Mike Windle / Getty Images
Earl Sweatshirt calls himself "a surviving child star" in a press release announcing his new album, Some rap songs, until November 30. It is not a label that is usually applied to prodigies in hip-hop, where washing before you are old enough to drink legally is not at all abnormal.
At age 24, Earl has not only exceeded the average life expectancy of rap, but continues to push towards something increasingly rare: evolution. In "The Mint," Earl's second single this year, after leaving "Nowhere2Go" earlier this month, you hear the maturity in his voice in the first place. But depth is also revealed in his intention. "My childhood and the initial stages of my adulthood have been in the public eye," says Earl through the editor. "I can grow as much as I want for myself, but I am a public figure, so that my growth is complete, the work must reflect it."
The next album of 15 songs comes almost at the end of a tumultuous year for Earl. His father, the South African poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, died in January, just a month before the father and his son, long distance, met. Now, the closure you were looking for must come from within.
The search for Earl is evident in "The Mint", with the navy blue. Throughout a laborious track and a piano rhythm curl, Earl offers a flow similar to a zombie. "The tip of the foot on the mortar and the brick / blows with the devil in disguise". And after the recent loss of a longtime friend and collaborator, Mac Miller, a line about being more responsible with recreational drugs sounds less discarded: "Use too much of everything you have at hand /" The difference is that now what I control, "he says." I hit the splice, but I did not promote it under the overpass / Without a lid, sand falling out of the hourglass. "
Never oblivious to self-reflection, it is likely that Earl's resolution is buried in the notes between Some rap songs. It is the type of prolonged admirers who have come to adore the surviving prodigy.