Day for Night Artist Spotlight: Earl Sweatshirt
Don’t you hate it when someone just as old as you says something wiser than anything you’ve probably ever said? What about if what was said, was said in passing and the person who said it seems so nonchalant and careless about what they said, that they sound bored in their delivery, and just kept talking. Well, that’s Earl Sweatshirt for ya.
Reaching a midpoint between MF DOOM and Eminem (if Eminem was born to South African political activist, grew up in LA, and took enough Benzos to slow down his delivery to 1/8th the speed of the Eminem we know today) Earl has a distinct voice: a raspy, charismatically-unenthusiastic, syllable by syllable delivery, coupled with clusters of internal rhymes that seem to just fall out of his mouth in an order that just makes sense. Some would describe early Chance the Rapper as druggy-ear candy, and liken his music to a bag of jolly ranchers. If that’s so, then Earl is a bag of dusty fortune cookie papers that taste like sand and chapped lips that cause you to choke when you swallow them, yet you actually can’t help but enjoy them, with fortunes written on by Confucius himself. His debut studio album “Doris” made major waves for the former (at the time present) Odd Future member, and helped distinguish him as a dark new voice here to stay for as long as he wishes, and then recluse back into the shadows as a hip-hop-hermit until feeling called to dispel wisdom. Thriving in the background of LA hip-hop, Earl has collaborated with select few outside of his old OF colleagues, yet these connections are pivotal when analyzing just where he stands amongst his youthful peers in hip-hop.
Being an artist who paints himself as a troubled introvert, it is no wonder that Earl isn’t known to be a major touring artist. Even though Earl has toured with OF, done some solo tours, and even performed as a headliner at his long-time friend’s festival “Camp Flog Gnaw,” Earl just seems to not have a need or strong desire to tour. Yet, when he does make an appearance, you can tell he thrives upon stage; wearing a dopey basset-hound like smile that we so rarely see, his perpetual eye bags of what can only be stress and personal demons materialized onto his face seem to lighten up, and even disappear (metaphorically of course) behind the glow of the passion, power, and love he emits whilst performing. His love and appreciation for his fans are omnipresent in every moment during his performances, and completely overcasts any slip-ups he encounters when performing tracks from his old catalog requested by the crowd. Earl even loves to tease new unreleased music in his sets, so if you are a Sweatstan (yes I just made that up), be sure to stick around for his full set.To find out more about Day for Night Fest where Earl will be performing alongside many other artists, click here.
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