Earl Sweatshirt's just released his new album, Sick!, and it's a project that sees him leaning into the chaos that's reigned supreme in recent times. Sick! is Earl's way of exploring the impact of the pandemic on both society and himself, and how life's changed over the last two years.
The 10-track project captures Earl's almost-unmatched ability to create thoughtful rhyme schemes that slowly unfurl themselves. Sick! features production from Black Noi$e and The Alchemist, as well as vocal appearances from Zelooperz and Armand Hammer.
Speaking about the project, Earl explains, "Sick! is my humble offering of 10 songs recorded in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns. Before the virus I had been working on an album I named after a book I used to read with my mother (The People Could Fly). Once the lockdowns hit, people couldn't fly anymore.
"A wise man said art imitates life. People were sick. The People were angry and isolated and restless. I leaned into the chaos cause it was apparent that it wasn't going anywhere. these songs are what happened when I would come up for air. Peace and love to Zelooperz the enigma, The Armand Hammer, and my good friends Alchemist and Black Noi$e. Peace and love to u."
You can check out Sick! below. It's a great addition to Earl's towering discography, and it's one of those albums that reveals something brand-new with every listen.