I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt
Label: Tan Cressida/Columbia
This mini-album isn't as fully developed as 2013's revelatory Doris, and Earl Sweatshirt echoes many of the same themes, mainly his stunted emotions ("Faucet") and the vagaries of indie rap fame ("Inside"). But unlike his peers in the New West Coast style of po-faced raps and introverted, bare-bones beats, he has a strong grasp on hip-hop songwriting, which makes this album an appealing one. Several tracks rise above the murk, including "Grief," "Off Top," "AM // Radio" and "Inside," where he raps "When it's problems I don't holler, rather fix 'em by myself."