Last year Earl Sweatshirt released a new album (I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside), hinted at a name change, labeled Drake a "culture vulture," and fired shots at Eminem on social media. Through the first seven months of this year, however, the peculiar but talented emcee has remained relatively quiet. Aside from a fewrandomsong releases in January, Sweatshirt's footprint on 2016 has been nil.
On Tuesday, Adult Swim released "Balance," a collaboration between Earl and producer Knxwledge that serves as the latest exclusive in their ongoing promotional program.
Clocking in at a not-robust run-time of 1:19, "Balance" feels more like an idea than a complete thought, but the combination of Earl's lyrical intimacy and openness, combined with Knxwledge's jazzy piano keys, makes for an enjoyable listening experience.
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Here is Earl's lone, complete verse:
Watch the wall collide with my fist / Mostly over problems that I know I should fix / Focused so I know my skin tone is a cliff / We on the edge and they hopin' we slip / I had to ask moms what I owed in this shit, she said nothin' / She asked about them old times both of us miss, I said nothin' / She asked me if I'm smokin' again / I told her that I prolly gotta go in a bit
Similar to Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, who together make up NxWorries, Earl and Knxwledge have great chemistry. Let's cross our collective fingers that a joint EP is in our future.
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