - Vince Staples (4:37)
  6. 6 Chum (4:03)
  7. 7 Sasquatch - The Creator Tyler (2:48)
  8. 8 Centurion - Vince Staples (3:03)
  9. 9 523 (1:31)
  10. 10 Uncle Al (0:52)
  11. 11 Guild - Mac Miller (3:53)
  12. 12 Molasses (2:16)
  13. 13 Whoa - The Creator Tyler (3:16)
  14. 14 Hoarse (3:52)
  15. 15 Knight (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earl Sweatshirt Primary Artist
Chad Hugo Trumpet, Keyboards
Frank Ocean Keyboards, Vocals
Vince Staples Vocals
Ron Gilmore Keyboards
Technical Credits
David Axelrod Composer
Irmin Schmidt Composer
Holger Czukay Composer
Michael Karoli Composer
RZA Producer
Jaki Liebezeit Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
The Alchemist Engineer
Om'Mas Keith Engineer, Instrumentation
The Neptunes Producer
Chad Hugo Composer
Paul Willis Composer
Lennie Hibbert Composer
Josh Berg Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon Art Direction
Samiyam Producer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Jeff Ellis Engineer
Dominique Cole Composer
Mike Larson Engineer
Clement Dodd Composer
Christian Rich Producer
Taiwo Hassan Composer
The Creator Tyler Producer
Frank Ocean Producer
Vince Staples Composer
Michael Uzowuru Producer, Instrumentation
Matt Martians Producer
Vic Wainstein Engineer
Malcolm McCormick Composer
Tyler Okonma Composer
Casey Jones Composer
Thebe Kgositsile Composer
Christopher Breaux Composer
Kehinde Hassan Composer
BadBadNotGood Producer
Julian Prindle Engineer
Kunle Martins Illustrations
Tyrone Douglas Composer
Shakeir Duarte Composer
Malay HO Engineer
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