Featuring Vince Staples and an unexpected cameo from the unhinged Reverend X in the form of vocal sample (“cut that b*tch off!”), Earl Sweatshirt’s introspective new single “Burgundy” lives up to the hype and gushing critical praise that has preceded the release of his debut album.
The west coast wunderkind waxes poetic about being the son of a poet, juggling family obligations with perfecting his art, and the ennui borne of having to live up to others’ expectations. Earl’s monotone delivery cuts through The Neptunes’ melancholy keys and big drums like cold water mellowing the burn of a bottom shelf scotch.
Earl’s debut Doris drops on August 20. Expect the Odd Future standout to pour a stiff drink to a hip-hop world whose collective teeth are rotten from a constant intake of Kool-Aid.