Preview: Earl Sweatshirt
The thinking kid’s rapper brings his latest album I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside to Glasgow
It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Earl Sweatshirt rhymed about sticking trumpets up girls butts on his debut mixtape EARL at the astounding age of 16, resulting in his cheeky bottom getting packed up and sent off to a military school in Samoa shortly after. It was like some sort of Bill and Ted gag, but for real. Unlike the wacky and at times tedious hijinks of the group’s head honcho Tyler the Creator and co., Earl (real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) has always been a bit more of an anomaly within the Odd Future camp, a cherub-like dark horse in a pack of dayglo hooded wolves – usually armed with the darkest lyrical themes and the most complex rhyming schemes out of the bunch.
With his long awaited debut of Doris back in 2013, to much critical applause along with heavy hitters like The Neptunes on the desk – the mystery of Earl was unravelled with an accomplished and pretty well adjusted record for the sum of its parts. Slightly matured, it was still snotty enough and straight-up bizarre when it had to be. Two years on and he’s dropped perhaps his most minimal and retrospective set of tracks to date, aptly titled I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside – grappling with fame and subversion at still a pretty tender age.
Earl Sweatshirt has stuff on his mind though; he’s a thinking kid’s rapper without falling into the backpack multi-syllable gibberish that a lot of ‘alternative’ rap still wallows in for the most part.
O2 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 8 Jun.