6 Things To Remember From Earl Sweatshirt’s NYT Interview


4. His work as a volunteer for sexual abuse victims helped censor his lyrics.

Before Samoa, Earl Sweatshirt’s album Earl was premised with the phrase: “Lyrics About Rape, Coke, And Couches Will Be Blaring In Your Ears.” Once he started volunteering at the Samoa Victim Support Group, he changed his tune a bit. “There’s nothing that you can — there’s no — you can’t evade the — there’s no defense for like — if you have any ounce of humanity,” he said in the interview regarding cleaning up his lyrics.

5. Sweatshirt has separate management from the rest of Odd Future, as well as a separate record deal.

Earl turned down large advances to ink a deal that would include his membership in Odd Future. With his own imprint to be distributed on Columbia Records, he made sure that he would be able to include the Odd Future logo on his upcoming projects. Looks like its loyalty over money for Mr. Sweatshirt.

6. He is still working on his relationship with his mother.

Like most teenager-parent relationships, some wrinkles of rebellion and misunderstanding may need to be ironed out. After getting much flack for sending her son to Samoa, Professor Harris is still repairing her relationship with Earl. The two are in therapy sessions. “I don’t spend as much time at home as I necessarily should be,” he told The Times. “I know I’m not as considerate as I should be.” Apparently they’ve still go work to do.