2. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
Earl Sweatshirt’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside crafts low-fi, distorted images of Earl Sweatshirt’s psyche while also being Earl’s most cohesive, telling project to date. It’s not perfect or polished, but Earl is able to do more with less; and having traded his dull, monotone voice for a more vigorous one, Earl’s lyrics and stories hit harder and are as emotionally transparent as ever. Whatever despair, angst and aggression facilitated on this record comes across with a more grown-up outlook rather than exploiting Earl’s former image of being a confused teenager adjusting to the tortures and temptations of fame. In fact, with I Don’t Like Shit, it seems Earl has replaced his sense of purposelessness and delusion instead with holding on to solace in the midst of it all.