I’ve said this, everyone has said this – EarthGang is the modern day OutKast. The comparison between the two Atlanta duos is impossible to avoid, especially since Olu has many stylistic similarities to Andre 3000. However, on their long awaited Dreamville debut Mirrorland, EarthGang show they aren’t trying to be OutKast. They’re just being EarthGang, and doing a damn good job.
They actually revealed that Mirrorland’s biggest inspiration was The Wiz musical. “We thought about how, if we’re going to make a project sonically to rival The Wiz, we got to create another world for people to imagine and go to… It’s really colorful. It’s really dangerous. It’s really trippy. It’s literally Freaknik Atlanta in the summertime—folks,” Olu said in an interview with Pitchfork.
EarthGang finds a modern trap sound on “Bank” referencing their common comparison to OutKast, with WowGr8 rapping “ain’t no SpottieOttie, sorry bro.” They’re just so versatile throughout Mirrorland. There’s soulful, smooth songs as well as trappy hard-hitting tracks that sound equally as great. They let their own voices shine throughout while bringing on minimal features including Young Thug, T-Pain, Kehlani, Arin Ray and Malik. There production from some amazing artists like DJ Dahi, Lido, Johnny Venus, Childish Major, and many talented under the radar producers.
Mirrorland is fun, trippy and experimental in the best way. I feel like this project has been teased forever with all the label delays, but the final product was well worth the wait. After just a couple listens it’s an early contender for my personal favorite album of the year.
Check out the full project below and enjoy!