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    Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

    Release date: August 20, 2013

    Perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated rap albums of the summer, Doris, like all records that we look forward to, was polarizing. Some felt that Earl Sweatshirt mellowed out and didn't offer his best; others, like myself, thought that it was a solid effort, despite the few songs that sounded like they weren't fully realized. The album feels MF DOOM-ish in focus, with Earl rarely offering up the kind of focus we got on "Chum." But the album showed maturity and Earl rapping as sharp as ever, with songs like "Burgundy," "Hive," and the RZA-featuring "Molasses," Doris is one that shaped our summer—from anxiously awaiting its release, to every music nerd discussing it in excruciating detail.—Joyce