Welcome to the return of OFT Album of the Week, I'm your host, Matty, and today we'll be doing something a little different with our return, a versus. The two albums we'll be talking about today come out on August 20th, but what are they? Let's find out.
This Week's Contenders:
Doris is the debut studio album from Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt. The album has been hyped up for months despite delays and many other problems leading into the album, but now it's finally released. The album features guest appearances like fellow OFWGKTA members Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, and Domo Genesis and others like Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, Mac Miller, and RZA. The album also features production from Earl himself (under the alias RandomBlackDude), Christian Rich, The Neptunes, RZA, BADBADNOTGOOD, Samiyam, and Tyler, the Creator.
Trap Lord is also the debut studio album from A$AP Mob member A$AP Ferg. Originally planned as a mixtape, the project would later turn into a studio album released by ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records. The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Trinidad James, French Montana, Schoolboy Q, and Waka Flocka Flame among others.
So who's album was the best? Let's fight:
Now this should be an easy one right? Obviously Earl has the better lyrics, right? Well technically, yes, but I want to give Ferg a chance because he is clever every once in a while ("Mothafuckas like cavities, cuz these niggas be too fake" from "Shabba"). But, easily, point goes to Earl.
This one's a bit of a hard one. Both albums equally have good production, but for different reasons. The difference is one is for bangers and occasional smoother songs and the other dark and grimeys beats with the occasional switch up ("20 Waves Caps"). But out of both albums, Doris features both the worst ("Pre") and the best production ("Molasses", "Centurion", "Burgundy", "Knight"). Trap Lord has a lot of good beats like "Shabba," "Work (Remix)," or "Make a Scene." Nothing hugely unique or standout though, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but Earl has the advantage of working with legendary beatmakers and other unique producers, so, point goes to Earl once again.
Out of both albums, which one had the most energy? Well it should be obvious that its Trap Lord, but I want to talk about Doris' energy. ...Uh "20 Wave Caps" was energetic I guess. Ok, that's one of the things I'm really disappointed in about Doris. Earl, Earl Sweatshirt's first mixtape/album (unless you count Kitchen Cutlery when he was under the alias of Sly Tendencies) featured a lot of energy and charisma from Earl and featured lyrical atomic bombs. If Earl can do that there, why not on this album? It's obvious the monotone flow Earl presents is intentional, but it doesn't work. If it ain't broke Earl, don't fix it (or ruin it). Point to Ferg for keeping a constant entertaining album.
Now WTF does this category mean? It means who's album felt more like an album, and not a collection of songs, if you get me. Now both albums feature a sort of flow/continuity, but surprisingly, Ferg's album feels more full. Earl made a lot of mistakes in terms of continuity for his album. There isn't a consistent tone or it doesn't easily fade over into the next tone. It's kinda rough. Some tracks transition well into others, and some don't. I feel kinda spoiled that we have these Dr. TC concept albums (Bastard, Goblin, Wolf) from Tyler, because when there isn't a constant story in other OF albums, it feels kinda weird. In some songs Earl goes from an MF Doom type, to well, an Earl Sweatshirt type. And these transitions pop in and out without warning, leaving us wanting the Earl Sweatshirt type more, and not vapid songs to show off how lyrical you are. Point goes to Ferg once again.
Overall, who's album was the best? Who won the August 20 wars? Let's find out...
And the winner is...
A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord!
Overall, Ferg's album kept my attention more. Overall great production, great features, and actually kept me from getting bored. I'm disappointed in Earl. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but something better than what we were given. I hoped the boring monotone flow would go away from most of the tracks, which it didn't. Most of the production and features kept me from wanting to turn off the album, but damn, such opportunity wasted.
So what album did you think was better? Tell me what you think in the poll or in a post.