doris

Who would have thought when Odd Future exploded on to the national rap scene a couple years ago that they would have so much mainstream talent. Given the LA collective’s brash nature and affinity for controversy, their success is the strangest mixture of surprising and unsurprising all in one. First, Tyler, the Creator’s albums Goblin and Wolf were released to critical acclaim, then Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange won many album-of-the-year contests in 2012, and now Earl Sweatshirt‘s album Doris is sure to grab more than a few nods. Earl is still a teenager, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the way this kid rhymes. His raps are stark, dangerous, violent, angry and sensitive all at the same time, which makes Doris one of the most interesting records I’ve listened to  in quite a while.

While Doris is set for an August 20th release date, the stream was released this week and can be found below. In my opinion, this is definitely a top album of the year.