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Earl Sweatshirt : Doris

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile AKA Earl Sweatshirt has more reason than most to be rapping about the pressures of fame and the ways it changes your life forever: having released his debut mixtape Earl aged just 16, he was forced to watch his own rise to stardom as a distant spectator after his mother – concerned that a move into the hip hop game would lead her already troubled son further off the rails – sent him to a “theraputic retreat school for at-risk boys” on Samoa. Since returning to Los Angeles – and the Odd Future fold – in early 2012, Earl has been working on his debut album proper, Doris, which finally hits stores August 20 via Columbia Records and his own Tan Cressida imprint, and whilst it features big name production from the likes of RZA and the Neptunes it’s Sweatshirt’s personal development that steals the show. Still a teenager, Earl has matured at a scary rate, now displaying far greater technical prowess both behind the scenes (he produced or co-produced 7 of the album’s 15 tracks) and up front, spitting clever internal rhymes and favouring brutally honest, occasionally moving outbursts about missing the father that abandoned him as a child (“Chum“) or giving up smoking pot and feeling so much worse for it (the Frank Ocean featuring “Sunday“) over the ultraviolent cop-killer fantasies of three years ago. With dank, dismal beats echoing ’90s Wu Tang and Mobb Deep, this is the kind of uneasy listeningthat hip hop heads love, a steak dinner with enough gristle to keep them chewing it over for months; listen to “Hive” below, and stream Doris in full here.

 

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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  1. Pingback: #NewMusicTuesday – August 20th | Music Streetlight

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