Widely regarded as one of the best lyricists under 25, Earl Sweatshirt’s participation in the rap game is equal parts unwavering, and low-key.

Since his return to music in 2012, Earl has carved out a lane all his own. His lyrics are terrifyingly honest, introspective, and while often dark, there is always an underlying glimmer of hope which seems to reveal itself through Earl’s stark awareness of his own potential.

His latest release, Grief continues in a similar vein to work from his last album, Doris. The haunting, slow, and lo-fi production paired with his dense, frenzied raps is the perfect marriage. This is the leading single from his upcoming album, I DON’T LIKE SH*T, I DON’T GO OUTSIDE, dropping next week.

The black and white video, [presumably] filmed on a thermal imaging camera, picks up on heat rather than light. It depicts a troubled Earl gliding through various scenes, people at every turn but unable to shake the overwhelming feeling of loneliness and isolation.

Check the track list below, and pre-order the album here:

1. Huey
2. Mantra
3. Faucet
4. Grief
5. Off Top
6. Grown Ups [ft. Dash]
7. AM // Radio [ft. Wiki]
8. Inside
9. Dna [ft. Na’kel]
10. Wool [ft. Vince Staples]

Sweatshirt has a WebsiteSoundCloud, Twitter, & Instagram

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Two and a half years after dropping – perhaps the most incredible debut mixtape we have seen in recent years – 1999, Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ has released his much anticipated studio album, B4.DA.$$.

At only 20 years old, one of the most striking aspects of his flow is the potent influence of 90s hip-hop which acts as the solid foundation upon which he builds. His music also contains clear elements from his West Indian heritage, inventive components of new New York rap, topped off with a youthful fearlessness to add other genres such as dance and electronic into the mix. Still in the early stages of what is shaping up to be a long musical career, the rapper seems to exist as one of those rare talents who is loved and respected by everyone in the industry. Just one listen to any of the myriad projects/songs released by Joey and ProEra in the last three years and it isn’t hard to see why – His vision and lyrical talent are undeniable.

In Like Me (which features BJ The Chicago Kid), Joey ponders his mortality against the backdrop of Brooklyn. While the video itself has a clear storyline, it would be foolish not to look further into the message behind it and realise that Joey is exploring the deeper (and currently relevant) themes of police brutality, minority incarceration, fear, redemption, and hope.

Listen to B4.DA.$$ in full here.

Last week Les Sins (AKA Toro Y Moi) released his debut album Michael – The whole thing is a masterpiece of mashed up dance, electro, funk, disco, lounge, and chill wave. As you’ve probably already gathered, Chaz Bundick doesn’t know how to make bad music; This particular project sounds like summertime, rooftops, raves, ice creams, and happiness.

Buy the album if you love yourself!

MUSIC, PEOPLE

YOU’RE DEAD! – FLYING LOTUS

[*Visual above came out only 2 days ago – This is the 1st of 2 tracks from You’re Dead! already released. Kendrick’s flow is seamless on FlyLo’s production, and this video? I cried*]

The masterful mind of Steven Ellison – better known as Flying Lotus – is a consistent and renewing resource that gives and gives. I don’t know how we mere mortals figure we’re worthy of all this musical goodness, so first off I’d like to thank my connect.

In a few days, FlyLo’s 5th studio album You’re Dead! is due for release. The last time I was this excited for an album was probably Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange (2012), or last year’s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon by King Krule. (If you know me at all, you know how highly I hold Frank & Archy so you can probably assume my levels of anticipation at this point.)

Whether you’re FlyLo’s biggest fan, or someone who has only caught a few of his better known tracks/collaborations in passing, I think we can all agree has an undeniable gift. His appeal not only crosses genres, but is so far-reaching that he’s probably your favourite producer’s favourite producer. (By the way, he can rap too. Check out Captain Murphy’s Duality, 2012) He creates music that is innovative, experimental, and ground-breaking; All while ensuring his sound remains digestible and palatable – Oh, and he makes it look easy; natural even.

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