26. Earl Sweatshirt, Earl (2010)
Much like Tyler, the Creator's Bastard, Earl was released at a time in hip-hop culture when there was such an appetite for innovation that fans had turned to fiends, scraping the undersides of their fingernails for whatever slivers of sonic creativity they could find. Earl gave them a fat sack of what they craved, and then some.
As one of the youngest—Earl was 16 at the time of recording—and most intriguing members of Odd Future, Earl's prodigious lyrics were spellbinding to the point where you might feel like he was personally cursing you. Features from the remaining members of OF brought Earl into full bloom, leaving listeners in a state of paralysis induced by horror and enchantment alike. —Alysa Lechner