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Earl Sweatshirt stakes claim as a producer on new album

Earl Sweatshirt stakes claim as a producer on new album

Among the surprises to arrive within Los Angeles rapper Earl Sweatshirt's striking new album, "I Don't Like ... I Don't Go Outside," are the production credits. Unlike most hip hop releases that feature as many producers as there are tracks, Earl's second studio album only credits two people: Left Brain, a kindred member of the Odd Future crew, produced one track. And Earl produced the other nine. Minimal, dark and minus many of the snare snaps and tribal beats that have come to define big production hip hop, Earl's work is smaller, more intimate, a less studio creation than a bedroom project. For those who have witnessed Earl in action, this...

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