Earl Sweatshirt is one of my favorite musical artists of all time. The Los Angeles based 21-year artist has broken away from his past of the young, prodigious Odd Future rapper clouded in mystery and intrigue and has become a fully realized rapper and producer (he produced most of his last two releases I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside and Solace). His dark, lo-fi productions, emotionally charged and decisive rhyme schemes make him one of the most talented and most uncompromising artist currently working. His music is a snapshot of his life according to his interviews, of drug addiction, losing friends, the death of his grandmother, not eating, fame, a brutal breakup, and various elements that are accentuated by his mixing and producing.
Maybe it’s because we are close in age, my admiration of him, or that I also lost my grandmother, but his music holds a special place in my heart, and there are very few artists I also hold that association with. Besides, his more recent depressing ‘sad boy’ releases, he has aggressive, jazz-inspired lyrics that make him pretty versatile content-wise. In short, he’s fucking tight. This artwork is inspired by Solace, go listen to it.