Earl Sweatshirt – ‘SICK!’ a Review

Ten years in the making, ‘SICK!’ was an unforeseen one; untamed beyond the sound, switching flows like flipping hands. Just like its seemingly fine momentum of hungriness; the lyrics flew by the Titanic is befitting this project beautifully. “Sweatshirt, ’cause i’m on revenge is best served—Cold dish (Pressure Cookin’ Roast).”
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Dive and navigating the life of Earl Sweatshirt, is like a roller coaster of insider looking out; not with a reluctant self-loathe kind of way, but with a bright and hopeful mysteriously magnetic kind. The 1994 born rapper is now finally stop with the tease, and go on full album mode that’s about to be released. After ‘Feet of Clay’ that was an EP from the scraps of ‘Some Rap Songs’ respectively from late 2018 and 2019. He finally releasing his most grand vision of what his cold cuts has become. SICK! had a surprised drop in 14th January, 2022.

Ten years in the making, ‘SICK!’ was an unforeseen one; untamed beyond the sound, switching flows like flipping hands. Just like its seemingly fine momentum of hungriness; the lyrics flew by the ‘Titanic’ is befitting this project beautifully. “Sweatshirt, ’cause i’m on revenge is best served—Cold dish (Pressure Cookin’ Roast)“. As the result, the culmination of the these past ten years has contributing to Earl that we know and love; through a life as he’s thrown here and there by just anticipating it. Through his sounds alone, we can already expect what might; or what already; if it’s possible to relate with him emotionally.

Every track is a tale, with every person besides Earl that live to help him reach the end of it all.

Turning the page into this short story that came from the Covid camp of self-quarantine. Earl Sweatshirt with many of these named producers and featured artist; albeit some of them are not included in the official artist that’s written in the album. Like Na-kel Smith & Navy Blue for instance. But for some of the featured artist like Zeelopers; Armand Hammer; The Alchemist; and Black Noi$e; grading the value of this album, becoming more and more powerful with Samiyam is also included.

During the span of pre-released of ‘SICK!’, we as a fans already saw a glimpse of what this album taking shape. Similarly so, the headcannon thing that’s being going on in my head as a dear fan, is completely blew off the water. Starting with ‘2010’ last year, with its cascading sounds of Black Noi$e gracefully input. Electronic based beat that spells smart, intelligent, and god-like bars? Sheesh, i can’t certainly get enough of it. To clarify at what Earl Sweatshirt has done to the rap game, carving the lane that of his own. Proving it with the release of this album; the versatility of Earl is shown beautifully through and through.

Building familiarity, clarity, subtle entry to outspoken oneself more to gentle manifestation of what a true wordsmith he is

Heavy hitters like ‘Tabula Rasa’ with duo Armand Hammer on the guest track. Painting Monet with words couldn’t be more accurately depicted. With the help by one of the sLUms collective Rbchmbrs & Theravada on the production notes. This track clearly are made for the urgency of ELUCID lyricism and delivery. As a result, matching eloquently with the booming voice of Billy Woods, establishing the lyrics in so. Playfullness of Earl is clearly shown too in this track “We keep facts in the midnight wax, family tree sap—Light leak through the leaves on familiar tracks—I know it’s real even when I’m feeling bad—Resilient as they built the black”.

With his typical Doris and early flows, SRS slow, steady, and calm; not too commanding, but putting down one’s foot on the ground type. Even for some of the flow and cadence that so unheard of from Earl; also depicted in this album. ‘Titanic’, ‘Lye’, and even small moments like ‘God Laughs’. Makes this album replay value increase to infinity. Knowing that how hungry his fans is, just like the late MF DOOM; putting emphasis on the short duration tracks.

Dynamically beautiful, straight to the point; and even building a room for us as fans to hungry for more. ‘SICK!’ was definitely a journey; with ups and downs by the son of the late Keorapetse Kgositsile. The late journalist, poet, and Black African suwanese activist; and Cheryl Harris the lecturer of UCLA’s Faculty of Law. So that now we can see clearly how he has shaped his legacies to come. In conlusion, Thebe Kgositsile or known as Earl Sweatshirt; has put the mark on his discography once again.

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