Earl Sweatshirt feels he finally shed the last of his teenage self in his latest album drop, I Don’t Like Sh*t, I Don’t Go Outside, a nostalgic album full of melancholy honesty and confessionals. The 21-year-old L.A. native is in a different place now, and the album acted as a culmination of his past selves at age 19 and 20.
“I feel I Don’t Like Shit was really the pinnacle as far as the idea of Earl Sweatshirt, the teen, could go,” he says. “Just a lot of the sounds were the fully grown shit that I feel like we was on when we were teenagers. That O.F. sound. A lot of it is a new twist on some shit that’s super-nostalgic. So that shit is like the last of me, the final shedding of the teen shit.”
In Grantland‘s profile of Earl, he opened up about his transition as an artist in the scope of finding himself. A certain artist that we know- maybe one with an album titled To Pimp A Butterfly– assisted Earl in his soul searching and growth. (In a Q&A with Kendrick on his personal Twitter, he revealed that Earl Sweatshirt is his favorite artist.) Earl was able to reciprocate the love and express his gratitude for To Pimp A Butterfly.
“I don’t know if it was a gift or curse, but for me it’s that I had to fucking find myself,” Earl said. “That’s why I told the homies, whatever nuances I’m not feeling with a Kendrick [Lamar]–type album, I’m still so thankful for his position because he’s doing that work so that fools like me can still find myself. I just don’t do it in the same way as Kendrick. Kendrick is so explicit in the way that that nigga writes. Like, it’s so explicit. He’s the opposite of mystery; everything is fully spelled out. But it’s in [an] everyman’s language. You can really, really understand it. It’s sophisticated but it doesn’t take a lot to understand what he’s talking about. And everyone can read it, so it’s like … it gives me room to find myself.”
Earl started releasing music when he was only 16 years old, with the debut mixtape Earl. Listen to his album below: