Rapper Earl Sweatshirt (real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) has an album being released next week according to iTunes. The record, entitled I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, is set to be released March 23rd, and contains a track listing of ten songs. While one could easily assert that this is a tactic on Sweatshirt’s part to follow in the footsteps of recent surprise releases from Kendrick Lamar and Drake, his recent Twitter feed suggests the album’s prompt release comes from label problems.
Earl Sweatshirt is a rapper that has been getting considerable attention in hip-hop culture, especially due to his young age. Having only just recently turned 21, the rapper was barely in his mid-teens when he released his debut album, Earl, back in 2010. He quickly established himself as the favorable rapper in the hip-hop collective, Odd Future, known for his surreal flow and cadence that many would compare to MF Doom.
Despite his quick exposure to the hip-hop lime-light, his career took a bit more of a hiatus than his peers would have hoped though, as he disappeared from the public eye in the early 2010s. Other members of his group claimed to have no knowledge of his whereabouts, and various rumors arose that his mother had shipped him away to boarding school due to the graphic lyrical content of his songs (wearing t-shirts that read Free Earl became commonplace among Odd Future members). It eventually was revealed that Earl was sent to a therapeutic relief school in Somalia by his mother due to his bad behavior, but returned in 2012. In 2013, he finally released his first major-label album, Doris, which was well-received.
The announcement of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside also comes with the premiere of a new single and music video called “Grief.” With Sweatshirt’s recent irate Twitter postings, and the fact that the album is only listed as having ten tracks (fairly light for a recent hip-hop record), there’s a bit of speculation that the album might not be as complete as Earl intended it to be. Still, fans should be glad to see the rapper release new music two years after Doris. Also, it looks like this, Action Bronson’s major label debut, and the official release of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly are all happening on the same day. March 23rd is looking like a good date to be a fan of contemporary hip-hop.
FDRMX Eyes: Xavier Boscher is a singer-songwriter from France. Boscher has released his music video entitled “The Origin of My Well-Being.”