Earl Sweatshirt experiments with “Some New Rap Songs”



Trenton Abrego

For the first time since 2015, Earl Sweatshirt has released a full-length EP. “Some Rap Songs,” is the junior album from the Los Angeles-based rapper.

Earl Sweatshirt has had quite the year, again.

On Jan. 3, 2018, his father, Keropetse Kgositsile, a South African poet and activist, died. Some fans might remember that when his 2015 album “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt,” which was dark and contained many elements of grief.

This time around, Earl Sweatshirt manages to steer well clear of their complicated relationship, while still being creative.

All but the final three tracks.

In those tracks, Earl Sweatshirt addresses the death of his father. Half of his features come on the 13th track on the album, “Playing Possum,” which features both his mother and late father.

Earl Sweatshirt had recently planned to surprise his father with a cease-and-desist offering in the form of the song, but he passed before the 24-year old could send it to him.

In “Peanut,” Earl Sweatshirt gives listeners some insight inside of his head and the death of his father.

“Picking out his grave, couldn’t help but feel out of place,” Earl raps over a heavily-produced beat and broken vocals.  “ … Death, it has a sour taste, bless my pops, we sent him off and not an hour late.”

To wrap up the album, “Riot!” offers a more creative side from Earl Sweatshirt and pays homage to close family friend and jazz legend, Hugh Masekela.

In the early half of the album, listeners are treated to the normal sounding Earl Sweatshirt who often raps over broken and melodic beats. In “Nowhere2go,” Earl Sweatshirt showcases this to his best ability and offers witty insight to his quick rise to fame.

“You went and gave me a cape, but that never gave me no hope,” the 24-year old rapper raps.

On this album, Earl Sweatshirt showcases a deeper talented than just being a goofy Odd Future member who regularly appears on “Loiter Squad.”

Another risk was taken by Earl Sweatshirt in this album. In “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside,” the album length was 30 minutes and heavily criticized, which led to this tweet.

This time around, the album lasts just 24 minutes by holds 15 tracks and only has one song that’s longer than 2:30.

BEST TRACKS: Azucar, Nowhere2go, Peanut, December 24