I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Get Outside is a short and dark album at just 10-songs and clocking in under 30 minutes it makes Illmatic seem like a double-disk feature. It is filled with a very moody and atmospheric production that has hints of soul and jazz. The minimalistic approach blends perfectly with Earl Sweatshirt’s druggy, introspective lyrics. Here Earl is brutally honest; he raps about his darkest demons from his relationship with his mother, a breakup, his depression and drug use.

The albums gloomy subject matter will never be for everyone. I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Get Outside is best listened on your own, without distractions, where you can fully digest the lyrics. It may take a few spins, but it definitely grows on you.

B+

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (iTunes / Spotify)