Earl Sweatshirt’s major label debut, Doris, arrived at number five on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the hip-hop chart after it’s first week totaling 49,000 units sold. The record was released via Earl’s own Tan Cressida imprint and Columbia. Doris comes three years after his debut mixtape, Earl, introduced the world to one of the most talented and exciting voices in music. During the time that has passed, Earl attended a reform school in Samoa returning with a stronger artistic focus and a more mature outlook on life. To create Doris, Earl worked with producers including Pharrell, RZA, BADBADNOTGOOD, Tyler, The Creator, Matt Martians and even produced many of the songs himself. He received guest verses from Odd Future cohorts Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis, and Tyler, The Creator as well as LA-based rappers Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, and Mac Miller.
Doris has the density and the force of the classic Ghostface Killah album Ironman, in which narratives and the language are equally important and equally restrained… He is a methodical rapper who recalls word-heavy m.c.s from the nineties, like Nas and Saafir. – The New Yorker
For every stoned, tossed-off observation there’s another moment of startling emotional potency…He stacks words effortlessly, setting up internal rhymes and double entendres with a shrug-filled nonchalant attitude. – XL rating – XXL