Hip-Hop

Why the New Earl Sweatshirt Is Better Than the New Jay Z

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If you're tired of hearing about every rap record as it might relate to Jay, I hope you'll forgive the comparison, or even accept that Sweatshirt asked for it when he dissed Magna Carta on Twitter last month.

I can admit, finding myself reacting against all of the "dad rap" tags that Magna got (unfairly) saddled with, Sweatshirt's tweet rubbed me the wrong way.The "FATHER FORGIVE ME FOR I HAVE TAKEN THE NAME OF OUR HOLY SAVIOR JAY Z IN VAIN" that followed irked me even more so: who the fuck does he think he is, etc., etc.

But here's the thing: I like Magna, might even argue that it's one of the most underrated records of the year, and Doris still runs circles around it. Sweatshirt sounds hungry. He has something to prove. And he does it.

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Derek Askey
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