Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mis-adventures of a Sh*t-talker: Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, The Creator - "WHOA" (Wolf Haley)


Maybe Earl Sweatshirt really was locked up in a Samoan juvenile detention center from 2010-12 or maybe he was just "chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool" for a while. Whatever the real deal was, Odd Future's 19-year-old protegee is back and after a string of non-album loosies, he's finally prepping his long-awaited sophomore album. Doris is rumored to feature production work from Pharrell, Flying Lotus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Samiyam, The Alchemist, Christian Rich... and guest vocals/instrumentals from Thundercat, Frank Ocean, DOOM, Om'mas Keith, Action Bronson, and his fellow Odd Future cohorts. Earl Sweatshirt quietly released "WHOA" late Monday-Tuesday night and eventually proceeded to break The Internet; Tyler, The Creator contributes a few ferocious bars, as well as directorial duties [Wolf Haley] for it's terribly AWESOME zonked out music video.


I mean, getting introspective and deep is cool and all... But I can really get into the rebellious, righteous, and almost Punk Rock nature of "WHOA" over comeback single "Chum." EarlWolf and friends are basically seen getting (w)reckless across a sun-drenched wasteland somewhere in California. Tyler, The Creator conjured up a hard-hitting synth-based beat, which has been under-laid behind a dancing middle-aged ballerina, members of Trash Talk, skateboarding pools, super-fan Lucas Vercetti, an interesting coat/boxers ensemble, and plenty of other blood-soaked hi-jinx. Earl Sweatshirt's own imprint, Tan Cressida (Columbia) plans to unleash Doris sometime this Summer [June?], while Tyler, The Creator's new album, Wolf -- complete with 3 different covers -- is out on XL Recordings April 2nd. Here's a few bars from Earl Sweatshirt, in closing: "Rapping hot as fuck in cattle brands, wearing flannel thongs / Grab a bong, momma and some food, beer, tag along... Pissed as Rick Ross' fifth sip off his sixth lager."

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