Earl Sweatshirt has revealed the title, artwork and release date for his third studio album. Some Rap Songs drops on November 30th and, according to a press release, the album will partially deal with the death of Earl’s father, poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile. Sweatshirt was supposed to visit Keorapetse to reconcile a month before his passing.
“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 wrote. “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.”
Along with the album announcement, Earl dropped the second song off the project, “The Mint,” featuring Navy Blue and produced by Black Noi$e. Succinct and off-kilter, “The Mint” is Earl at his most abstract. Fleeting moments deal with a year of existential crisis (“Two years I’ve been missin’, livin’ life”) and time spent battling his demons (“Bumpin’ shoulders with the devil in disguise”). It’s a confusing and compelling story of survival. “In terms of the lineage of all the shit that I’ve done, niggas have really really grown up with me. I’m a surviving child star,” Earl admits.
He’s not wrong.