Somehow, it’s a shame that Earl Sweatshirt actually made an album called Some rap songs. The title of Earl’s last album was a hoax and a provocation, since the songs Some rap songs It doesn’t really sound like anyone’s functional definition of “rap songs”. Instead, they sounded like a young man going through, trying to process a whole bunch of trauma as his voice sank into the sonic darkness. but on Sick!His new album, Earl Sweatshirt, is already making rap songs. Sick! It’s the Earl Sweatshirt’s first album that doesn’t sound scarier and more withdrawn than the one that came before. It’s a dense, rich, meditative work, but it also has the chronic self-confidence that one might expect from a set of rap songs. lately rolling rock An interview, Earl says, “was my goal, which was to meet people halfway.” But with the Earl Sweatshirt, there’s no such thing as a middle of the road. It hits us where we live.
There will never be another profession like the one Earl Sweatshirt had. It is simply not possible. Earl reached internet fame as a teenager, and during his first year or two, he was quite defined by absence. The rest of the young Odd Future crew help turn Earl into a mysterious celebrity case, and fans come up with their own accounts about Earl’s whereabouts, and what happened to him. When the scientist learns that 16-year-old Earl was in a boarding reform school, his mother becomes a kind of public villain. Earl’s reappearance was not the moment of triumph some of us had envisioned. It was weird, embarrassing, and sad. Earl tried to balance the narrative that had already taken hold, but the novels have a life of their own. Earl signed a big deal with a big brand, but didn’t follow his old friend Tyler, The Creator to the top spot at the festival. Instead, his music got weirder and weirder. Earl turned inside.
when made Some rap songs More than three years ago, the Earl was still dealing with anger and grief over his rise to fame, and was also going through a general grief, mourning the father of the hair giant who wasn’t around as a child. His music was multi-layered and complex because his life was multi-layered and complex. But in the past few years, Earl has found a new sense of the creative community, connecting it to people whose concept of rap is as loose and off-center as his. When he’s working with his peers—the chemist, Armand Hammer, Black Nui$e, Navy Blue, Zelopers—the Earl finally seems to have made some home looks.
Earl Sweatshirt has always been a rapper who loves language and calls the album Sick!It stacks meanings on top of meanings. The word “sick” has positive connotations, and it has a lot of negative meanings as well. Earl’s Record Sick! Amid the epidemic lockdowns, while keeping his circle small. LP comes into the world at a moment when many of us feel stressed, confused, and depressed, when an entire community feels like it’s collapsing in a million small ways. Maybe that’s how Earl Sweatshirt has felt over the past decade. Maybe we meet him halfway.
Sick!, like Earl Sweatshirt’s last few albums, Short and Focused – 10 songs, 24 min. Even when he sings alongside his peers, Earl seems to be deep in his own world, perhaps because Armand Hammer and ZeelooperZ are rappers who have always built their own worlds, too. and after Sick! Still more visible and tangible than the dubious hazy flights of Earl’s last few records. Earl’s voice is louder in the mix. There is less blurring noise around the edges of the tracks. More drumming. The melodic loops dissolve. But that doesn’t mean Earl Sweatshirt is here making Ruddy Rich records. Instead, it tightens us, and leads to wrinkles.
beats on Sick! she is beatiful. Working with a group of producers who understood his voice, Earl made something loose and hypnotic. A beat like Black Noi’s “Titanic” sounds like dirt music running through a J Dilla filter – all keyboard gurgles and loud hissing arrive at odd and unexpected intervals. In one of the songs, Earl checks out “Uncle Villa”. A few tracks later, he tweaked a disturbing episode of Trumpets that may have been repeated from the Villa Kuti recordings. (As I write this, album credits aren’t available yet, but my intuition tells me this is a model from Fela.) The closest album “Fire In The Hole” has blue guitar trims and a soft, light piano; It’s a rare moment on this very short album where Earl allows himself to fade into the background and let the song go without him.
the Sick! The album cover is like the raw materials for a ritual, and the Earl Sweatshirt image is a frozen face wearing one of those masks we’re all tired of having to keep using every time we go out to buy milk. The album is not Around The pandemic, but his attempts to realistically address the bad feelings reverberate at this moment. Clearly, Earl is still processing his past. On his first single “2010”, he flashes again as he leads his mother to a wall. But Earl is 27 now, a father, and is able to dissect his story without emotion. On leaving L.A.: “Your hometown stuck to me like a rock, so you know how I gotta get over it.” About all the bad fates he avoided: “Leaving the bed, smitten, no scabbard on the sword / Made with the skin of my teeth, thank God.” At one point, Earl thinks his grandfather spoke 13 languages but still had something to say. This heavy shit.
But Sick! Not a woe-is-me album, and the Earl Sweatshirt isn’t above turning private lives into its own kind of legend. In one moment, Earl will remind us that the job he’s doing is tough: “Send a postcard from the deep / Bleed the vein until there’s nothing left / You look drained, you gotta get some rest.” Elsewhere, he will teach us that Need To bleed this vein: “Trust the rite of passage to the chapters of life / I must write to find balance / This gigantic phone game, I do what I have to do with the parts.”
The splinters are what he gave us. Since returning from that reform school, Earl Sweatshirt has shown little inclination to chase the same stardom that some of his old friends found. In this rolling rock In an interview, Earl says he canceled an entire 19-song album because it wasn’t true: “The album I was working on before had a really upbeat energy about it, but it just felt gross. It just felt political, like the mayoral campaign.” Earl Sweatshirt is not willing to campaign in our favour. But he’s willing, for now, to do it rap musicAnd that’s what he’s doing on this new album. Sick! He’s a weird, isolated rap record, but he’s a rap record nonetheless, and it’s a great record.
Sick! It came out 1/14 at Tan Cressida/Warner Records.
Other albums of notes released this week:
• FKA Twigs’ Caprisongs
• Cat Power’s covers
• Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ The boy’s name is if
• chastity suffer summer
• Cordez From a bird’s eye view
• NLE Choppa’s I vs. I
• bang We are not only
• Bonobo crumbs
• Daniel Bloomberg next world calendar
• The peoples of Garcia fee evasion
• UNDERWORTH voyeur
blood red shoes ghosts on tape
• fickle friends Will we be okay?
• Sea Girls homesickness
• Grace Cummings Storm Queen
• Punch Brothers Hell on Church Street
• The Lumineers’ The bright side
• Anna von Hauswolf Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival
• A broken social scene Old Meet Young: B-Sides & Rarities
• sister jnani EP