With a name like Some Rap Songs, The Earl Sweatshirt is very obvious through the rap art arts industry. That's right, no tricks but a way that does not try to draw attention to its authenticity. Earl called his last album, 2015 I do not like shit, I'm not going outside, his dissertation work on himself, but of course he does not like the similar burden of this record. Labeling in the simplest sense protects against the hype that surrounds it without jeopardizing its severity. It's really the simplest thing: it's deep in the bag.
In three years I do not like shit, I'm not going outside, a lot happened in Earl's life: his father died earlier this year, sparked a visit to Johannesburg and reunited with his family; lost his longtime associate and friend, Mac Miller, and supported the connection with the new MC community. The album reflects not only the continuous maturation but also the recalibration: the newly discovered commitment to discovering personal and universal truths and re-confirming their joy from songs in search of comfort. The record is by far the earliest Earl of Earl, but it is tied to fast-cutting, hard looping specimens that keep you feeling breezy. Here are five things you can listen to during your first counts Some Rap Songs.
"I'm with Mike and Honey"
Sometimes a member of Earl Sweatshirt has created a collaborative and meaningful friendship with a new class of similar musicians. He names – several of these players Some Rap Songs, and that's no coincidence. The shrugging booms and rollers with these guys – mostly New Yorkers – have a significant impact on his music. Cast of characters consists of genres and classics.
There is Navy Blue (or Sage Elsesser), the professional skater turned the rapper credited with the artistic direction I do not like shit, I'm not going outside, who once was Earl's roommate (Sage has a verse on this record); MIKE, an introspective teenager from the Bronx, who became a member of the County Office after having bought the alum of one of his early mixtapes online and received personal thanks back; Medhane, rapper Brooklyn, who is half the duo Medslaus with producer Slauson Malone aka Jasper Marsalis; Mach-Hommy, a mysterious Jersey rapper, for which Earl produced beats; Gio Escobar, who, as a frontman standing on the corner, is making music that stretches across the black and brown diaspora. Some are guests, others were just in his thoughts or around his creation, but these artists had a clear influence Some Rap Songs. You hear it in its disposition: in some songs it is as cool and computerized as Mach, almost analytical in its accuracy; in others, it is equally emotional and self-realizing like MIKE. This gives his unique perspective a new dimension.
Earl draws a new sound
For this purpose, the soundtrack turns on Some Rap Songs is also heavily indebted to Earl's surroundings in recent years: Denmark Vessey, standing on the corner, Black Noi, Booliemane and Adé Hakim all contributed to the album. Some production is not far from what Earl Mach did. Overall, it seems that the record borrows its musical opinions from the post-genre SoTC Red Burns project, MIKE fragmentation Let God bless your hands, and Knuxwledge's stupid, but earthy percussion catalog. The punches are narrowly looped, which Earl described Vultu as "a snake eating his tail." Most of them bring a somewhat vintage hip-hop feeling. Unlike the dull sounds IDLS, IDGO, which sometimes seemed to be almost without light, Some Rap Songs is a variety of explosions, an experience that is not different from browsing through various View-Master images. Structured snippet structure and dizzying movement, collecting images into a long piece of play, were born out of bonds.
Short tracks have taken so many rap albums this year, mostly due to lazy writing and streaming the economy that rewards long albums. But Earl is not a stranger to keep it short and sweet: briefness and distortion were the strengths of 2015 I do not like shit, I'm not going outside. He once said, "The fire is able to say the least with the slightest amount of words." Applying its efficiency philosophy to this 15-minute 25-minute album by keeping many tracks under two minutes. It's a product of an album-style musical film that still weighs the time of our listeners. The minute, appropriately named "Loosie," is packed from front to back with raps, seemingly falling to Earl in the middle of the thought. At the end of "The Veins", it almost melted the entire Earl Sweat myths.
Most cuts are turned on Some Rap Songs were written before the death of Earl's father Keorapets Kgositsile, but even those who do not work through sadness are the reflection of their family. "Playing Possum" is the clips of both parents who speak publicly overlapping each other. His mother is present throughout the record, often in some support capacity. "I'm getting better with time, that's what my mother says," argues Azucar, "later he added," My mom said she was seeing my father in me. "
Several songs that refer to Kgositsile largely exclude the unwinding of a complicated relationship with their son. The exception is "Peanut", on which Earl will reconcile his father's loss before having a chance to ruin his problems. The song is one of the most powerful moments of the album, written with clear clarity. "He chose his grave, could not help me to feel out of place." He blessed me, grabbed him, and not an hour later. "Still in shock, it knocked me somewhere. Earl opened the search for a closure. "I did not get him to leave me for a moment to come with my goddamned self," he said. There's still a lot to figure out about it.
- "Bad apple, everyday engagement with my relative / bad acid has caused my mental condition to be damaged / Sure you're right, you needed a few passages to make / call me out of the wilderness" (From December 24)
- "I do not know what I'm saying because I do not know the bags, I stay in them / I see you shoot, but your angles are garbage, do not play with us" (From "Ontheway!")
- "It's real when you seal the letters with wax, the shit turns when it checks that we see that he / she is handsome / real Mike Willie shit, we went to the gorilla, really gave up the ransom / you silly, we give them the wrong blood, we do dashes and pulls you fast "(From" The Bends ")
- "Mouffle My Pain And My Mouth Up Up" (From "Cold Summers")
- "Find my dirty water boats / No one can clean it / Nobody tells me I'm going to sink / Nobody tells me I can leave" (From "Shattered Dreams")
- "Every nigga that goes around me serves as a reminder that I / I have to watch my step / I do not want the silence to keep it / I think I've spent most of my life depressed / The only thing I meant was death / Did not know the time was next / Try to specify these shit, I redefined / first I had to find it "(From" Nowhere2go ")