Why the New Earl Sweatshirt Is Better Than the New Jay Z
"You posers know me as the troll throwing moldy donut holes at your grody hoe from his cronies' whip" is just one of the tongue-twisting lines on Doris. It's more than a fulfillment of the promise of his "We are the Xany-gnashing, Caddy-smashing, bratty-ass, he mad, he snatched his Daddy's Jag and used the shit for batting practice" fireworks from his verse on Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids."
Go a step further and compare it to a line from Magna and the two don't even seem like they inhabit the same continent. Jay's singing fucking Nirvana lines with Justin Timberlake. There's a place for that, I guess, but Sweatshirt just makes him seem silly.
I wouldn't say that's what Earl Sweatshirt set out to do, exactly, and there are songs on Magna that people might be more psyched to hear than anything from Doris: the Pharrell-produced "BBC," probably, or the infectious "Part II (On the Run)." But as an album, Doris outshines Magna in nearly every measure.
It's not that Sweatshirt's rapping about anything we haven't heard, exactly, but there's an attention to the line that Jay Z seems to have lost (along with a lot of other rappers, Kendrick excluded.) While hip-hop might be guiltier than any other genre of chasing the next-awesome-thing, if Sweatshirt is where things are headed, that's fine.
Tweet away, Sweatshirt, talk shit. It's money.