"Whoa"

On his new single, the most exciting rapper in the Odd Future crew sticks to a familiar MO: a hard, unadorned beat topped with rhymes delivered in tongue-twisting configurations. Earl's pose – mildly sociopathic rebel nerd – isn't new, but the lyrics enliven the cliché. Best Anglicism-cum- Rick Ross-shout-out: "The misadventures of a shit-talker/Pissed as Rick Ross' fifth sip of his sixth lager." Prize for pure poetry: "Get 'em higher than the pitch of metal tea-kettle songs."

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