Earl (mixtape)

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Mixtape by Earl Sweatshirt
Released March 31, 2010 (2010-03-31)
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Alternative hip hop, horrorcore
Length 25:54
Label Self-released
Producer Tyler, The Creator, Left Brain, BrandenBeatBoy
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]

Background and lyrics[edit]

Earl is notable for its depraved and violent lyrics, which detail the fictional misadventures of the young Earl Sweatshirt, as he commits acts of murder, rape, kidnapping, and violence. 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.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (positive)[3]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[2]

Earl was met with much interest and critical acclaim on the web, upon its release. The tape also garnered rave reviews from music critics. Pitchfork Media called the album "mesmerizing".[4] 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".[5] Music site Gorilla vs. Bear listed it at number 12 in its list of the 30 best albums of 2010.[6] Complex magazine rated Earl as the twenty-fourth best album of 2010.[7]


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.[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" and "Earl" features uncredited vocals from Tyler, The Creator and Taco Bennet.
  • "Wakeupfaggot" features uncredited vocals from Syd Tha Kyd.
  • "epaR" features uncredited vocals from Hodgy Beats and Mike G.
  • Tyler, The Creator is credited as Ace Creator on "Couch", and as Wolf Haley on "Pigions".


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