Earl Sweatshirt has announced his new album Some Rap Songs, his first album since 2015’s I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. To go along with the announcement, he has released a new track “The Mint” featuring Navy Blue.
The new track is a chill, bleak look at what Sweatshirt has been living through over the past two years. Over a piano-led beat from Black Noi$e, he raps about a year of existential crisis and his struggle to grow up in the world that he been created for him.
Some Rap Songs will partially deal with the death of his father, poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile. Sweatshirt was supposed to visit his father before his death and part of those feelings are in the album.
"Me and my dad had a relationship that's not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one," Earl says in a statement. "Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it's literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self."
It also addresses major changes in his life, moving between his mother’s house, New York City and then LA, adapting to each environment. At 24, he is seeing the world a little differently.
“I take this shit seriously," Earl says. "And I take myself improvement seriously because I know that I have a platform. I'm trying to be a better person through real action and not just talking about it. My karma comes to me in people: in who I'm speaking to and who I'm speaking for."
Pre-order the album here, which will be released on November 30.