Upon its release, the album was met with much interest and critical acclaim on the web. Pitchfork Media called the album "mesmerizing". 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". Music site Gorilla vs. Bear listed it at number 12 in its list of the 30 best albums of 2010. Complex magazine rated Earl as the twenty-fourth best album of 2010.
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.