I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

by Earl Sweatshirt

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I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Aptly titled with the off-putting I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, Earl Sweatshirt's sophomore effort is a crushing confessional that refuses to get off the couch, even if it's beautiful outside. "I ain't been outside for a minute, I've been livin' what I wrote" the Odd Future MC snaps on "Guilt," but then again, why bother as adoring fans ("They the reason that the paper in your trousers thick") can't help Earl with the recent death of a family member (his grandmother) and entering your twenties jaded about drugs (there's a love/hate relationship with Xanax and/or weed that pops up here and there) must be rough. Being a teen exiled to Samoa didn't help much either as the excellent "Faucet" shrugs off his "Free Earl" era with "Before I did that shit that earned me a term on that island," but the man never comes off as misguidedly privileged or resistant to advice, he just feels like a cog in the machine, grist for the mill. I Don't Like Shit is only a grueling album on first encounter, since Earl's old-school-styled, tight rhymes remain as scintillating as they were on his official debut Doris, but that album's overwhelming runtime has been slashed to an economical 30 minutes here. Besides that, the rapper handles most of the production himself, using the moniker randomblackdude while giving "Huey" a cartoonish lilt, and "Inside" a warped vision of the angelic R&B crew member Frank Ocean offers. The idea of being "stuck" is always enforced by a soundfield that's MP3-influenced and compressed, while the guest list (Dash, Wiki, Vince Staples, and Na'kel) is minimal with only one production ("Off Top") handed over to Left Brain. I Don't Like Shit is heavy and lacks much hope, and yet it communicates these feelings with such skill and artful understanding that it still fills the soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2015
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750692726
catalogNumber: 506927
Rank: 22960

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Sweatshirt   Primary Artist
Paloma   Vocals

Technical Credits

Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Garry Glenn   Composer
Gary Wilson   Composer
Erykah Badu   Composer
Karriem Riggins   Composer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Darien Dash   Composer
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Paul Irizarry   Engineer
Chris Owens   Engineer
Left Brain   Producer
Vince Staples   Composer
Quentinn Gilkey   Engineer
Vic Wainstein   Engineer
John Foyle   Vocal Engineer
Thebe Kgositsile   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Osten Harvey   Composer
Na-kel Allah Smith   Composer
Larry Fisherman   Engineer
Jake Valentine   Engineer
Weirdo Dave   Art Direction
Vyron Turner   Composer
Sage Elsesser   Art Direction
Ryan Baldon   Engineer
Miles Shannon   Instrumentation
Jakobi McLemore   Art Direction
Patrick Morales   Composer

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