Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Earl Sweatshirt- "Chum"

"Trying to figure out how and when the f**k I missed moderate?" Is Earl Sweatshirt's dilemma in the autobiographical "Chum." Even in the confines of Odd Future, Earl was seen as the most outrageous, the most vile, the most threatening. Superlatives served him well, and moderation was an alien word. His 2010 release Earl stands as the pinnacle of the early O.F. sound with its imagined "immature crime sprees" and cop killings. 

On "Chum" Earl trades it all in for a shot at normalcy. "Get up off the pavement, brush the dirt off my psyche," he raps over a stuttering piano in the chorus. Earl's stuck swinging between the calm and the chaotic. Where he once disavowed his M.I.A. dad (South African-poet Keorapetse Kgositsile), he's now acknowledging he misses him. Earl swallows the bitter pill called pride and finds solace in shots and "big brother" Tyler, the Creator. All that moderation disappears, and his mom is left "offering peace offerings." And in the most tellingly line, he admits "I'm indecisive, I'm scatterbrained, and I'm frightened it's evident." With confessionals like this, all the past Earl tracks start to fall in place. On Earl, we weren't hearing a kid inventing these twisted narratives to shock or "for fun," we were hearing a frightened teenager doing everything he could to escape. On "Chum" he's stopped running and embraced reality.

Download Link: http://www.audiomack.com/song/thesmokingsection/chum



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