Earl (mixtape)

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Mixtape by Earl Sweatshirt
Released March 31, 2010 (2010-03-31)
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 25:54
Label Self-released
Producer Tyler, The Creator, Left Brain, BeatBoy
Earl Sweatshirt chronology
Singles from Earl
  1. "Earl"
    Released: July 26, 2010

Earl is the debut mixtape by Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt. It was released as a free digital download on March 31, 2010, on the Odd Future website.[1]

Recently, the mixtape was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far, a list published by Pitchfork Media in August 2014.[2]

Background and lyrics[edit]

The album features production by BeatBoy and fellow Odd Future members Tyler, The Creator and Left Brain. The album features vocals from Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples, Hodgy Beats, and some backing vocals from fellow Odd Future members Syd Tha Kyd and Taco Bennett. Earl recorded his lyrics when he was 15-16 years old. The album has drug references, themes of rape and murder, and sexual lyrics.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (positive)[4]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[3]

Upon its release, the album was met with much interest and critical acclaim on the web. Pitchfork Media called the album "mesmerizing".[5] Pitchfork's sister site Altered Zones listed Earl as one of their top twenty albums of 2010, praising the album for its ferocity and for making "some of the most vile verses sound eloquent".[6] Music site Gorilla vs. Bear listed it at number 12 in its list of the 30 best albums of 2010.[7] Complex magazine rated Earl as the twenty-fourth best album of 2010.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Thisniggaugly" (skit) Tyler, The Creator 1:18
2. "Earl"   Tyler, The Creator 2:26
3. "Couch" (featuring Tyler, The Creator) Tyler, The Creator 3:16
4. "Kill"   Tyler, The Creator 2:20
5. "Wakeupfaggot" (skit) Tyler, The Creator 0:42
6. "Luper"   Tyler, The Creator 1:59
7. "epaR" (featuring Vince Staples) Left Brain 4:00
8. "Moonlight" (featuring Hodgy Beats) Tyler, The Creator 2:04
9. "Pigions" (featuring Tyler, The Creator) Tyler, The Creator 3:33
10. "Stapleton"   BrandenBeatBoy 4:16
  • "Thisniggaugly" features uncredited vocals from Tyler, The Creator and Taco Bennett.
  • "Wakeupfaggot" features uncredited vocals from Syd Tha Kyd.
  • "epaR" features uncredited vocals from Hodgy Beats and Mike G.
  • Tyler, The Creator is credited as Wolf Haley on "Pigions".

Tidal Edition[edit]

In 2015 an alternative 29 track version of the mixtape was released by Classic Hits and InGrooves via subscription streaming service Tidal. This release featured the majority of the content from the original release (except Thisniggaugly and Wake Up Faggot) as well as 21 other tracks. The Tidal edition of the mixtape includes additional features by Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats, as well as features by Jasper Dolphin, Mylo and Gruzen. Some of the content was recorded whilst Earl went by the moniker Sly Tendancies, most notably his remix of Dat Ass which samples Big L's opening verse from the song Back Off Me.

Tidal Edition Track listing[edit]

1. Stapleton 2. Earl 3. Couch 4. Kill 5. Molliwopped 6. Luper 7. epaR 8. Moonlight 9. Deerskin 10. Orange Juice 11. Chordoroy 12. Drop 13. Mezmorized 14. Swag Me Out 15. Home 16. Brand New 17. Blade 18. Fuck This Christmas 19. WattStax 20. Pigions 21. Dat Ass 22. FYC 23. Cool 24. CopKiller 25. Rebellious Shit 26. Stone's Throw 27. Rick James 28. Dat Ass (Remix) 29. Number 4


  1. ^ "OFWGKTA: Earl Sweatshirt - EARL". Oddfuture.tumblr.com. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  2. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)". Pitchfork. 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Earl Sweatshirt - EARL (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Articles: Odd Future Mixtapes". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Articles: The /b/ Boys: Odd Future and the Swag Generation". Pitchfork. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  6. ^ alteredzones on 12/21/2010 at noon. (2010-12-21). "2010: Albums". Altered Zones. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  7. ^ "gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2010". Gorilla Vs. Bear. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Articles: The 25 Best Albums of 2010". Complex. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2012-03-02.