Earl Sweatshirt has released “The Mint,” the second cut his upcoming Some Rap Songs LP. The announcement comes on the tail of an active month for the Odd Future MC, which included new track “Nowhere2Go“, a contribution to Vince Staples’ FM! and an appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw. The reclusive Sweatshirt has only released three songs on Soundcloud and appeared on a handful of features since his 2015 LP, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside.
Some Rap Songs finds Earl grieving the death of his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile, and his longtime friend, Mac Miller, as well as his long standing struggles with anxiety and depression. So far, the two singles indicate a new glitch-hop style and both work as vignettes without chorus or traditional drum work. The percussion we do see in “The Mint” is lo-fi, blurred and pushed to the back of the mix by the track’s producer, Black Noi$e. Earl’s cadence feels like shadowboxing, constantly hitting the back-beat at odds with the syncopation. The track also introduces Navy Blue of the Slums NYC collective.
Earl Sweatshirt’s Some Rap Songs comes out November 30th. Listen to “The Mint” below.