Sunday, July 21, 2013

Earl Sweatshirt - Hive (Official Music Video)

Earl Sweatshirt has released his third single and music video from his upcoming album Doris. "Hive" also features guest appearances from OFWGKTA affiliate Casey Veggies and Vince Staples. The gloomy beat is familiar ground for Earl's internal rhyming and run-on flow and it's easy to see why he's one of the top rappers from Odd Future's roster (impressive considering he's only 19-years-old!). Many people struggle to comprehend Earl's lyrics and many casual rap fans are not really into the darkly toned style he has built himself on, but his wild imagination and creative flows set him apart. Not many rappers possess the extensive diction Sweatshirt has, let alone make the multi-syllable words rhyme for more than two bars. 

His first single "Chum" came out last year and the song is more introspective than fans were used to hearing, but the heavy bass and chilling piano let him showcase what he's capable of. The music video is black and white and eerie but he still managed to poke fun at himself ("too black for the white kids and too white for the blacks"). Next came "Whoa" featuring Tyler, The Creator which was a reminder to devout fans that he can still rhyme bizarre words ridiculously well like he did on "Earl". 

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