Earl Sweatshirt’s latest album “SICK!” has arrived and it’s the artist’s first offering since 2020’s “Feet of Clay (Deluxe)”.
“SICK!“ is a hypnotic listen, combining cold, eccentric instrumentals with lucid lyrics that tell the 27-year-old’s life story, hitting listeners so quickly it’ll have you hitting the snooze button at least once. time. Running a total of 24 minutes, the album offers listeners a quick escape from the turbulent reality that lies outside.
Earl also released a video for the Black Noi$e-produced single “Titanic.” The Rodney Passe-directed video follows Na-Kel Smith’s driving as Earl sits in the back of a moving car in a somewhat empty lot.
The Los Angeles native started working on “SICK!” at the start of the pandemic, leading Earl to address topics from his personal life to his rise to fame with Odd Future.
The rapper admitted to being inspired by the emotions and behaviors of our society living through a global pandemic.
“People were sick. People were angry and isolated and restless. I leaned into the chaos because it was obvious it was going nowhere. These songs are what happened when I was going up for the air,” he said in a press release.
The long-awaited project shows how Earl has grown musically since his last full album “Some Rap Songs” – where he raps in a subdued way over soulful loops. The verbal gymnast has since lent his bars to The Alchemist’s 2021 EP, “This Thing of Ours,” Boldy James’ “Bo Jackson,” and Wiki’s latest album “Half God.” On “SICK!” we find Earl delivering more assertive raps over darker production. We also see features from Zelooperz and Armand Hammer.
“SICK!” is available now through Warner and Tan Cressida Records.