After being pulled from the hip hop scene by his mother and sent to a boarding school to finish adolescence out of the spotlight, Earl Sweatshirt is back with rhymes that are flipping the genre on its head.

Earl Sweatshirt’s music is strikingly honest, self-aware, and self-doubting across the board … the dense, introspective words lap over the listener, emphasizing the intensely focused and gifted wordplay, and the deeply progressive take on storytelling from a personal meeting with the dark side. He’s unafraid as an artist to admit he’s afraid. There are failures and absences in his life, and instead of hiding those with the ego, he opens them to the beat.

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