UPDATE: Earl Sweatshirt is sick, so this show has been postponed until Thursday, September 3, according to Venue 578's Facebook.
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: Earl Sweatshirt's sophomore album title seems to perfectly embody the 21-year-old's "fuck everyone and fuck everything" current state of mind. His new 10-track project is almost entirely produced by Earl himself, and his production provides a somber backdrop that contrasts with the pointed and assertive lyrics. This is evident growth since the release of his debut album, Doris, the product of Earl's transition from attending a school in Samoa for "troubled youth" to adapting to fame and success.
In an interview with Clash magazine shortly after the release of Doris, Earl said, "I'm starting to sound like myself again. Doris is cool, but you can hear the doubt in my voice." I Don't Like Shit was birthed after Earl "ejected himself from tour" after stating on Twitter that he was "physically and mentally at the end of (his) rope." This tattered mentality is clearly on display as Earl confronts his demons face to face throughout the album's entire 30 minutes.
Faux relationships, addiction, missing his grandmother and the pressures of fame serve as frequent topics; however, Earl affirms toward the end of the album, "When it's problems, I don't holler, rather fix them all myself." In a recent Twitter Q&A, Kendrick Lamar (who is highly regarded as one of the genre's gatekeepers) named Sweatshirt as his favorite hip-hop artist. An interesting call by Lamar, but with Earl in his newfound comfort zone, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside looks to be the opening of a new chapter in the young artist's career.
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