Listen: Earl Sweatshirt - Grief
Earl lets his demons out over a lo-fi beat.
It's hard to believe Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt is still only 21, with his third solo full-length, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside released today, and two albums, as well as multiple live shows with his hip hop collective Odd Future under his belt. Earl was only 16 or so when he dropped his debut mixtape Earl, which was critically acclaimed by the press, and widely loved by rap fans and beyond. Earl's dry wit, unsettling, macabre themes and savvy wordplay made him an entrancing rapper, so much so that it was Earl that tipped his underground hip hop collective Odd Future into the spotlight, as opposed to the high-strung antics of the group's defacto 'leader' Tyler, the Creator.
However, despite his success, Earl's always been one of the more mysterious members of the collective, never participating in Odd Future interviews and largely absent from the Internet / the spotlight. Then he disappeared altogether, and it was revealed that his mum whisked him to a Samoan retreat for at-risk teen boys, a story he later revealed in track Chum, before re-appearing late 2012 and delivering on the Earl hype with sophomore album Doris.
Eighteen months on from Doris, today you can listen to the nerve-wracky vibes of Grief, the first single from I Don’t Like Shit. Earl's scatterbrained rap delivery is in full effect, as he airs out his issues over a murky, cloud-rap style, lo-fi beat. Earl's weirder, and more paranoid than ever before - it's wonderful and repulsive and sad all at once.
Watch the trippy visuals for Grief below. Pre-order the album here.
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside Tracklist:
5. Off Top
6. Grown Ups (ft. Dash)
7. AM // Radio (ft. Wiki)
9. Dna (ft. Na'kel)
10. Wool (ft. Vince Staples)
The album is now streaming via Pitchfork, check it: